Shirley   Basfield Dunlap

Coordinator of Theatre Arts


SHIRLEY BASFIELD DUNLAP, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Theatre Arts returns to Morgan State University after being an Associate Professor of Theatre at Iowa State University and Towson University.  She has professionally directed August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play FENCES.  At Madison Repertory Theatre, this production featured in the role of Troy Maxson, Roscoe Orman (who plays Gordon on the long running children’s television show Sesame Street). Mr. Orman played the role of Gabe in FENCES on Broadway.  She has directed the story of singer Alberta Hunter, COOKIN’ AT THE COOKERY at the Herberger Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona and Pearl Cleage’s FLYIN’ WEST.  Tony Award winner Melba Moore starred in two of the six productions of Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s FROM  THE  MISSISSIPPI  DELTA which Ms. Dunlap has directed at regional theatres throughout the country including Milwaukee and Madison Repertory Theatre.  Her production of HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS’ FIRST 100 YEARS originated at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre before moving to Studio Arena in Buffalo, New York, The Dallas Center Theater and Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE.  Also at Buffalo’s Studio Arena, Ms. Dunlap directed John Henry Redwood’s THE OLD SETTLER.  Shirley Dunlap directed the late Ossie Davis in SPEAK TO US OF CHILDREN in Baltimore, MD.  Her work has also been seen at The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio, The Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, Florida, and The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center to name but a few.  Directing credits also include OAK AND IVY (the life of Paul Laurence Dunbar), MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, FORTINBRAS, THE MEDEA MYTH, and SHIRLEY VALENTINE.  She directed A RAISIN IN THE SUN at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in Spring, 2004 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Bd of Education. 

          Ms. Dunlap’s leadership skills included developing and coordinating several workshops and symposia from the first Iowa International Storytelling Conference, the first African American Mimetics Conference in Maryland to a Maryland Hate Crime Symposia.  Ms. Dunlap is a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC).  Her favorite productions?  ...Stacie and Wesley Dunlap!