Billicia Hines

Billicia Hines

Associate Professor of Theatre/ Assistant Chair/Artistic Director of Black Theatre and Dance Collective

Billicia Hines

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3325.5 Old Main
4841 Cass Ave.

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Billicia Charnelle Hines is the Assistant Chair,  Co-Artistic Director of the Black Theatre and Dance Collective, and Associate Professor at Wayne State University Theatre and Dance Department.  

  Her academic research profile is in the area of Performance and Theatre of the African Diaspora and Social Change. She has presented workshops and presentations throughout various universities and regional and national conferences within this subject area. She was awarded a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council for her year-long project, Detroit 1967: Page to Stage. It allowed her to use Dominique Morisseau’s play “Detroit ‘67” as a way to teach high school students about the Detroit Rebellion. Currently, her research (practical and theorectical) is focused on Deconstructing ( aka Decolonizing) the Performing Arts. She continues to use her passion and current research to create more inclusivity and equitable change within performing arts programs.

While in Michigan, her directing credits include Mr. Joy (Theatre Nova), Resisting ( (Theatre Nova), A Song for Coretta, A Raisin in the Sun, Harriet Jacobs, and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Colored Museum, Venus, and many others.  Also, she has directed numerous productions and performs various one-woman shows that deal with social issues that encompasses domestic violence, healthcare, and empowerment. In addition, she is Executive Director of Unify Productions. A Theatre and Media Company that engages the community through social justice.”Engage.Create. Empower”


Area of Expertise


Black Theatre

Theatre of Social Change

Michael Chekhov Acting Technique




Degrees and Certifications


NC Agricultural & Technical State University (BFA)

University of Missouri at Kansas City (MFA)

Certified Teacher and Associate Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium


Recent Publications


Hines, Billicia Charnelle and Courtney, Ras Michael (2019) "The ‘I Am…’ Experience: Social Justice Art from Process to Product," Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal: Vol. 4 , Article 3.    Available at:

Anderson, M. and Billicia Hines. “On the Corner of 12th and Clairmount: Conversations with Playwright Domnique Morisseau, Actor Breayre Tender, and the Ghosts of Detroit ’67," Texas Theatre Journal (2019).

Anderson, M., Billicia Hines and Richard Haley. “Detroit ’67: Temporalities of Theatrical Representation in the Context of Memorialisation,” Body, Space &Technology(2018)

Production Review of “ The Movement” by Kathy D. Harrison Continuum The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance




Awards and Honors

Humanities Fellowship 2020-2021

Humanities Residency Scholars Program 2019-20

 Humanities Working Group 2018-19— $800

 Humanities Residency Scholars Program 2018-19- $800

2018 Wilde Award, Best Original Production – Director, Resisting, Theatre Nova, Anna Arbor, M

  2017, Sue Nine Award for Outstanding Faculty, Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

 Humanities Residency Scholars Program 2017-18- $800]

 Humanities Working Group 2019-20- $800

  Faculty Creative Research Grant, 2016 “The Voices of Morisseau, Salter, and Kelley: In their Own Words”                   

 President’s Research Enhancement Program, 2016- “ The Voices of Morisseau, Salter, and Kelley: In their Own Words  



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