Danielle Bainbridge

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B.A. in English and Theatre Arts, Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania (2012)
Research Interests: 
African American & Caribbean Theatre and Literature, Black Feminist Theory, Performance Studies, Literary Criticism, Post-colonial theory, and 19th century to contemporary representations of black life.


Danielle Bainbridge graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts, Cum Laude. She is pursuing a joint degree in African-American Studies and American Studies and the certificate in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. Danielle’s past research has included comparative work on African American and Caribbean theatre. Her senior thesis, ““The Two Women Shook Hands”: A Dramaturgical Reading of Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone= to Heaven and Sistren’s Lionheart Gal,” received the Rose Award for outstanding senior thesis from UPenn’s Center for Undergraduate Research. Her dissertation project, “Refinements of Cruelty: Enslavement and the Performance Archive,” examines the lives and archives of African-American sideshow and freak show performers who were formerly enslaved, reading the documents in their archives as an alternative ledger of enslaved labor and slave memoir. Her academic work has received the generous support of the Beinecke Pre-Prospectus Fellowship (Summer 2013), the Ford Pre-doctoral Fellowship (2014-2017), the Yale American Studies Summer Research Fellowship (2014), and the Yale African American Studies Stuart Taylor Fund (2015). Her academic book review appears in TDR.  Her creative writing appears in Moko Magazine, Killens Review of Arts & Letters, The Mechanics’ Institute Review Online. She was the inaugural winner of the 2015 Barry Lopez prize for creative non-fiction from Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts (judged by Nick Flynn) and a semi-finalist for the Kore Press 2016 memoir award. She received a 2016 scholarship from the Tin House creative writing workshop in Portland, Oregon.
She hosts, researches, and writes an upcoming web series for PBS Digital titled “Origin of Everything.” The first season will air in Fall 2017.