Asabi (Stephanie Howard) is an associate professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University. As a performer, director, playwright and stage manager, Asabi aspires to immerse herself in nearly every aspect of theatre. She has directed shows such as for colored girls… & for black boys (her original compilation) which was selected as a feature at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival, The Bluest Eye, The Color Purple, Black Mama Monologues, Ruined, Sarafina, Slappin’ God in the Face (her original work), Fabulation, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, From the Mississippi Delta, Blues for an Alabama Sky and The Amen Corner. She has also authored Reaching for God with Dirty Hands and Tainted Blood (a hip hop drama) and Distorted Beauty. She has received the NCCU College of Liberal Arts Awards in Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship, and Playwriting. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and Wake Forest University, Asabi earned her doctorate at Regent University in Communication and Theatre. She has also taught at Norfolk State University and Bennett College, where she received The Board of Trustee’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
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