Billicia Charnelle Hines
Billicia Charnelle Hines is the Assistant Chair, Co-Artistic Director of the Black Theatre and Dance Collective, and Associate Professor of Theatre at Wayne State University. She attended NC Agricultural & Technical State University (BFA) and University of Missouri at Kansas City (MFA).She is a Certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, an organization in which she proudly holds the position of Teacher Associate.
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. In 2016, 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.
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. She has also found time to do voice-over work, independent films, and many other promotional videos. In addition, she is Executive Director of Unify Productions. A Theatre and Media Company that engages the community through social justice .”Engage.Create. Empower”