Webster McDonald

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Webster McDonald is a Jamaican theatre practitioner and educator. He received a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and a M.A. in Theatre Education: Theatre and Community from Emerson College. He has served as an adjudicator and performing arts consultant for speech, dance and drama for many years in the Open Bible churches across Jamaica. He was an adjudicator for the Massachusetts Thespians High School festival in 2019. He has worked extensively as a production assistant and choreographer with Jamaica’s annual independence celebration for over seven years. In Jamaica he taught Theatre Arts for five years at the secondary school level. In his quest to promote the theatrical skills of his students and the indigenous cultural forms in Jamaica; particularly Revival, Brukkins and Kumina, he was instrumental in bringing fourteen students to Guyana in August 2016 to conduct workshops in improvisation and playmaking with the frame of emancipating theatre from colonial prescription. Webster has presented at national and international gatherings around the themes Our History Our Heritage, Black Masculinities in African Diaspora Theatre, interrogating hegemonic beliefs about gender and sexuality unfolding in the Caribbean.  Webster is co-author for the anthology Dubbin Monodrama Anthology I: Black Masculinities in African Diaspora Theatre (Edited by d’bi. young anitafrika and Christopher Oliver, published by Spolrusie Publishing, 2019). Webster’s research delineates/deconstructs the relationship between masculinity, Caribbean culture, sexuality, and performance. At the doctoral level he intends to further critique and problematize the ways in which aspects of Jamaican popular cultural expressions such as Dancehall music serve to engender hegemonic constructions of masculinity and femininity and to provocatively explicate the intersection between heteronormativity and heteropatriarchy. Webster will expand on his emerging theory “creative retributive violence” influenced by Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth”, which will embed radical social change practices while centering Dub-poetry theory, Jamaican Folk rituals, avant-garde theatre-making practices as sites for social critique and restorative justice. 

 


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