Crestcencia Ortiz-Barnett is an MFA directing student in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. She is also completing her doctoral dissertation in Education at the University of Arizona Global Campus, and is the founder of the African American Student Association for Theatre and Film at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Crestcencia’s research interests relate to the history of African American theatre, Black drama and performance and how theatre creates a sense of belonging amongst students of color. Crestcencia holds a BA and MA in Theatre Arts and is a recipient of the ASU Presidential Graduate Assistantship award for 2021-2024.
- Arizona State University: Master of Fine Arts-Directing 2024
- University of Arizona Global Campus: Ph.D. Education, Curriculum and Assessment (ABD) 2023
- University of Nevada Las Vegas: Master of Theatre Arts 2015
- University of Nevada Las Vegas: Bachelor of Theatre Arts 2012
- African/African American/Black Theatre Origins
- Transformative Myths: Black Theatre Organizations and Belonging
- Sense of belonging for first-generation African American female students and its impact on persistence to graduation