After retiring from ‘Blackademia,’ sista docta to visit San Antonio for an onstage rebirth
Omi Osun Joni L. Jones holds the distinction of being the first Black full professor hired in the communications department of the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. Holding a doctoral degree in educational theatre, she created a 1993 performance titled sista docta to reflect on her experiences in that singular role and challenges faced by other “Blackademics.”
Now, Jones returns after retiring from her 30-year academic career with a new performance titled sista docta/REBIRTH, less to reflect on her three decades as a professor in favor of examining — out loud with an audience as witnesses — where she’s at and what comes next.
“My job,” Jones said of the upcoming performance Friday evening at the Buena Vista Theater, “will be to be as present as possible to what is truly going on right now.”