Faculty Profile for Mr. Sid Rushing Jr.

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Mr. Sid Rushing Jr.
Lecturer — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 101
phone: (512) 245-3838

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Syd has penned various stage productions in both Chicago, Texas and Los Angeles. He also wrote and performed his one man show Brother’s Tellin’ which opened for Lily Tomlin’s show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe in Los Angeles. Syd was then selected for the Mark Taper Playwright’s Program. He went on to a string of produced plays including Aberdeen and Netarine, Akashic Permutations, Unsung Heroes and Flossie. Rushing was honored to be a winner in the Queensbury Theatre New Work Playwright series, a semi-finalist in Cine Story’s TV 2021 contest, a semifinalist in Screen Craft's TV 2022 Pilot Contest and a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center. His play Fannie was developed by the August Wilson House and Carnegie Mellon University artists. In addition, he has garnered two development grants with the National Black Theatre. He is the inaugural August Wilson Fellow, America's 21st Century Voices, Theatre 4 the People Artist Residency 2022 and a VIP guest alongside Denzel Washington for the 2022 August Wilson House building opening.

Syd is a graduate of the B.F.A Acting program via the University of Mississippi, a graduate of New York's American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Writer's Screenwriting Boot Camp in Los Angeles, a certified Texas teacher, AVID certified teacher and a graduate of Texas State University with a M.F.A Dramatic Writing degree. Lastly, Syd worked on the crew for Paramount pictures on shows such as Frasier and Moesha.

Lastly, Syd served as dramaturg for Black Latino Playwright Conference 2022 for the play Cup of Life going up for production in Portland, Oregon with Kwik Jones. Also, he is a featured actor in the film Horton Foote the Road to Home with Robert Duvall which is heading to streaming 2023.

His expertise would be musical theatre, playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, Native American History, African Diaspora History, dramaturgy and a University research scholar.

Teaching Interests

Pulitzer Prize winning plays
Diverse plays
LBGT cannon
August Wilson cannon
Styles of Theatre, Naturalism, Surrealism, Realism, Absurd
Theatre History
Creating Dynamic Stories
Screenplays across the Century

Research Interests

Howard University selected speaker August Wilson's Traditional/Non Traditional Casting
Native American Spirituality
Yoruba Spirituality
African Diaspora Cause and Effects
US Education Trends
Curriculum k- 12, to College - Best Practices for Learning
Learning Styles
AVID Prep Curriculum

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Terrance Town. NA. 2023.
  • FANNIE. 2021.
    • Reading. March 5, 2021 August Wilson House, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Distillery Seattle Fellowship, Seattle Public Theatre. December 30, 2023 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: BIPOC PLAY LAB WINNER - NEW JERSEY - AMERICAN THEATRE GROUP, ATG. September 1, 2023 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: TOP 10 NATIONAL TV PILOT WRITERS, SCREENCRAFT. January 3, 2023 - Present

Selected Service Activities

University Mentor
Black Male Mentor