About the author: Dr. McClinton received his PhD from Wayne State University, Detroit. He is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre, and Coordinator for BFA Major in Musical Theatre at Kent State University.
1999 0-7734-7940-6 This study examines Vinnette Carroll's coantributions to theatre and musical theatre, and especially her work as developer of the song play through her collaboration with composer Micki Grant and her work with Langston Hughes. It focuses on her attempt to revitalize the spirit of the African American theatre experience through h directing, development of the gospel song-play, and her innovative administrative style. Research consisted of evaluating plays written, directed and collaborated on by Carroll in conjunction with the review of available prompt scripts. Critical reviews from public performances were evaluated, historical and biographical data compiled. Interviews with Carroll and other artists with whom she were worked were conducted.