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Dee Selmore

Published January 24, 2022

Ph.D. Student, Theatre & Performance Research


Dee is a first-year Ph.D. student in Theatre and Performance Studies. Her research centers on the canon of Black Theatre and Performance.

Dee received her BA from Florida A&M University in Theatre Performance. She received an MS from Florida State University in Theatre (Education) and an MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Full Sail University. Dee is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Black Theatre Network, Theatre Communications Group, Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Florida Association of Theatre Educators. Dee is also a member of the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) and volunteers with their Open Access Campaign, an initiative designed to increase minority membership in the union. Dee has served as an adjudicator for Florida community colleges and the Florida District 1 Thespians Society Festival. She is a co-founder of the Essential Theatrical Associates (ETA) performance group and the owner of Oluse (O-lou-shay) Performing Arts. Dee serves on the board of the Irish Repertory Theatre and the American Stage Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council as the Artistic subcommittee co-chair.

Dee has appeared in numerous film and television productions, including projects by FSU College of Motion Picture Arts students. Her latest project, QueerBNB, will be released in late 2021. Dee’s stage experience includes: Letters to Kamala (Charlotta Bass, American Stage), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth, Digital Shakespeare Co.), Skeleton Crew (Faye, American Stage), Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier, Round Barn Theatre), The Color Purple (Sofia, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe), To Kill a Mockingbird (Calpurnia, Mill Mountain Theatre), Doubt (Mrs. Muller, Crane River Theatre), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre), and Footloose (Vi Moore, Jenny Wiley Theatre). Dee has also performed several readings at the National Black Theatre Festival. Dee is the 2020 Theatre Tampa Bay Award winner for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Play for her role in Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau.