Disciplines: Performing Arts
Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, recently honored as one of Rhode Island's Women of Distinction, is a long time teaching artist-activist in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Her work encompasses directing and developing new work for the stage and film and in schools that address important social justice issues. She has been on the faculty of Brown University's Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies since 1987, and a core faculty member of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Theatre Institute since the early 1980s. As the co-founder of The Yeredon Center in Mali, West Africa, Ms. Bach-Coulibaly has worked to utilize theatre and film documentary to combat gender discrepancies, endemic disease, malnutrition, and political corruption.