Lecturer in Screenwriting
Christine Houston wrote Two Twenty Seven, a play about her childhood growing up at
227 E. 48th Street, located in what is now known as Bronzeville. She went on to win
the ANTA West, the Lorraine Hansberry and the Norman Lear Playwriting contests. The
latter took her to Los Angeles where she wrote a teleplay for the TV series The Jeffersons.
Marla Gibbs, one of the stars of The Jeffersons, performed the play at her theater
and received the NAACP Image award for best actress, while Mrs. Houston received the
NAACP Image award for playwriting. Mrs. Houston went on to become a staff writer
on the Punky Brewster TV series, and in 1985, Two Twenty-Seven was adapted to television
and became NBC’S hit television series 227. Professor Houston continues to write for
stage and screen. Most recently, she finished her first novel called Laughing Through the Tears and co-wrote a textbook with Christine List entitled, The Screenwriter's Guidebook: Learning from African American Film and Television Writers.
Lecturer and General Manager of WCSU Radio
Herb Kent is an urban radio pioneer. To many Chicagoans, Kent, known as ‘The Cool
Gent”, the “King of the Dusties,” and the “Honorary Mayor of Bronzeville,” is one
of the most important figures in radio history. He has informed and entertained radio
listeners on his long running weekly radio show and opened many doors for African
Americans in the radio industry. He is a Chicago treasure.
During his radio career, Kent worked at stations such as WVON, WJJD, and more, interviewing
many of today’s music legends, including Duke Ellington, Smokey Robinson, James Brown,
Stevie Wonder, Dianna Ross, and Marvin Gaye. Kent was active during the Civil Rights
Movement in the 1960s, hosting a program with Stevie Wonder for Dr. Martin Luther
King’s last visit to Chicago. It was also Kent who took to the airwaves after King’s
assassination to calm rioters on Chicago’s West Side.
The City of Chicago has memorialized Kent with a street named in his honor and by
also naming him the Honorary Mayor of Bronzeville. Kent was inducted into the Museum
of Broadcasting’s Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. Kent ventured into local television
in the late 1990s as host of a popular dance show, “Steppin at Club Seven,” later
to be renamed “The New Dance Club.” Today Kent hosts two highly rated shows on WVAZ-FM.
He wrote an autobiography, The Cool Gent, and is a contributing writer for N’DIGO magazine.
Theatre and Communications,
Kamesha Khan isan Associate Professor of Theatre in the Communications, Media Arts
and Theatre program. She also serves as the CSU Theatre Coordinator. Professor Khan
holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Minnesota. She also actively
works as a professional theatre director and dramaturg. She is a member of the Literary
Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
Professor Khan specializes in African American theatre. She was the recipient of
the 2007 Best Director Black Excellence Award from the African American Arts Alliance
and the recipient of the 2007 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Direction of an
Ensemble for her work on e.t.a. Creative Arts Foundation’s production of Crystal V.
Rhodes’Stoops. She was also nominated for multiple directing and production awards
through the 2010 Black Theatre Alliance and African American Arts Alliance Black Excellence
Awards organizations for her work on ETA Creative Art Foundation's 2009 production
of Gus Edwards' A Fool Such as I. Professor Khan is currently directing the professional
premiere of Nicole Anderson Cobb’s Tangled as a part of e.t.a. Creative Arts Foundation’s
Professor Khan has previously trained, directed, assistant directed, and dramaturged
at such reputable companies as: Penumbra Theatre Company, LaMama ETC Umbria, ETA Creative
Arts Foundation, the National Black Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis Playwrights’
Center, and Red Eye Theatre Company. She has previously taught at Knox College, the
University of Saint Thomas, and the College of Saint Catherine.
Some of Professor Khan’s other directing credits outside of CSU include:Destination Freedom,Kingdom,Bedtime Story,Arcadia, In White America, Fires in the
Mirror, Dutchman, Twilight: Los Angeles, The Maids, The Vagina Monologues, and the
stage adaptation of the bookFingernails Across the Chalkboard. Professor Khan also served as the resident dramaturg for ETA Creative Art Foundation's
2008-2009 season. Professor Khan has a published entry in the Sage’s Encyclopedia of Identity. She was also nominated for an academic advisor of the year award in 2011 at Chicago
Letitia Leonard, M.A.
Since graduating from Chicago State, Professor Leonard furthered her education, earning
her M.A. in Communications from Governor’s State University and went on to work in
television, radio, and print. In August of 2001, Professor Leonard began teaching
Public Speaking courses at Chicago State while concurrently working as a Master Control
and Traffic Coordinator at a television station in Chicago. In addition to her teaching
duties, Professor Leonard presently is a freelance writer and a very active member
of Toastmaster’s International.
Dr. Christine List
Professor and Program Coordinator
Television, Film, Screenwriting
Christine List holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Department of Radio-TV-Film.
She is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been exhibited and broadcast both
locally and internationally. In addition to receiving numerous production grants for
her creative work, List has served as a media grant evaluator for various arts organizations,
including the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been a jurist for international
cinema competitions (Chicago International Film Festival, Women in the Director’s
Chair, ABC New Talent Television Competition) and has published more than a dozen
articles and book chapters on film, as well as a book on the history and theory of
Chicano cinema, Chicano Images: Refiguring Ethnicity in Mainstream Cinema. Her forthcoming book Screenwriter’s Guidebook: Inspiring Lessons for Film and Television
Writers was co-written with Christine Houston, the Creator of the NBC television series
“227." Dr. List has also served as co-editor of the academic journal of the Union
for Democratic Communication, The Democratic Communique.
Among her film projects, List has directed No Nos Tientes (Don't Tempt Us: The Students
of Guatemala). Narrated by Edward James Olmos and winner of the Audience Choice Award
for Best Video of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, No Nos Tientes tells the story
of the student movement for social change during the during the brutal dirty war in
Guatemala. . Most recently, her film Swimmin’ Lesson won the Best Short Film award
for the Black Harvest International Film Festival from the Gene Siskel Film Center
and the Artistic Director's Award from the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival at the WGA
in Los Angeles. The same film was also an official selection of numerous festivals
including Cannes International Film Festival, Portland Women Film Festival, Black
Women of the Diaspora Festival in New York, Black Filmmakers Marketplace Festival
in Los Angeles, Nashville Black Film Festival, Portland Women’s Film Festival and
the San Diego Black Film Festival.
Dr. Karen Martiinson
Theatre and Communications
Karen Jean Martinson explores the intersection of contemporary US American performance,
consumer culture, and the processes of identification through her scholarly and creative
work. She focuses her scholarly research on El Vez, The Mexican Elvis/Robert Lopez,
studying his use of performance and branding to complicate, confound, and ultimately
cross lines of differences, such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality.
Creatively, she works as both a dramaturg and director, staging works of social import
and engagement in theatres across the country. Dr. Martinson remains active in several
professional organizations, including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education,
the American Society for Theatre Research, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of
Prior to coming to Chicago State, Dr. Martinson taught at Bringham Young University
and conducted workshops and lectures at such institutions as Arizona State University,
Caltech, University of St. Thomas, and the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Fatimah Muhammad
Television, Film, Media Studies
As a mediamaker and media studies professional, Dr. Muhammad applies cultural studies
approaches to teaching, creative work, and research. Activities include productions
across TV studio, radio, and digital cinema formats. Her areas of special interest
include documentary, youth development through media literacy, and TV talk shows.
Starting with a position working in master control and production at WCIU-TV in 1992,
she has 20 years of experience as crew and producer of television programs and series,
including: Make the Herbal Connection-herbalist and cancer survivor Dr. Beverly Nicholson
on uses of alternative health treatments and therapies TV series 1997-2003; Exhale-panel
discussion on relationships, parenting and community issues TV series 1; On the Front
Line-line dancing resurgence among Chicago’s African American community, documentary/performance
TV show, 2009.
Dr. Muhammad has written, produced and edited video and radio documentaries. In summer
2008 and 2009, Dr. Muhammad was lead artist training youth from 14-19 years of age
for the City of Chicago After School Matters summer apprenticeship programs at the
Inner-City Muslim Action Network. She served as a production consultant on “The Breach:
Bearing Witness”, a documentary video on hurricane Katrina survivors presented a Clergy
and Lay Leadership Conference in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Muhammad co-produced “Letters
from Prison”, a narrative short movie selected for screening at the San Diego Black
Muhammad has written “Theorizing Media Reception as Identity Narrative Encounters,”
an article submitted and under consideration by the academic journal, Jump Cut. In 2007 she published: “How Not to be a 21st Century Venus Hottentots,” in Gwendolyn
D. Pough, Elaine Richardson, Aisha Durham, and Rachel Raimist, eds., Home Girls Make
Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology, Mira Loma, CA; Sojurns/Parker Publishing,
Marilyn Olson brings 20 years’ experience as a newspaper journalist to her work at
CSU. She has been a managing editor for several newspapers in the Chicago area. In
addition, she has managed her own public relations practice for more than 20 years
as well. Olson began the PR minor at CSU, responding to the need for PR practitioners
in the workforce.
Olson has published six books. A series of four books, based on the theme Christianity
and the Brain, was written with Dr. Ramsis Ghaly, world famous neurosurgeon. Olson
also wrote an instructor’s manual for Pearson Education publishers for their Marketing
Public Relations text, and, another text for Pearson, Study Edition of the Media of Mass Communication. During summers, Olson is also a freelance writer for the Chicago Sun Times media
group, writing special sections and feature stories.
Television Studio Supervisor
Devin Washington, MA
Adjunct Professor and Director of CSU-TV
Devin Washington is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including
National Association of Black Journalists, Chicago Association of Black Journalists,
Broadcast Education Association, National Black Theatre Festival, and more. Washington
is a professional sound and recording engineer, with several albums and audio singles
to his credit. He also serves as the Assistant Producer of the Herb Kent Show. His
first feature film was an official selection of the Pan African Film Festival in Los
Donald Winter, MFA
Adjunct Professor of Television
Professor Donald Winter brings over 30 years of production experience in the film/video
industry, and 14-plus years of previous teaching experience at the four-year college/university
level. He holds a B.A. in Film from Columbia College and MFA in Independent Film
and Digital Imaging from Governors State University. He is President of Winter Productions
film and video company, with principal responsibility as Producer, Director, Editor,
Cinematographer and Screenwriter. His clients have ranged from small start-up companies
to Fortune 500 corporations, and his assignments have taken me on location throughout
the U.S. and abroad to Costa Rica, Paris, France and South Africa.
Professor Winter has worked for local, national and international news organizations,
including all the major U.S. networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, and PBS, as well
as the CBC, BBC and German, Japanese and Russian TV networks. In addition to news
and documentaries, his sports coverage experience includes work for the Chicago Bears,
Bulls, Cubs and White Sox. In the area of research, his most notable recent project
is as Founder and Editor of www.WikiFilmVideo.com, an on-line text for the study and concentration of film video and HD.In the area
of service, Professor Winter completed camera work for a PSA for NBC Hispanic Heritage
Month and a PSA for Englewood film festival.
Radio Station General Manager
Ms. Charlie Goolsby
CMAT Office Manager
Director of Instructional Media Systems Engineering
Television Studio Supervisor
Norman Mason, Lecturer, CMAT, ext. 2884
Muriel Jackson, Lecturer in Communications, CMAT, ext. 2280
Tulani-Prince-Brackett, Lecturer, CMAT, ext. 4506
Craig Kois, Lecturer in Radio, CMAT, ext. 4506
Gennifer Jackson, Lecturer in Theatre, CMAT, ext. 2416
Janelle White, Lecturer, CMAT, ext. 4506