Talise A. Campbell is a graduate of Cleveland State University receiving both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of Education and Educational Administration. She was a founding member of the Imani African-American Dance Company under the direction of Iyani Fasi Irunsewe.
Ms. Campbell went on further to become choreographer and lead dancer for the Iroko Drum and Dance Society, being featured at the Palace Theatre for “Best International Works.” She has studied with the likes of Marie Basse-Wiles, Mouminatou Camara, Ronald K. Brown, National Ballet of Senegal, National Ballet of Mali and Baba Chuck Davis to name a few.
Her choreographic works has been featured receiving rave reviews in notable plays such as Ruined, God’s Trombones, Black Nativity, Julius Caesar Set in Africa and her annual highly anticipated self-produced production of Juneteenth.
Combining her love for arts and education, she became a full-time faculty member teaching students with learning disabilities through the integration of the cultural arts at Cleveland School of the Arts. Currently Ms. Campbell is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Dance at Oberlin College and serves as Adjunct Faculty at Cleveland State University in the Department of Theater and Dance. She is also the Executive Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of Djapo Cultural Arts Institute where she has created a repertoire of over 40 works that has touched over 300,000 people over a decade through stage performances, residencies, lectures and workshops.
Her mission is to preserve traditional music, art, dance, folklore and history of Africa and throughout the African Diaspora. Her work has been achieved through her ongoing diasporic research, community arts engagement programs and her annual international travels where her work has been featured in West Africa, South America, United Kingdom, Cuba and the Caribbean Islands to name a few.