Haitian Studies Association

Member Profile

Lois Wilcken

La Troupe Makandal, Inc. - Executive Director

Website/Professional Profile

Email: makandal@earthlink.net
Open to talking with: Educators (K-12), Scholars, Students (College), Activists, Artists

Interests: Environment, Music, Religion, Arts - Performing

Lois Wilcken (PhD, Columbia University), a native New Yorker, has had the pleasure of researching Afro-Haitian music in Port-au-Prince and New York City's Haitian neighborhoods. She shares her experiences with academic and general audiences. In addition to developing and producing theatrical and educational programs with La Troupe Makandal, she has authored The Drums of Vodou (1992) and co-edited Island Sounds in the Global City (1998). One may visit French and English versions of Dr. Wilcken's Vodou Music in Haiti exhibit at www.lameca.org. She is currently annotating a collection from her own field recordings for publication on the web-based Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis Digital Archive (EVIADA) based at Indiana University, and with Makandal, she is building an online archive centered on the life and legacy of the company's late Artistic Director, Master Drummer Frisner Augustin.