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Professor: B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., University of Southern California; Ph.D., University of Southern California.

Linda Bannister, professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature from the University of Southern California.  She was the inaugural holder of an endowed chair, The Daum Professorship of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, LMU, 2008-09. She works primarily in these areas: Rhetoric, Composition and Stylistics; contemporary literature by underrepresented groups; Journalism and professional writing; and Playwriting.  She has published over 100 works in the areas of rhetoric, composition, contemporary writers, and journalism, and has most recently focused her attention on playwriting.  She is also the Director of the LMU Journalism Certificate Program and The Secondary Teacher Preparation Program in English.

She and her writing partner, James E. Hurd, Jr., had their one-act play “One Sunday in Mississippi” selected for presentation at the 2003 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. Their full-length drama, Turpentine Jake, was selected for reading at the 2007 National Black Theatre Festival, also in Winston-Salem. She produced the world premiere run of Turpentine Jake at the Del Rey Theater in Los Angeles, August 1-24, 2008, which was nominated for two 2009 NAACP Theatre Awards, and won the award for Best Actress.  Turpentine Jake was a featured performance at the Great Plains Theatre Conference 2010. Bannister and Hurd’s work has also been seen at Theatre Unlimited in North Hollywood, First Stage in Hollywood, Stage 52, The Greenway Court Theatre, The ACME Theatre and The Actor’s Gang, all in Los Angeles. Their work has also been seen on several stages in Florida, Georgia, New York and New Jersey.

Bannister and Hurd have co-authored an award-winning short film, Poet of the Swingin’ Blade, which was selected as a finalist at the 2007 San Diego Black Film Festival, the 2007 Arizona Black Film Showcase, the 2007 Big Island Film Festival in Kona, HA, the 2007 Hollywood Black Film Festival, Reel Black Men 2007, 14th Annual The African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase 2007, and The Fort Omaha Film Festival and Conference 2009. Poet of the Swingin’ Blade won Best Message Film at the San Diego Festival 2007 and The Fort Omaha Film Festival and Conference 2009. Bannister and Hurd are the Producing and Artistic Directors, respectively, of Los Angeles based Theater Company, The Kohl Players: www.kohlplayers.com.