Academic Video

The Power of Autobiography, TEDxHampshire, 2013

This talk chronicles Branner’s life long obsession with first-person narratives, and the surprising revelation that writing and performing autobiographical material affords tremendous personal freedom and cultural agency. Branner’s professional life has been defined by a passion for scripting, staging, and performing original drama, and that passion has defined his approach to teaching. A graduate of San Francisco State University, where he earned an M.A. in Creative Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, and The New School for Drama/Actors Studio Drama School where he earned an M.F.A. in Theatre. Branner served as Dean of the School for Interdisciplinary Arts 2012-2015, and is currently a full Professor of Theatre at Hampshire College, where he teaches a broad range of theatre courses.

The Inauguration of Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash, 2012

Djola Branner, Associate Professor of Theatre and incoming Dean of the School for Interdisciplinary Arts, welcomes Jonathan Lash on behalf of the faculty.

2011 Commencement Faculty Toast

Associate Professor of Theatre Djola Branner delivers the faculty toast to the graduates at Hampshire College’s 2011 Commencement.