Stephen Wye

Research area: An Extravagant Burlesque: 19th-Century Blackface Minstrelsy and Its Contemporary Revival

My research has focused on 19th-century colonial entertainment, and my practice investigates the adaptation of historical genres for contemporary audiences.

Presently nearing completion, Moyarra: An Extravagant Undress, is a stage work for five actor/singers juxtaposing Victorian blackface minstrelsy and burlesque with 21st-century technology and sensibilities.

The first of several audio files may be found at