Lisa B. Thompson

Lisa B. Thompson is an artist/scholar and Associate Professor of African & African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of numerous articles and the book, Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class. Her plays have been produced and developed by Brava for Women in the Arts!, New Professional Theatre, The Vortex Repertory, Theatre Rhinoceros, Crossroads Theatre, National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, Company of Angels Theater, New African Grove Theatre Company, Black Spectrum Theatre, FronteraFest, Austin Playhouse and the National Black Theatre Festival. Her plays include Single Black Female (LA Weekly Theatre Award best comedy nominee), and Underground (Austin Critics Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award), Monroe, The Mamalogues, Dreadtime Stories: One Sista’s Hair, I Don’t Want to Be (Mamie Till), as well as the afro-futuristic trilogy of short plays: Watch, Mother Nature, and Mother’s Day. Thompson’s creative work has been anthologized in Contemporary Plays by African American Women: Ten Complete Works and Catch the Fire: A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has received fellowships and awards from a number of institutions including Hedgebrook, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Harvard University’s W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, and Stanford University’s Michele R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She is currently writing a book about contemporary black theatre and a play about culture clashes within the African Diaspora.