Lisa B. Thompson is an award-winning artist and scholar whose insightful criticism, satirical comedies, and poignant dramas challenge stereotypes about Black life in the US. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, throughout the US, and internationally. She is the author of three books: Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class, Single Black Female, and Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues: Three Plays. Her work has received support from of prestigious academic and artistic institutions including the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Hedgebrook, MacDowell, Millay Arts, National Performance Network, and the W. E. B. DuBois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center. 

Thompson also co-hosts and co-produces Black Austin Matters, a podcast and bi-monthly radio segment on KUT: Austin’s NPR station that explores Black life, culture, and politics in Central Texas. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and NPR. She is the Bobby and Sherri Patton Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin where she also serves as Advisor to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts on Faculty Mentoring. 

You can follow her @drlisabthompson on Instagram and Twitter.

TOPICS: Art, Women & Girls of Color, Sexuality, Writing 

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