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Jelisa Jay Robinson

Bilingual playwright and writer.

 Jelisa Jay Robinson is a Black American/Negra Americana playwright based in Houston, Texas.  Her plays include The Stories of Us, Fae and Paciencia and Delivery.  Her work has been developed and/or presented at the Austin Latino New Play Festival, Teatro Vivo (Austin), Now Africa Festival (New York), The Black and Brown Theatre (Detroit), The Rec Room (Houston) and Vision Latino (Chicago). 

Jelisa's short works include Minutes and Digits and Fight Til the Death (14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival),  PaymentFreedom and Dreamer's Cry (Austin One Minute Play Festival), Mi, Myself and Ay, Papi , The Third Wheel, Pop-Buelo (Fornes Playwriting Workshop Presentation 2016)  and Ice Cold Milk and an Oreo Cookie (UT Lab Theatre 2010).   

Jelisa was commissioned by Echame Un Ojo Latinx Arts festival in Austin to write Fae and Paciencia and was one of 14 playwrights nationwide chosen to participate in the inaugural Maria Irene Fornes Playwriting Workshop taught by Playwright Migdalia Cruz. She was also one of five playwrights nationally selected as a finalist for the inaugural Seattle Public Theatre Emerald New Play Prize.  Jelisa has held residencies with Vision Latino Theatre Company (Chicago) and the National Playwrights Retreat (Colorado). 

 

Afro-Latin@ Theatre Series
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Afro-Latin@ Theatre Series

Actor and Activist Gustavo Melo Cerqueira

15 August 2016

In this installment, Jelisa Jay Robinson profiles Gustavo Melo Cerqueira, a Brazilian arts activist based in Austin, Texas.

Afrolatin@ Theatre Series
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Afrolatin@ Theatre Series

Interview with Playwright and Actress Krysta Gonzales

15 May 2016

In this second installment, Jelisa Jay Robinson interviews Krysta Gonzales about her journey and process as a playwright and actress.

The Afrolatin@ Theatre Series
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The Afrolatin@ Theatre Series

Actress, Writer, and Theatre Mogul Florinda Bryant

25 February 2016

In this first installment, Jelisa Jay Robinson profiles Florinda Bryant of Salvage Vanguard Theater.

Why We Need Afro-Latin@ Theatre
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Why We Need Afro-Latin@ Theatre

26 December 2015

Playwright Jelisa Jay Robinson advocates the need for more representation of Afro-Latin@s both onstage and behind the scenes in theatre.

Afrolatin@ Theatre
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Afrolatin@ Theatre

Addressing the call to action in the article “Why We Need Afrolatin@ Theatre,” this series highlights many outstanding Afrolatin@ theatre artists around the United States who diligently offer the world their art.