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Meet Our Author

headshot-jelisa-robinsonJelisa Jay Robinson is a passionate self-proclaimed “Morena American” playwright and writer from Houston, Texas.  She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Theatre and Dance and Latin American Studies.  During her time on campus, Jelisa wrote, performed and directed several plays including her first play Ice Cold Milk and an Oreo Cookie.  Her play The Stories of Us, that tackles Afrolatinidad in Texas, was one of three plays chosen for the Austin Latino New Play Festival in 2015.  It received a critically-acclaimed full production by Teatro Vivo in 2016. Robinson’s play Fae and Paciencia was commissioned by and read at the first Echame Un Ojo Latinx Arts festival in Austin, TX.   Robinson was one of 14 playwrights chosen to participate in the inaugural Fornes Playwriting Workshop in 2016 (taught by Migdalia Cruz) where she premiered a scene from her new piece Pop-Buelo. Other titles include Mi, Myself and Ay, Papi and The Third Wheel.  Through her writing, Jelisa uplifts Black women and shines a light on Afrolatin@ narratives.  She is a member of the LatiNegrxs Project, a multimedia space dedicated to highlighting Afrolatin@ media.  Her writing has been featured on Ain’t I Latina?, Cafe Onda/HowlRound (the Afrolatin@ Theatre Series), Las Morenas de Espana and her award-winning blog Black Girl, Latin World. She is the founder of #Teatrolatinegro, a blog dedicated to Afrolatin@ theatre.    Jelisa is motivated by the desire to help the next generation of Black and Brown (and Black-Brown) artists feel empowered.  When she is not writing, she can be found traveling, gushing over Bluey Robinson and Laz Alonzo, jamming to Los Rakas, and spending time with her family.  She is a firm believer in God and bringing a positive impact in the world.
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