Lisa B. Thompson is a playwright and Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and affiliate faculty in the departments of English, and Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. Her plays include "Monroe;" "Dreadtime Stories: One Sista’s Hair;" "Mother’s Day;" "I Don’t Want to Be (Mamie Till);" "The Mamalogues;" "Watch;" "Underground;" and "Single Black Female" (Samuel French, Inc., 2012), a nominee for the 2004 LA Weekly Theatre Award for best comedy. Her work has been produced and/or developed by Crossroads Theatre Company, New Professional Theatre, Brava Theater Center, Theatre Rhinoceros, New African Grove Theatre Company, Black Spectrum Theatre, Company of Angels Theater, FronteraFest, The One-Minute Play Festival, the Out of Ink Ten Minute Play Festival, Vortex Repertory Company and the National Black Theatre Festival. Thompson’s book, Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class, received Honorable Mention in competition for the National Women’s Studies Association’s 2010 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Contemporary Plays by African American Women: Ten Complete Works; From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle Class Performances, 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 Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research; the University of California’s Office of the President; Stanford University’s Michele R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research; UCLA’s Center for African American Studies; the Five Colleges Inc.; the University of Texas at Austin's Humanities Institute, and Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.