Jelisa Jay Robinson


Jelisa Jay Robinson, Negra-Americana (Black American) storyteller, playwright and educator, attended the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Latin American Studies and Theatre.  During college, she wrote her first play Ice Cold Milk and an Oreo Cookie and she's been writing ever since. 

Her play The Stories of Us, that tackles Black and Brown relations, Afrolatinidad and Afro-diaspora 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, an excerpt reading at the Now Africa Festival in New York (2016), an excerpt performance at the Black and Brown Theatre Inaugural Showcase in Detroit (2016) and a developmental residency in Chicago with the theatre Vision Latino (2017).

Other full-length plays include: Fae and Paciencia (commissioned by Echame Un Ojo Latinx Arts festival in Austin, TX in 2016, reading at The Rec Room in Houston, Texas in 2017) and Delivery (Scriptworks Reading in 2017, Reading at the Mexican American Cultural Center in 2017).

Short works include Fight Til the Death (14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival),  Freedom (Austin One Minute Play Festival) 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 one of 14 playwrights nationwide chosen to participate in the inaugural 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.

She is the founder of #Teatrolatinegro, a blog dedicated to Black, Brown and Afrolatin@ theatre.  She has hosted workshops, shared her experiences with diaspora and love for writing through workshops at Texas State University and other spaces in the Texas area.  She is a proud member of Scriptworks.



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The Stories of Us

Fae and Paciencia


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Andre, a Black American man, gives a shoutout to the Black woman who inspired him to learn his second language.

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A young Multiracial woman gives her take on how her hair plays into her identity.

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Black American woman talks about the bias she experiences for learning Spanish.

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An Afromexican woman shares her experiences navigating her culture.