Arts in Context

Award-winning Austin playwright explores life as an artist, scholar, and mother

Award-winning Austin playwright explores life as an artist and scholar

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts In Context. The series explores the process of creation and what it's like to be a working artist in the Austin area. You can watch more stories here

Award-winning Austin-based playwright Lisa B. Thompson discusses her pursuit to become an artist while juggling her job as a professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as her life as a mother.

She creates works from a wide range of genres that have one thing in common: being unapologetically black. Her latest play, titled The Mamalogues, is the second part of a trilogy, including Single Black Female, about middle-class black women. “It’s really important to me that the people I know and love … are represented in the culture,” says Thompson.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Decibel, and Overheard With Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Austin playwright Lisa Thompson
Lisa B. Thompson. Photo courtesy of KLRU