AYANNA THOMPSON, George Washington University

Ayanna Thompson is professor of English at George Washington, specializing in Renaissance drama and issues of race in/as performance. She is the author of Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centered Approach; Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America; and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage. She wrote the new introduction for the revised Arden 3 Othello, and is the editor of Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance. Currently on the editorial boards of the Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, and Shakespeare Bulletin, she has served as a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America and a member of the board of directors for the Association of Marshall Scholars.


October 12-14, 2017
     University of Houston/Rice University, Houston, TX
November 2-3, 2017
     Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

November 9-10, 2017
     University of the South, Sewanee, TN

November 30-December 1, 2017
     Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

February 1-2, 2018
     Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA

February 15-16, 2018
     Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

March 15-16, 2018
     CUNY City College of New York, New York, NY

April 12-13, 2018
     Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA


Shakespeare, Race, and Performance: What We Still Don't Know 

Encountering Othello Anew

Theorizing Revenge: or, Interdisciplinary Research as a Necessary Perversion 

Love of learning is the guide of life.