WHAT WE DO
ScriptWorks is playwright development and service organization that was founded to:
- Create a home for dramatic writers that stimulates imagination
- Develop new dramatic works to their fullest potential and feed them into the local and national markets
- Produce and encourage the production of new work that lends dignity to the playwright’s vision
- Network and enhance the visibility of the diverse community of playwrights in the Central Texas area
WRITE IT OUT: STARTING YOUR STORY
A Dramatis Personae workshop with Jelisa Jay Robinson
Tuesday, June 20th, 7:30-9:30 PM
CLAIM YOUR SPOT
Jelisa Jay Robinson is a Black American playwright from Houston, Texas. Her plays include SHE’S ONLY HAPPY ON THE WEEKENDS, THE STORIES OF US, FAE AND PACIENCIA, DELIVERY and WE BOTH SUCK OUR TEETH (ScriptWorks Groundwork Grant). Her work has been developed and/or presented at Mildred Umbrella (Houston),Sandrell Rivers Theater (Miami), African American Shakespeare (San Francisco), The Billie Holiday Theatre (50in50), Fade to Black (Houston), Teatrx (Houston), 14/48 Theatre Festival (Austin), Austin One Minute Play Festival (Austin), the Austin Latino New Play Festival, Teatro Vivo (Austin), Now Africa Festival (New York), The Black and Brown Theatre (Detroit), The Rec Room (Houston), the Echame Un Ojo Festival (commission), Fornes Playwriting Workshop (Chicago), The Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration (San Marcos), The Landing Theatre (Houston) and Vision Latino (Chicago).
She is a fellow at the Citadel Playwrights Group (2021), a semi-finalist for semifinalist for the Bucharest Inside the Beltway Virtual Residency (2021), a finalist for La Mansion Baldwin Writers Residency in France (2020), a Bay Area Playwrights Festival Semi-Finalist (2020), a finalist for the Seattle Public Theatre New Play Prize (2017), a writer in the Rec Room Writers Group, a two time Fulbright Alternate and an alumni of the Fornes Playwriting Workshop where she worked under the tutelage of Migdalia Cruz.
Jelisa has held residencies with Vision Latino Theatre Company (Chicago), the National Playwrights Retreat (Colorado) and Texas State’s Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration. She is a theatre educator who has taught high school and elementary theatre. Jelisa has hosted various writing workshops for organizations like Sisters Only Language Summit, Clinton Global Initiative University, University of Houston-Downtown, Texas State University, University of Texas-RGV, and Sovereign Noir’s Black Women Virtual Writers Conference.
Jelisa also works as a Dramaturg on projects that deal with the African diaspora and identity.
Jelisa is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, ScriptWorks, Artist Inc. and a sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. She also leads a writers ministry called Light Write.