Jelisa Jay Robinson is a Black American playwright from Houston, Texas. Her plays include Once an Emo..., The Stories of Us, Fae and Paciencia, Delivery, Circle and We Both Suck Our Teeth. 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 Rec Room Writer (2019-present), a former 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 Playwrighting 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 leads a writers ministry called Light Write. She was also a 2022 fellow in the Dots in Between program.