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Are you familiar with Black Studies at UT Austin? How the African and African Diaspora Studies Department relates to UT's larger Black Studies collective? Get the rundown from Black Studies faculty, staff, and students in the following video.

Gordon-White Building

Why is the Gordon-White Building so special? Part art gallery, part policy institute, and all educational and cultural excellence, GWB is home to Black Studies and Latino Studies at UT Austin. Take a virtual tour of this hub for student, faculty, and staff campus life.

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2022 Omi Osun Joni L. Jones Visiting Performing Artist: Donnetta Lavinia Grays

Join us on Zoom for upcoming events with this year's artist:


Monday, February 21, 2022 | Performing Blackness from Both Sides of the Page, or Queerness in Quarantine: A Public Conversation | 12-2 pm CST | Meeting ID: 959 1949 1698

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | Writing as the Actor: Writing Workshop | 2-4 pm CST | Meeting ID: 974 2086 5908

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 | When Leaves Sound Like Water: New Play Reading | 3-5 pm CST  |  Stereotypes long for dimension. An author longs for her truth. Their paths cross somewhere inside a metaphor. A new comedy. | Meeting ID: 947 6005 2092

All events are open to the public.


Donnetta Lavinia Grays - raised in Columbia, South Carolina - is a Brooklyn-based playwright and actor whose writing credits include WHERE WE STAND (Lucille Lortel Nominee), WARRIORS DON’T CRY (Theaterworks USA/Bushnell commission), LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (World Premiere - Denver Center for the Performing Arts), LAID TO REST (O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist), THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION (WP Pipeline Festival), THE NEW NORMAL, and THE COWBOY IS DYING.

Donnetta is a recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama, the Helen Merrill Playwright Award, Lilly Award, National Theater Conference Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award, and is the inaugural recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. She is a former Space on Ryder Farm Working Farm Resident, is a Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab alumna, a Civilians R&D Group alumna, an Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit alumna, and a terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright group alumna. Her work has been previously developed with Hedgebrook (*Covid Class), New Harmony Project, Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Labyrinth Theater Company, New York Theater Workshop, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Portland Stage Company, Pure Theatre Company, [the claque], Naked Angels, Classical Theater of Harlem, Slant Theater Project, terraNova Collective, and TOSOS.

In 2018 Donnetta founded Gap Toothed Griot, LLC as a home for her particular brand of storytelling. Donnetta - as GTG - is currently under commission with True Love Productions, Steppenwolf, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and WP Theater. For television she has been staffed on Spectrum Original/Lionsgate’s "Manhunt", "Y: The Last Man" for FX Network/Color Force and is currently the Executive Story Editor on "Joe Exotic" starring Kate McKinnon for NBC Universal.