John L Warfield Center


A staged reading of Lisa B. Thompson’s new play Mamalogues

Fri, November 3, 2017 | GWB (Gordon White Building) 2.206

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Visting Performance Artist: Shirley Jo Finney
Visting Performance Artist: Shirley Jo Finney

 Summary of event:

Talkback after the reading with director Shirley Jo Finney, Dr. Omi Osun Joni Jones, and playwright Lisa B. Thompson.




Shirley Jo Finney is an award-winning international director and actress. She has worn her director’s hat in some of the most respected regional theater houses across the country: including The McCarter Theater, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Goodman Theater, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Fountain Theater, LA Theater

Works, the Crossroads Theater Company, Actors Theater of Louisville Humana Festival, the Sundance Theater Workshop, The Mark Taper Forum, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the State Theater in Pretoria, South Africa.


Miss Finney has received many prestigious awards over the years for her special talent and eye for storytelling and for creating exciting ensembles such as the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award, The Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, LA Weekly Award, The NAACP and the Santa Barbara Independent Award. Miss Finney also helmed the acclaimed International all South African Opera entitled Winnie based on the life of political icon Winnie Mandela.


Most recently Miss Finney directed and developed the critically acclaimed World premiere of Citizen: An American Lyric by the award winning PENN poet Claudia Rankin. Other recent works include Facing Our Truth, The Trayvon Martin Project at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles, Single Black Female by Lisa B. Thompson at the Crossroads Theater Company, the Lark Foundations rolling world premiere of The Road Weeps by Marcus Gardley at the Los Angeles Theater Center and Tarell McCraney’s Brother/Sisters Plays.

Miss Finney is also an established television and film director. She has directed several episodes of “Moesha and she garnered the International film award for her short film Remember Me. Miss Finney is also an accomplished actress with many television and film credits to her name. She is best known for her portrayal in the historic title role of Wilma Rudolph, the first female 3-time gold medalist in the made-for-TV bio picture Wilma.


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Sponsored by: Sponsored by the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

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