Ayanna Thompson

Ayanna Thompson
Phillips Hall, Room 624F
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Trustee of the Shakespeare Association (2013-2016)

Board of Directors, Association of Marshall Scholars(2015–present)

Renaissance Drama, editorial committee member (2014–present)

Shakespeare Bulletin, editorial board member (2016–present)

Shakespeare Quarterly, editorial board member (2014–present)

Theatre for a New Audience, council of scholars member (2014–present)

Current Research

Ayanna Thompson is Professor of English at George Washington University, and she specializes in Renaissance drama and issues of race in/as performance. She is currently working on a book about Peter Sellars’ approach to directing Shakespeare, and a book on Shakespeare and revenge. Professor Thompson has served as a Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Marshall Scholars.


Ph.D. Harvard University
M.A. University of Sussex
B.A. Columbia University


Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student Centred Approach (Arden Bloomsbury 2016) (co-authored with Laura Turchi)

Othello, the Revised Third Edition (Arden Shakespeare 2016)

Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage (Routledge, 2008)

Editor, Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) (co-edited with Scott Newstok)

Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (Routledge, 2006)