Ayanna Thompson

Ayanna Thompson

Room 624F
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-6920
[email protected]


Vice President (and President Elect) of the Shakespeare Association of America (2017-present)

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, Chair, Council of Scholars (2017-present)

Theatre for a New Audience, member, Council of Scholars (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 collection of essays for Cambridge University Press on Shakespeare and race, and is collaborating with Curtis Perry for a new edition of Titus AndronicusProfessor Thompson was recently elected as the Vice President (and President Elect) of the Shakespeare Association of America, and has served as a Trustee of that professional organization and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Marshall Scholars. She is one of Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholars for 2017-2018.


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


Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars (Arden Bloomsbury 2018)

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)