Theatre and Performance Studies: E. Patrick Johnson – School of Literature, Art and Media Theatre and Performance Studies: E. Patrick Johnson – School of Literature, Art and Media

Theatre and Performance Studies: E. Patrick Johnson

“From Field to Stage to Screen:  Aesthetic Methodologies in the Making of Sweet Tea

In this presentation, Johnson will discuss the process of using multimodal methodologies to engage and present one core set of research data: oral histories of African American gay men in the U. S. South. Johnson will explain how different modes of performance—staged reading, theater, film—provide multiple registers of knowledge production.



Patrick Johnson is Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies and the Curator for Black Arts in the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing Arts at Northwestern University. He has additional appointments in the Gender and Sexuality Studies and American Studies programs. A scholar/artist, Johnson performs nationally and internationally and has published widely in the areas of race, gender, sexuality and performance. Johnson is a prolific performer and scholar, and an inspiring teacher, whose research and artistry has greatly impacted African American studies, Performance studies, and Gender and Sexuality studies.


He is the author, editor, or co-editor of several award-winning books, including his most recent two: Black. Queer. Southern. Women.—An Oral History(University of North Carolina Press, 2018) and, Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women (Duke UP, 2019). He has received multiple awards for his scholarship, including the Lilla A. Heston Award, the Errol Hill Book AwardHurston/Wright Legacy Book Finalist, Stonewall Book Award Honor BookLambda Literary LGBTQ Studies Book Award Finalist, the Randy Majors Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to LGBT Scholarship in CommunicationPublishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction Finalist,  Lambda Literary LGBTQ Anthology Award Finalist.


Johnson’s performance work dovetails with his written work. His staged reading, “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” is based on his book, Sweet Tea, and has toured to over 100 college campuses from 2006 to the present, and his full-length stage play, Sweet Tea—The Play, premiered in Chicago and toured to Austin, Texas, Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, Providence, Rhode Island, Durham, North Carolina and the National Black Theater Festival. Johnson has also received awards for his performance work, including the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Performance from the National Communication Association, the Bert Williams Award for Best Solo Performance, from the Chicago Black Theater Alliance, and the René Castillo Otto Award for Political Theater. He is the star and co-executive producer (with John L. Jackson, Jr.) of the documentary, Making Sweet Tea, based on the book and play. In 2010, he was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.



Mar 06 2020


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


AV Room (S113)
John Woolley Building (A20), Manning Road entrance

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