E. Patrick Johnson





Professor and Chair

Department of Performance Studies

Professor, Department of African American Studies

Northwestern University




E. Patrick Johnson is Professor, Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Performance Studies and Professor in African American Studies at Northwestern University.   A scholar/artist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance.   His book Appropriating Blackness:   Performance and the Politics of Authenticity published by Duke University Press in 2003, has won several awards, including the Lilla A. Heston Award, the Errol Hill Book Award, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.   He co-authored (with Mae G. Henderson) Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology with Duke University Press.

E. Patrick Johnson curriculum vita.  

E. Patrick Johnson is currently performing Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Stories, based on excerpts from his book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History, published by the University of North Carolina Press. The narratives were collected between 2004 and 2006 from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South.   The men hail from fifteen different states and range in age from 19 to 93.

Pouring Tea
Recent/Upcoming Performances and Book Launch events

Yale University February 2007 Read a review
University of Iowa March 2007  
Princeton University March 2007  
University of California-Berkeley March 2007  
American Studies Association Convention October 2007  
University of Illinois-Chicago October 2007  
UCLA February 2008  
Amherst College February 2008  
DePaul University March 2008  
University of Michigan March 2008 Read a blog-review
University of Georgia April 2008 Read a blog-review
University of Maryland April 2008  
Outwrite books, Atlanta, GA: Book Launch and Signing August 29, 2008, 8:00 pm  
Decatur Book Fear, Decatur, GA: Book Signing August 30-31, 2008, 3:45 pm  
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: Book Launch and Performance. (Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center) September 25, 2008

Read a review

Radio Interview

Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC: Book Signing

September 26, 2008, 7:00 pm  
Northwestern University: Book Launch/Signing and Performance, McCormick-Tribune Center, 1870 Campus Drive October 2, 2008, 5:30 pm Read an article in Edge Chicago. See also EdgeNewYork.

Ohio State University: Book Signing and Performance.
Drake Center's Roy Bowen Theatre, 1849 Cannon Dr. Ticket Information: Free to OSU Students, one ticket per Buck-ID. $5 General admission for non-students.
: 614-292-2295

October 3, 2008, 7:00 pm Read a review
Indiana University: Book Signing and Performance.
Fine Arts Building, Rm 015, Bloomington, Indiana
November 3, 2008, 7:30 pm  
Lambda Rising Bookstore, Washington, D.C.: Book Signing November 6, 2008, 6:30 pm  
A Different Light Bookstore: Reading
8853 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood CA 90069
November 22, 2008
7:30 pm
Miami Ohio University
Peabody Hall, Western Campus
February 3, 2009
7:00 pm

LGBT Resource Center of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Performance
UWM Music Recital Hall

February 7, 2009  

Bryant University
Smithfield, RI
Janikies Theatre

February 9, 2009
4:30 pm
Bridgewater State College
Horace Mann Auditorium
February 10, 2009
8:00 pm
Southern American Studies Association
Dewberry North, Johnson Center
February 12, 2009
5:00 pm
A Different Light Bookstore: Book signing
San Francisco
(UNC Alumni reception to follow)
February 24, 2009
7:30 pm
San Jose State University
Hal Todd Theatre (Hugh Gillis Hall 103)
February 25, 2009
7:00 pm
San Francisco State University
Humanities Auditorium (HUM 133)

February 26, 2009
8:00 pm

Alexander Bookstore : Book signing
San Francisco, CA
February 27, 2009
12:30 pm

Gay Pride Rockland County New York: Book signing
Nyack Library 59 S. Broadway
Nyack, NY

March 1, 2009
4:00 pm
The LOFT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community of the Lower Hudson Valley): Book signing March 2, 2009
7:00 pm
Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th/35th streets)
Proshansky Auditorium
March 3, 2009
7:00 pm
Chicago Historical Museum
Performance with Sharon Bridgforth

March 26, 2009
7:00 pm


University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse
Cartwright Center

April 1, 2009
7:00 pm

Michigan State University
Auditorium Arena Theater
April 6, 2009
7:00 pm
University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign
Lincoln Theater
704-706 Wright St., Urbana
April 8, 2009
7:00 pm

Wild Pug: Book Reading/Signing
4810 N. Broadway, Chicago

April 9, 2009
8:00 pm
Vassar College
Student Center, 2nd Floor
April 16, 2009
7:00 pm
Giovanni's Room Bookstore: Book Reading/Signing
345 South 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA
April 26, 2009
5:30 pm
University of California, Santa Barbara: Performance
Multi-Cultural Center Theater
May 5, 2009
7:00 pm

Northwestern University
Annie May Swift Hall Studio
1920 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL

May 15, 2009
8:00 pm
May 16, 2009

2:00 pm, 8:00 pm


Cornell University
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts (Room SB10)

Sept 10, 2009
4:30 pm


Kennesaw State University
Bailey Performing Arts Center
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
770 423 6650
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Sept 18, 2009
8:00 pm
Sept 19, 2009
8:00 pm

University of Louisville
Thrust Theater
September 22, 2009
7:00 pm
Fire & Ink Cotillion
Ballet Austin,
701 W. Riverside Drive,
Austin TX.
October 10, 2009
Time 8:00 PM
Texas A & M University
Rudder Forun
October 12, 2009
7:00 pm

New York University
Shoring Performance Studio, Room 802
Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY

October 14, 2009
7:00 pm


Vanderbilt University
202 Buttrick Hall

October 15, 2009
4:30 pm
OutLoud! Bookstore
1703 Church St.
Nashville, TN

October 16, 2009
7:00 pm

University of South Carolina-Upstate
Jazzman's Cafe, Bottom floor of Smith building
October 17, 2009
4:00 pm
Southern Illinois University
Library Auditorium
October 21, 2009
6:30 pm

Tulane University
Woldenberg Art Center

Freeman Auditorium

1229 Broadway Street
New Orleans, LA

October 26, 2009
7:30 pm
Duke University
Love Auditorium
Levine Research Science Center
450 Research Dr
Durham, NC .

October 29, 2009
7:30 pm


University of Vermont
Billings Building, North Lounge
Burlington VT

November 2, 2009
10:00 am
First Person Festival
Painted Bride Art Center,
230 Vine Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106
November 8, 2009
6:00 pm

Kutztown University
218 McFarland Student Union
Tickets: 484-646-4111

November 10, 2009
7:00 pm

Chicago Humanities Festival
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL

November 15, 2009
12:00 noon
American Anthropological Association
Carriage House
3907 Spruce Street
UPenn Campus
December 2, 2009
Black Gay Research Summit Retreat
Keynote speaker
The Renaissance Concourse Hotel
Atlanta, GA

January 20, 2010

Louisiana State University
Hopkins Black Box Theater
January 23, 2010
Carleton College
Convocation Speaker
Skinner Memorial Chapel
February 5, 2010



University of Wisconsin-Madison
Memorial Union Play Circle Theater

February 9, 2010 7:30pm

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kresge Little Theatre
February 16, 2010
Time TBA
University of Virginia
Location TBA

February 24, 2010
Time TBA


Bernheim Hall - Ben May Main Library
701 Government St.
Mobile, AL

March 6, 2010
Sonoma State University
Warren Auditorium
March 16, 2010
Time TBA
Rutgers University
Location TBA

April 1, 2010
Time TBA


For information on bringing Pouring Tea to your campus, please contact:  
E. Patrick Johnson




Pouring Tea in performance:


E. Patrick Johnson's previous performance piece, Strange Fruit, an exploration of racial and gender identity, has been staged at more than 20 colleges and universities. Strange Fruit is a one-man performance written, directed and performed by Professor Johnson, exploring identity politics. Attending to recent developments in critical race, queer, feminist and gender theory, the performance elaborates on how identities are bound to political agendas that circulate within various communities.

Threatened by the ever impending "exorcism" of his own identities of black, gay, southern, male and academic (among others), the performer enacts his personal narrative, poetry, dance, music, and visual media to call into question essentialist notions of "authentic" blackness, masculinity and sexuality.

Images from Strange Fruit:

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