E. 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
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
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.
Awarded by the Publishing Triangle for Black. Queer. Southern. Women.—An Oral History
Awarded by the Lambda Literary Foundation for Black. Queer. Southern. Women.—An Oral History
Awarded by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association for Black. Queer. Southern. Women.—An Oral History Education
Awarded by the Lambda Literary Foundation for No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies
Awarded by the Association of Theatres in Higher Education
Awarded by the New York-based Castillo Theater to recognize the achievement of individuals and theatre companies who conceive, produce and foster the development of innovative and socially challenging theatre.
Awarded by the City of Chicago for outstanding contributions to the LGBT community.
Awarded by the Black Theater Alliance in Chicago.