Participants

Edwin Corbin, Northwestern University
Transnational Flows of Superbarrio: Barrio Politics in Southern California

Gad Guterman, Graduate Center, City University of New York
The Border in New York: Performances of Illegal Immigration and Legal Consciousness

Ignacia Morales Reyes, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
La música y la radio, elementos transformadores de la identidad de los migrantes mexicanos en Estados Unidos

Ana Elena Puga, Northwestern University
Melodrama and the Performance of Migration: A Central American Cinderella

Chantal Rodríguez, University of California, Los Angeles
Sacred Reterritorialization: The Latino Theater Company's La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzín



Paola Suárez Ávila, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Méxco
Un encuentro multicultural con los muertos: festejo de día de muertos en el Mission District de San Francisco, California

Conveners

Tamara Underiner, Arizona State University

Joaquín Israel Franco, Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación, e Información Teatral Rodolfo Usigli

Bios

Edwin Emilio Corbin Gutiérrez is a MA/PhD student in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Before coming to Northwestern he carried out community performance research in Venezuela as a Fulbright Fellow and completed two years of graduate coursework in Latin American Theatre at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He holds a graduate diploma in Cultural Policy and Cultural Management from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and a BA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College. His article "Habitar: la Eficacia de la Justicia a Través de una Intervención de la Asamblea De Barrios y Superbarrio" appears in e-misférica (3.1).


Joaquín Israel Franco es investigador del Centro de Investigación Teatral Rodolfo Usigli donde ha desarrollado proyectos de investigación sobre historia del teatro mexicano, con un acento en las manifestaciones del teatro popular y político. Su más reciente investigación "'El teatro de ahora', un primer ensayo de teatro político en México" se encuentra en trabajos de edición. Ha publicado con el Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México y La Universidad Iberoaméricana, entre otras editoriales. También se dedica a la creación escénica, principalmente con grupos de teatro comunitario.


Gad Guterman is PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and serve as the Education Director for the Vineyard Theatre in NYC. I am at the beginning stages of the dissertation process, investigating the relationships among law, performance, and identity, and specifically, looking at how illegal immigration is constructed onstage. I have previously presented papers at ASTR and ATHE, and my first publication, “Reviewing the Rosenbergs: Donald Freed’s Inquest and its Jurors,” appeared in Theatre Survey last fall (48.2). I am a native Spanish speaker who would be thrilled to participate in a bi-lingual discussion and working group.


Ignacia Morales Reyes cursa el Posgrado en Historia del “Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades” en la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, actualmente es becaria del CONACYT y en 2007 lo fue del CONCYTEP. Desde 2004 realiza investigaciones sobre el fenómeno migratorio México - Estados Unidos, hice una investigación de braceros (1942-1964), Ha participado como ponente en Encuentro Nacional de Historia (2006), Encuentro Latinoamericano de Historia, Mérida, Venezuela, (2007) y Congreso Internacional del “Centro Studi Americanistici” Circolo Amerindiano, Perugia, Italia, (2008).


Ana Elena Puga is an assistant professor at Northwestern University who has published a study of South American theater under dictatorship, Memory, Allegory, and Testimony in South American Theater: Upstaging Dictatorship (Routledge 2008) and an anthology of translations of dictatorship era plays by the Chilean playwright Juan Radrigán, Finished from the Start and Other Plays (Northwestern University Press 2008). While her research so far has focused on South America, initially spurred by an interest in the fate of exiles from South America, she is now focusing on a new project that will include several patterns of migration: South Americans in Europe, Mexicans in the United States, and Central Americans in Mexico and the United States.


Chantal Rodríguez is Ph.D. candidate in Theater and Performance Studies at UCLA. My research interests include Performance Studies, Chicana/o and Latina/o Theater, Critical Race Theory and Latina/Chicana feminism. My dissertation analyzes contemporary Latina/o Theater and Performance with an emphasis on Los Angeles-based artists and performances to investigate the relationship between performance and social identity. I am a native of Los Angeles and the child of Cuban and Spanish immigrants. Upon receipt of my doctorate I hope to attain a cross-departmental appointment at a major research institution.


Paola Suárez Ávila es Licenciada en Historia por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Maestra en Antropología por el Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores de Antropología Social (CIESAS). Ha realizado estudios sobre cultura y arte en la frontera mexicano-americana. Actualmente es estudiante becaria del Doctorado en Antropología por el CIESAS y profesora del Colegio de Historia de la UNAM.


Tamara Underiner is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Theatre and Film at Arizona State University, where she directs the Ph.D. concentration in Theatre and Performance of the Americas, and teaches in the general areas of theatre history and culture studies. Her most recent work is Contemporary Theatre in Mayan Mexico: Death-Defying Acts (University of Texas Press, 2004), and she has also published on indigenous and Latina/o theatre and critical pedagogy in Theatre Journal, Signs, and critical anthologies from the University of Arizona and Routledge Presses.


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