2015-2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCI Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Department of Drama
2014 Ph.D., Department of Drama,
University of California, Irvine and University of California, San Diego
Emphases: Critical Theory, Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, Dramaturgy
Dissertation: “Little Girls and Legal Defendants: Theatricalization and Performances of Innocence in Modern American Culture”
Dissertation Committee: Stephen Barker (Chair), Emily Roxworthy, Frank Wilderson, Raul Fernandez, and Anthony Kubiak.
2008 Juris Doctorate, cum laude,
California Western School of Law, San Diego, Ca.
2005 Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Political Science and Philosophy
University of San Diego, San Diego, Ca.
“Candy Colored Ponies and Pastel Uniforms: Military Bronies and Masculine Innocence” Journal of Fandom Studies. March 2016.
“Brave New World...An Introduction to Manifest Destinitis” TheatreForum, Issue 50, 2016.
“South Coast Repertory’s Dialogues/Dialogos Project: The Long Road Today/El Camino Largo de Hoy” Theatre Forum, Issue 48, 2016.
“Performances of Innocence and Deviance in Disney Cosplaying” Transformative Works and Cultures. Sept 2014.
“The Royal Theatre Presents: Performances of Melodrama in Disneyland Park” Disney Performance Anthology. (Forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan).
“El Teatro Campesino” Chicana/o Movement Encyclopedia. (Forthcoming).
Invited Public Writing
“Interview with Herbert Siguenza” Cafe Onda, HowlRound. Nov. 10, 2016.
“Curious REPort: Violet” Program note. Violet, music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Brian Crawley. Produced by San Diego Repertory Theatre. Dir. Sam Woodhouse. July-Sept 2015.
“Seeing Through the Rain” Program Note. Katrina: The K Word by Suzanne M. Trauth and Lisa S. Brenner. Produced by the University of San Diego. Dir. Evelyn Cruz. March 2015.
“Curious REPort: Oedipus El Rey” Program note. Oedipus El Rey, by Luis Alfaro. Produced by San Diego Repertory Theatre. Dir. Sam Woodhouse. Jan-Feb 2015.
“Serving 99 to 149 Years for Wearing Butt-Huggers and Resisting to Subscribe to Cable TV: The Presence of the Law in Chicano Theatre” Columbia Law School, Law and Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop, 2011.
“‘Full Gallop’ finds Vogue fashion icon Vreeland at crossroads” The Star-News, Oct 12, 2015.
“American Night Offers a Fuller View of U.S. History.” The Star-News, Feb. 10, 2012.
“West Side Story Speaks to Young Theater-Goers.” The Star-News, Jan. 13, 2011.
“The Norman Conquests, Three Plays in One, is Funny and Delightful.” The Star-News Oct. 9, 2010.
Visiting Assistant Professor
2016-2018 University of California, Riverside, Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production
Courses: Theatre for Social Change, Contemporary Theatre, Disney Performance, Theories of the Modern Theatre (Grad), Latino Theatre
2019 University of California, San Diego, Theatre and Dance Department
Courses: Dramaturgy (Grad)
2018-2019 CSU San Marcos, Department of Theatre
Courses: Introduction to Acting
2017-2019 San Diego State University, Theatre, Television, and Film
Courses: Script Analysis, Theatre of Diversity, Acting for the Camera
2017 University of California, San Diego, Theatre and Dance Department
Courses: Disney Performance, Chicano/Latino Drama (Grad)
2015-2017 San Diego State University, Chicana/Chicano Studies Department
Courses: Oral Communication, Written Communication
2015-2017 San Diego City College, Drama Department
Courses: The Study of Filmed Plays, Introduction to Dramatic Arts, Chicano Drama
2015-2017 University of California, Irvine, Drama Department,
Courses: Chicano Drama
2009-2014 University of California, Irvine, Drama Department,
Courses: Drama 40A-C
2011-2014 University of California, Irvine, Learning and Technology Center
Course: Teaching Assistant training workshop
2013-2014 University of California, Irvine, Undergraduate Affairs and Department of Drama,
Course: “UCI Academic Integrity Project”
2015 Guest Lecturer, San Diego City College, “Midsummer’s Night Fairies and Dramaturgy”
2014 Guest Lecturer, High Tech High, “Blood Wedding Project”
2013 Guest Lecturer, University of California, Irvine, “Interactive investigation of Miss Julie”
2013 Guest Lecturer, University of California, Irvine, “Theories of Performance and Cosplaying”
2012 Guest Lecturer, University of California, Irvine, “Popular Culture Conventions”
2012 Guest Lecturer, University of California, Irvine, “Chicano Comedy Troupe Culture Clash”
2012-2014 Teaching Assistant, University of California, Irvine, Department of Drama,
Teaching Assistant for class of 100 students on Modern Western Theatre
Teaching Assistant for class of 100 students on Contemporary performance practice
Teaching Assistant for class of 400 students on Contemporary performance practice
Teaching Assistant for class of 400 students on European performance tradition
Teaching Assistant for class of 400 students on Western performance practice
2011-2012 Teaching Assistant, University of California, Irvine, ArtsCore,
Teaching Assistant for class of 400 students in American performance artists
Teaching Assistant for class of 400 students on Vampirism in popular culture, psychology, and history
Teaching Assistant for class of 500 students on Aesthetic of contemporary western culture
2017 National New Play Network Producer in Residence Fellowship, 10 mins.
2015 Panelist, “40 Years of Chicano and Latino Theatre” San Diego Repertory Theatre, My Mañana Comes, 45 mins.
2015 Panelist, “Chicano Mythology” San Diego Repertory Theatre, Oedipus El Rey, 45 mins.
2015 Invited Speaker, “Financial Management and Group Organization” Ballet Folklorico de UCI, 90 mins.
2014 Guest Instructor for a class titled “Performing Innocence”, OLLI, 90 mins.
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS
2017 Theatre Communications Group National Conference, Portland.
2017 “Adaptation and Translation in Latino Theatre: Octavio Solis’ Lydia” Pop Culture Association Conference.
2016 “Representations of Immigration in Disney Films” Far West Popular Culture/American Culture Convention.
2015 “Troubling Masculinity in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame” as part of a panel titled Masculinity in Princess Culture: A Pedagogical Round Table Embracing Examinations of Masculinity in Disney Fairy Tales. National Communication Association Conference
2015 “I Used to Wonder What Friendship Could Be: Neo-sincerity, Masculine Innocence, and Candy-Colored Uniforms in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” Far West Popular Culture/American Culture Convention.
2014 “Contested Cultural Citizenship in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” as part of a panel titled Cultural Force(s): Musical Theater and Stand-Up Comedy. Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Convention.
2013 “Cosplaying the Con: Embodying Comic Culture” as part of the panel titled Latina/o Comics, Queerness, and Identity Comic Arts Conference at WonderCon.
2012 “Chicano Criminality and Grotesque Violence ins Octavio Solis’ Santos and Santos” as part of the panel titled Latina/o Performance: Counteracting Narratives of Legal Marginalization, Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
2011 "Serving 99 to 149 Years for Wearing Butt-Huggers and Resisting to Subscribe to Cable TV: The Presence of the Law in Chicano Theatre" Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop, Junior Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia University.
2010 "Fifty Six Unvarying Pin-Curls: Contradictions of Innocence and Cuteness in the Body of Child Star Shirley Temple" Advanced Theatre Research Graduate Student Retreat, Multi-campus Research Group in International Performance and Culture (MRG-IPC).
HONORS AND AWARDS
2018 SDSU Common Experience Grant Awardee
2017 National New Play Network Producer in Residence Fellowship Renewal
2016 National New Play Network Producer in Residence Fellowship
2015 UCI Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Department of Drama
2014 DECADE Student Travel Grant, UCI Graduate Division, University of California, Irvine
2013-2014 The Green Initiative Fund, UCI Sustainability Department
2013-2014 DECADE Mentor Grant, UCI Graduate Division
2013 Second Prize in the Gilbert G. Gonzalez Graduate Student Research Paper Competition, UCI Chicano Studies
2012 DECADE Student Travel Grant, UCI Graduate Division
2012 H.B. and Isabelle Yolen Memorial Scholarship, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts
2012 Teaching Excellence Recognition, UCI Teaching Learning and Technology Center
2011 Graduate Research Grant, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts
2011 Thomas and Elizabeth Tierney Scholarship, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts
2010 Faculty Mentor Program, Graduate Fellowship, Graduate Department
2010 Pedagogical Fellowship, Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center
2010 Advanced Theatre Research Graduate Student Retreat Multi-campus Research Group in International Performance and Culture (MRG-IPC)
2009 Diversity Fellowship, Department of Drama
SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY
2017-2019 Advisor, Teatro Azteca Student Theatre Company
2018 Baja California Study Abroad Program Development
2018 Walking in Imagination Common Experience Grant, SDSU
2017 Just Like Us Stage Reading and DACA Response, UCSD, SDSU, USD, San Diego City College
2017 One-Act Play Festival, San Diego City College
2017 Bad and Nasty, UCI Theatre and Film Department
2015 Brown Bag Theatre Company, Drama Department,
2013-2014 Academic Integrity Hearing Committee, Undergraduate Division
2013-2014 Brown Bag Theatre Company, Drama Department
2013-2014 Student Review Board, Associated Graduate Students
2011-2014 DECADE Student Council, School of the Arts Student Representative
2010-2014 Ballet Folklorico de UCI, Grant Coordinator and Dancer, Irvine, Ca.
2013 Peer Mentor, Competitive Edge, Graduate Division
2013 Departmental Mentor, Drama Department
2012-2013 Familia Project, Mentor, Chicano/Latino Graduate Student Collective
2012-2013 Dramatic Transformations, University of California, Irvine
2010-2012 Judicial Committee, University of Ca., Irvine Associated Graduate Students
2009-2010 DIY Arts and Craft Club, Graduate student representative