My work as a scholar combines performance studies and theatre history. I am particularly interested in how performance enables, facilitates, and/or imagines worlds otherwise: worlds that might have been, or worlds that might yet to be. I also publish on pedagogy and practice.
In my monograph Traveler, there is no road: Theatre, the Spanish Civil War, and the Decolonial Imagination in the Americas (University of Iowa Press, 2017), I examine the Spanish Civil War as both a military and an interpretative war. I argue that performance and theatre demonstrate how U.S. based Anglophone and Hispanophone communities used Spain to imagine decolonial options: ways of being and thinking alternative to those rehearsed and upheld by imperial, colonial, and neo-colonial projects in the Americas, from “contact” through the early 20th century.
The interventions of my book are three fold. First, I adapt the principals of modernity/coloniality (M/C) into critical and historiographical methodologies for theatre history and performance studies. Secondly, the book advocates for a reconsideration of Spain as central to American hemispheric theatre history and performance studies. Thirdly, the book provides models for examining trans-national theatre and performance practice, decolonial performance (considered broadly), and Spanish language theatre in the U.S. before the 1960s.
My second monograph consists of a series of localized examinations of the intersections of performance, violence, and peacemaking in Colombia. My project concerns itself with the ways in which non-human entities participate in trans-historical, trans-national acts of transfer (Taylor) to enact decolonial critiques of liberal humanist presumptions of corporeal value.
My third monograph focuses on Latin American and Iberian cultural, aesthetic, and political exchange and influence through theatre artist tours in the 1920s and 1930s. The historiographical work seeks to track the ways in which theatre participates in, ignores, and develops key philosophical positions concerning pan-hispanidad, pan-Latinidad, hemispheric republicanism, and trans-Atlantic regional affinities.
“Ensemble and Theories of Change.”
Theatre, Performance and Theories of Change, Ed. Tamara Underiner and Stephanie Etheridge. Forthcoming. Palgrave, 2017
“Other Races and Other Wars: José Ferrer, Othello and the Spanish Republic.”
Experiments in Democracy: Inter-racial and Multi-cultural Exchanges in American Theatre and Performance in the pre-Civil Rights Era. Ed. Jonathan Shandell and Cheryl Black (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2016): 213-234.