1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Latine Theatre and Performance

Edited By Noe Montez, Olga Sanchez Saltveit Copyright 2024
    502 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Latine Theatre and Performance traces how manifestations of Latine self-determination in contemporary US theatre and performance practices affirm the value of Latine life in a theatrical culture that has a legacy of misrepresentation and erasure.

    This collection draws on fifty interdisciplinary contributions written by some of the leading Latine theatre and performance scholars and practitioners in the United States to highlight evolving and recurring strategies of world making, activism, and resistance taken by Latine culture makers to gain political agency on and off the stage. The project reveals the continued growth of Latine theatre and performance through chapters covering but not limited to playwriting, casting practices, representation, training, wrestling with anti-Blackness and anti-Indigeneity, theatre for young audiences, community empowerment, and the market forces that govern the US theatre industry. This book enters conversations in performance studies, ethnic studies, American studies, and Latina/e/o/x studies by taking up performance scholar Diana Taylor’s call to consider the ways that “embodied and performed acts generate, record, and transmit knowledge.”

    This collection is an essential resource for students, scholars, and theatremakers seeking to explore, understand, and advance the huge range and significance of Latine performance.

    Part 1: Latine Identities

    1. Make Your Heart Your Face

    Juliette Carrillo

    2. Translating the Literal and Metaphorical Languages of Theatrical Make-believe

    Guillermo Reyes

    3. Down the Yellow Brick Road to Querencia: Brian Quijada’s Somewhere Over the Border

    Kristin Leahey

    4. Laughter for Liberation: Latine Comedy in the U.S. American Theatre

    Amelia Acosta Powell

    5. Luisa Capetillo: A Beautiful Anarchy

    Magdalena Gómez

    6. A Good Light: Making the Most of Our Spotlights

    Amparo Garcia-Crow

    7. Ode to Identity

    Daniel Jáquez

    8. The Struggles and Successes of Building an Inclusive Arts/Activist Community on the Border

    Samuel Valdez

    9. Discussing Intersectionality of AfroLatinidad in Entertainment and Performance

    Daphnie Sicre

    10. Permission

    Elaine Romero

    Part 2: History/Presence

    11. Latinx Presence in New York’s Downtown Arts Scenes 1963-1975

    Eric Meyer García

    12. “Quinto Festival de Teatro Chicano- Primer Encuentro Latinoamericano: Un Continente, Una Cultura Por Un Teatro Libre y Para la Liberacion:” The Vision, the Plan, the Event

    Alma Martinez

    13. From Latin Cigar Factory Workers/Actors to Latine Pulitzers: Latine Theatre in Florida

    Lillian Manzor

    14. Latine Theatre in Florida

    Lillian Manzor

    15. La Rose: Broadway, 1906 and San Juan Bautista, 1981

    Ricardo Ernesto Rocha

    16. Fornésian Dreamscapes: Navigating Queer World-Making

    Melody Contreras

    17. Su Teatro: Original Sinners and Institution Builders

    Anthony J. Garcia

    18. Pregones/PRTT: Lighting the Spark — For the Love of Theatre

    Rosalba Rolón

    19. He Is the Man that I Am: Nightlife and Legacy in Marga Gomez’s Latin Standards

    Javier Luis Hurtado

    20. “Why do we exist?” Theatre and Placemaking within Southern Arizona’s Sonoran Heritage

    Marc David Pinate

    Part 3: Communities/ Next Generation

    21. Creating a Path in Higher Education When There is None

    Elizabeth C. Ramírez

    22. Considering Diasporican Drama

    Jon D. Rossini

    23. Our Ritual, Our Process: A Conversation with Migdalia Cruz

    Marissa Chibás

    24. Topology and the Dramatic Writer

    Georgina Escobar

    25. Resisting Relapse: Positive Identity and Empowerment for Youth on the Frontera

    Adriana Dominguez

    26. The New Old Sound: A worksheet manifesto

    Beto O’Byrne

    27. Yana Wana: A Dramatic Call to Action for Indigenous Latinx Youth in Texas

    Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and María F. Rocha

    28. The Stranger and the City: Theatre, Democracy, Inclusion

    Ana Candida Carneiro

    29. Articulating A Complete Life: The Queer Pastorelas of Teatro Alebrijes

    Javier Luis Hurtado

    Part 4: World Making

    30. Mi Cuenta

    Krysta Gonzales

    31. Jornaleros: Art, Labor and Drama

    Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez

    32. Material Bodies and Object Vitality: Octavio Solis’s Don Quixote and Quixote Nuevo

    Carla Della Gatta

    33. Racial Masquerade and Black Latinidades in Rachel Lynett’s Black Mexican

    Jade Power-Sotomayor

    34. Tú eres mi otro yo: The Ecodramaturgy of José Cruz González

    Theresa J. May

    35. Dancing Migration: Trespassing, Borders, and Precarious Crossings in Silvana Cardell’s Supper, People on the Move

    Amelia Rose Estrada

    36. Testimonio: Exploring the Latinx Weave in Theatre

    Rose Cano

    37. El Silencio: A Chicana Perspective on Contemporary Latinx Theatre and Performance as Testimonio

    Elisa Gonzales

    38. Erased or Stereotyped: Latine Bisexual Representation in the American Theatre

    Maria-Tania Bandes B. Weingarden

    39. Sonic Resistance and Resilience in Teatro Luna’s Talking While Female and Other Acts

    Melissa Huerta

    Part 5: Structures

    40. The Orange and the Brick: A story about US Latine playwriting

    Caridad Svich

    41. Creating Opportunities: A Latinx Playwright’s Journey

    Diana Burbano

    42. San Diego Rep Latinx New Play Festival

    Maria Patrice Amon

    43. Circles Rising: Latina Directors in Community

    Estefanía Fadul

    44. South Texas Playwrights

    Jerry Ruiz

    45. Latinx Theatre: The New Frontier

    Henry Godinez

    46. Crafting Culture on Chicago’s Stages

    Priscilla Maria Page

    47. Familism at Work in Latine Theates

    Olga Sanchez Saltveit

    48. Latinx TikTok: Rasquache Theatre Goes Digitial

    Trevor Boffone

    49. The Graying of the Field: How I Survived the Transition from ‘New Dramatist’ to one Who Is No Longer New

    Migdalia Cruz

    50. A Play is a Poem Standing Up

    Marisela Treviño Orta


    Noe Montez is Associate Professor and Chair of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts University, USA.

    Olga Sanchez Saltveit is Assistant Professor of Theatre, Middlebury College, USA; the Co-Artistic and Producing Director, Dogteam Theatre Project; and Artistic Director Emerita, Milagro.

    "The Routledge Companion to Latine Theatre and Performance is essential reading for those who desire to delve into the breadth and depth of Latine theatre and performance. This remarkable volume offers an abundant array of aesthetically and culturally diverse contributions from foundational, established and emerging voices in the field. May the global theatre community engage this significant archive and resource for years to come!"

    Anne García-RomeroUniversity of Notre Dame, USA

    "Montez and Sanchez Saltveit’s masterfully-edited volume is a treasury of insights into contemporary Latine theatre. This collection of essays by scholars and artists is an intergenerational conversation about Latine theatrical practices that reflect on and refract contemporary debates about identity, politics and culture."

    Patricia A. YbarraBrown University, USA

    "This dynamic collection brings together the revelatory work of a wide array of Latine artists coupled by the historical, theoretical, and academic analysis of our best scholars. By celebrating the voice and of Latine artists and the insight of our best contemporary scholars, Dr. Sanchez Saltveit and Dr. Montez have created a vital gift for our field." 

    Karen Zacarías, Playwright and Core Founder, Latinx Theatre Commons, USA