Analola Santana

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor in Theater

  • Affiliated Faculty in Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies

I teach courses on Latin American and Latinx theatre and performance. I am the author of Teatro y Cultura de Masas: Encuentros y Debates (México: Editorial Escenología, 2010) and Freak Performances: Dissidence in Latin American Theatre (University of Michigan Press, 2018), which considers the significance of theatrical practices that use the "freak" as a medium to explore the continuing effects of colonialism on Latin American identity. I am also the co-editor of Theatre and Cartographies of Power: Repositioning the Latina/o Americas (Southern Illinois UP, 2018); Fifty Key Figures in Latinx and Latin American Theatre (Routledge, 2022); and Monsters in Performance: Essays on the Aesthetics of Disqualification (Routledge, 2022). I have published articles in several journals, including GESTOS, Latin American Theatre Review, Letras FemeninasPaso de gato, Chasquí, Cuadernos de literatura, Theatre Topics, and Theatre Journal. In addition, I work as a professional dramaturg and am a company member of Mexico's famed Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes.

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Contact

949-400-6076
Hopkins Center, Room 104A
HB 6204

Department(s)

Theater

Education

Ph.D. University of California, Irvine.

Selected Publications

  • Books:

    Teatro y Cultura de Masas: Encuentros y Debates. México: Escenología, 2010.

    Freak Performances: Dissidence in Latin American Theatre. Forthcoming, University of Michigan Press, November 2018.

  • Edited Volumes:

    With Jimmy Noriega, eds. Theatre and Cartographies of Power: Repositioning the Latina/o Americas. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2018.

    With Sara Muñoz, eds. Special Issue of Hispanic Issues Online: Freakish Encounters: Constructions of the Freak in Hispanic Cultures. Forthcoming, Spring 2018.

    With Paola Hernández, eds. Fifty Key Figures in Latinx and Latin American Theatre. London: Routledge, 2022.

    With Michael Chemers, eds. Monsters in Performance: Essays on the Aesthetics of Social Disqualification. London: Routledge, 2022.

  • Articles:

    "¿Dónde está el paraíso?: Este cuerpo mío de Mariana Villegas y el afecto corporal." Religación 8.35 (January-March 2023): https://revista.religacion.com/index.php/religacion/issue/view/36.

    "Neoliberal Transactions: Stating Prostitution in the Mexican Nation." Theatre Journal 74 (2022): 129-49.

    "The Projection of the Self in Latin American Performance Art." Latin American Literature in Transition. Volume V: 1980-2017. Debra Castillo and Mónica Szurmuk, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge UP: 2022.

    "Los circuitos de la invisibilidad. Performance, violencia y sexualidad." Perspectivas políticas de la escena latinoamericana. Diálogos en tiempo presente. Eds. Lola Proaño-Gómez and Lorena Verzero. Buenos Aires/Los Angeles: Argus-a Artes y Humanidades, 2017. 135-148.

    "Theatre and Mass Culture: Pedagogical Tools for Stimulating Critical Thinking." Latin American Theatre Review 50.1 (Fall 2016): 191-204.

  • "Circuits of Invisibility: Performance, Violence, and Sexuality" Lateral, Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. (5.2, Fall 2016).

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Works In Progress

   

Selected Works & Activities

Dramaturg. El ultimo sueño de Frida y Diego, by Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz. Directed by Lorena Maza. Commissioned by the San Francisco Opera. San Diego Opera October 5-30, 2022. San Francisco Opera June 13-30, 2022.

Dramaturg. Del mago al loco: una revelación del tarot, by Claudio Valdés Kuri. Claudio Valdés Kuri, director. Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes. Guanajuato, Mexico (Festival Internacional Cervantino October 13-16, 2022); (Museo de San Carlos, 11 February – 2 April 2023).

Dramaturg. La hija de Rapaccini, by Daniel Catán. Lorena Maza, director. Mexico City/San Diego, California (Video production of the opera co-produced between the State of Culiacán and the San Diego Opera, June 2022).

Dramaturg. El gabinete del Maestro Toscano, by Claudio Valdés Kuri. Claudio Valdés Kuri, director. Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes. Mexico City, Mexico (Premiered at Terreno Baldío Arte, March 5-14, 2020).

Dramaturg. Triple Concierto, by Claudio Valdés Kuri and Monica Hoth. Claudio Valdés Kuri, director. Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes, Mexico City, Mexico (Teatro Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Teatro UNAM, 23 August- 13 October 2019).

Dramaturg. Juana de Arco en la hoguera, by Arthur Honegger based on a poem by Paul Claudel. Claudio Valdés Kuri, director. Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes, Mexico City, Mexico (Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Centro Cultural Universitario, September 2018).

Dramaturg. Quijote, vencedor de sí mismo. Claudio Valdés Kuri, director. Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes, Mexico City, Mexico (Festival Cervantino, Guanajuato, October 2016; Foro Sor Juana, UNAM, October-November 2016; Foro Shakespeare, November-December 2016)

Dramaturg. La vida es sueño. Dirección: Claudio Valdés Kuri. Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes. Teatro El Galeón (Mexico City), 2014.