Dr. Jorge A. Huerta, a renowned scholar and leading authority on contemporary Chicana/o and US Latina/o theatre, will give a lecture on the history of Chicano theatre, from its Spanish religious (folk) roots, to the founding of el Teatro Campesino, which led to the Chicano Theatre Movement of the 1960s, to the explosion of theatrical and scholarly activities today. The second part of the program is an interview and conversation with Ricardo Rocha, a Drama doctoral student who studies under Dr. Huerta’ tutelage. This conversation will explore historical, socio-political, and theoretical aspects of Latinx performance and Latinidad. The program will end with Q & A from the audience. Light refreshments will be served.
Biography of the Speaker
Dr. Jorge A. Huerta is Chancellor’s Associates Professor of Theatre Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, where he began teaching in the Department of Theatre in 1975. He is very proud to have earned his B.A. and M.A. in Drama at (then) California State College, Los Angeles in 1965 and 1967, respectively. While in the doctoral program in Dramatic Arts at UC Santa Barbara, he founded El Teatro de la Esperanza, one of the leading teatros of the period. Huerta has directed numerous theatrical productions in regional theatres throughout the United States and taken student groups to perform in Spain, France and Germany.
Dr. Huerta is a leading authority on contemporary Chicana/o and US Latina/o theatre and has lectured throughout the US, Latin America and Western Europe. A prolific writer, he has published many articles and two books: Chicano Theatre: Themes and Forms (1982) and Chicano Drama: Society, Performance and Myth (2000). Dr. Huerta was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in 1994 and elected National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Scholar in 1997. He was awarded the Association for Theatre in Higher Education “Lifetime Achievement in Educational Theatre Award” in 2007 and recognized as the “Distinguished Scholar” by the American Society for Theatre Research in 2008. He received the “Latino Spirit Award” by the California State Assembly and recognized for “Outstanding Contributions to Education" in 2009.