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Department ofTheatre and Dance

Karina Gutiérrez

Karina Gutiérrez

Assistant Professor

Karina Gutiérrez's work concentrates on the intersection of politics and performance, more specifically how digital interventions, institutionalization efforts, and historical narrative affect the development and sustainability of social and politically engaged performance companies and collectives in the Americas.

She is a recent Doctoral graduate of Stanford University’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, where she served as the inaugural Artistic Director of The Nitery Experimental Theatre (NEXT), student director, and undergraduate mentor. Gutiérrez additionally served as a Scholar-in-Residence at El Centro Chicano y Latino, a Co-Graduate Coordinator at the Woman’s Community Center, and a Diversifying Academia, and a Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellow. Upon graduation Dr. Gutiérrez was awarded the Carl Webber Prize for integration of Creative Practice and Scholarly Research.

Gutiérrez’s canon of work centers on contemporary Chicanx and US Latinx theatre. She has published reviews in leading theatre journals such as Theatre Survey, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Modern Drama (forthcoming), and Theatre Annual (forthcoming). Her article on the legacy of El Teatro Campesino (The Farmworker’s Theatre) is due later this year in the Latino Literature Encyclopedia for Students.

In addition to her scholarship, Gutiérrez is a Bay Area-based actor, director, and dramaturg. Karina is an advocate for Latinx/Chicanx representation in the arts and is a co-founder of BALTAN, the Bay Area Latino Theatre Alliance Network.