Irma Mayorga

Assistant Professor of Theater
Affiliated faculty in the Program of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies
Affiliated faculty in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Member, Latina/o Focus Group of ATHE
Steering Committee Member, Latina/o Theater Commons

Dr. Irma Mayorga's research explores contemporary theater and performance by U.S. people of color, theater and performance by women, Chicana/o Expressive Culture, and, more broadly, U.S. Latina/o identic formations and self-representations. She is currently developing a manuscript on theatricality and Chicana Cultural Production. A native of San Antonio, Texas, she holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design (UW-Madison) and a Joint Ph.D. in Drama and the Humanities from Stanford University. From Stanford, she also holds the distinction of attaining the first Ph.D. by a Latina/o in the Drama Department's history. She is also a director, dramaturge, and award-winning playwright. Her work has been developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Playwrights Conference. In 2014 the University of Texas Press published a second, expanded edition of her play The Panza Monologues (with collaborator Virginia Grise)crafted as a dramaturgical casebook that both documents the play’s development and offers creative guidance and pedagogical materials to help future producers organize productions in a wide variety of communities. She has also served as a cultural worker in numerous people of color arts and community organizations. 

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Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies
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Joint Ph.D. in Drama and the Humanities, Stanford University
M.F.A. Costume Design, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Theater, College of St. Benedict

Selected Publications

Three pieces forthcoming in Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage collected and edited by Daniel Sack (New York: Routledge), in press, expected spring 2017: “The Copper Thieves” (short play) by Irma Mayorga, “A Gloss on Erik Ehn’s ‘Crow Takes Hat’” by Irma Mayorga, “A Gloss on Nia Witherspoon’s ‘SHE’” by Irma Mayorga

The Panza Monologues, Second Edition. Written, conceived, and collected by Irma Mayorga and Virginia Grise. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014. Read more HERE.

The Panza Monologues, with Virginia Grise, first edition. Austin: Evelyn Street Press, 2004. (out of print)

Performance Review. blu (world premiere) by Virginia Grise. Company of Angels Theater. Los, Angeles, CA. Theater Journal, October 2012.

“Invisibility’s Contusions: Violence in Cherríe Moraga’s Heroes and Saints and The Hungry Woman and Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit .” Violence in American Drama : Essays on Its Staging, Meanings and Effects. Alfonso Ceballos Munoz, Ramón Espejo Romero, and Bernardo Muñoz Martinez (eds.), (2011) 157-171.

“Our Alamo: Resistant Theatricality in Kathy Vargas’s ‘My Alamo’ Photomontage Series,” Womens Studies: An inter-disciplinary journal, April-May 2009, v38 i3, 312-341.

The Panza Monologues, performance DVD, 2009. More HERE.

“Solace in Politics: An interview with playwright Ricardo Bracho,” Ollantay Theatre Magazine, (Fall 2008) 47-56.

Speaking Engagements

2016 Keynote Plenary Panelist for the American Society for Theatre Research. Minneapolis, MN.  

2015 Keynote Speaker for the Mid-America Theatre Conference. Kansas City, MO. More HERE.

2015 featured author & book (The Panza Monologues, Second Edition) for the Tucson Festival of Books. More HERE.

Works in Progress

Theatrical Imaginaries in Chicana Cultural Production  -  monograph 

Selected Works and Activities

Honors Thesis Advisor (with Prof. Jamie Horton) for Robert Leverett's ('16) project of producing, dramaturging, and acting in The Cotton Patch Gospel by Tom Key & Russell Treyz with Music and Lyrics by Harry Chapin. Read Dartmouth Now's feature story HERE. 

Honors Thesis Advisor for Chris Gallerani's ('15) project of writing and acting in an original solo performance piece entitled #werq: a queer journey. Read The Dartmouth's feature story HERE.

Honors Thesis Advisor for Nicholas J. O'Leary's ('14) project of dramaturging, designing, and directing Ben Jonson's play The Alchemist. Read Dartmouth Now's feature story HERE. Read The Dartmouth's feature story HERE.

Honors Thesis Advisor (with Prof. Jamie Horton) for Veronique Lecocq's ('13) project of translating and performing the solo play Post Hum(or)ous Confessions from a Life of Good, Clean, Crime by Gérald Gruhn, translated by Vero Lecocq. Read The Dartmouth's feature story HERE.

Recent and Forthcoming Activities

2016 Keynote Plenary Panelist for the American Society for Theatre Research. Minneapolis, MN.  

Roundtable Moderator. “Influence, Responsibility + Decision-Making Power: Directors on Inclusion + Diversity.” A panel convened by The Society for Directors and Choreographers and the ATHE Directing Focus Group. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), 2016, Chicago, IL.

Presenter. "Plays, Parity, Pedagogy" at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), 2016, Chicago, IL.

American Society for Theater Research 2014. Co-convener with Dr. Anita Gonzalez (University of Michigan) for the ASTR Working Session Disembodied Race and the Racial Elsewhere. Baltimore, MD. More HERE.

"Spotlight on New Works" featured author/publication (The Panza Monologues, Second Edition). 2014 Association for Theatre in Higher Education, national conference. Scottsdale, AZ.

World Premiere of Cascarones a play by Irma Mayorga. Produced by DNAWorks & Teatro Paraguas, Santa Fe, NM. September 2014. More HERE.

Travels with Students - London Foreign Study Abroad, Summer Term 2015