Diana Taylor Founding Director

 Portrait

Diana Taylor is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU. Originally from Mexico, she was trained in Mexico, France, and the United States. She is the author of the award winning Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America (1991) and Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's 'Dirty War', Duke U.P., 1997. The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Duke U.P., 2003) which won the ATHE Research Award in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy and the Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for the best book in Latin American and Spanish Literatures and Culture (2004) was translated into Portuguese by Eliana Lourenço de Lima Reis, Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Press, 2012, and Spanish by Anabelle Contreras, Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile, 2015. PERFORMANCE (Buenos Aires: Asuntos Impresos, 2012) appeared in a revised version in English with Duke U.P. 2016. Acciones de memoria: Performance, historia, y trauma, was published in Peru: Fondo Editorial de la Asamblea Nacional de Rectores (2012). Her new book, ¡Presente! The Politics of Presence will come out with Duke U.P. in 2018, and in Spanish with Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile. She is the editor and co-editor of a dozen books, including several digital books such as What is Performance Studies (co-edited with Marcos Steuernagle) and Dancing with the Zapatistas (Duke U.P. 2016). Taylor is the recipient of multiple fellowships, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 and an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, 2013-14. In 2017, she served as President of the Modern Language Association (MLA). In 2018, Taylor was inducted into the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 1998, Taylor has been founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, a network of scholars, artists, and activists throughout the Americas that work for social justice.