Greater Caribbean Performativities

Conveners: Anabelle Contreras Castro, Maruja García Padilla, Lillian Manzor, Vivian Martínez Tabares, Antonio Prieto Stambaugh and Gina Ulysse

The Caribbean is a zone of problematic geographical delimitation, both continent and archipelago, that includes countries like Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico but also Caribbean regions of Mexico, Central and South America as well as the United States. The Caribbean is, above all, a cultural concept that expands beyond mapped boundaries. It shares common historical traits and has diverse forms of cultural expression tied to voluntary and forced migratory movements. This group was born out of the need to explore the complexity of the Caribbean with its performative traditions, sharing various theoretical, artistic and research methodologies.


Anabelle Contreras Castro is a Professor at the School for Scenic Arts and coordinator of the Interdisciplinary doctorate of Central American Arts and Letters at the National University of Costa Rica. Her research investigates identities in Central America, youth cultures, gender, popular culture and media.

Maruja García Padilla heads the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Puerto Rico, where she also teaches. Her research deals with visual representation, gender and the body, ephemeral art and new art forms. Currently she is working on the history and documentation of performance and experimental dance/theater in Puerto Rico.

Lillian Manzor (Associate Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures, University of Miami) is founding director of the Cuban Theater Digital Archive and curator of Cuban Culture on the Edge, a cultural bridge between diasporic Cuban artists and those in Cuba. Critical anthologies include Latinas on Stage and Teatro cubano actual.

Vivian Martínez Tabares is a critic, theatre researcher, editor and Professor. Undergraduate degree in Theatre and doctorate in Art Sciences at the Instituto Superior de Arte. Editor of the journal Conjunto and director at the Casa de las Américas and Mayo Teatral. Her most recent book is Escena y tensión social.

Antonio Prieto-Stambaugh is Full Professor at the Theatre Department of the Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico. He  holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and a PhD in Latin American Studies from Mexico’s National University (UNAM). Editor of the journal Investigación teatral: Revista de artes escénicas y performatividad.

Gina Athena Ulysse is currently developing her avant-garde meditation, VooDooDoll, What If Haiti Were a Woman, On ti Travay sou 21 Pwen. She is the author of Downtown Ladies (Chicago 2008) and Why Haiti Needs New Narratives. She is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Wesleyan University.


Camilla Stevens
Cristel M. Jusino Díaz
Emilia M. Durán-Almarza
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes