The distinction of Senior Fellow is awarded to scholars, artists and activists affiliated with the Hemispheric Institute whose work exemplifies an exceptional contribution to the field of performance and politics. Fellows are selected by the Institute’s Board. The first two fellows, Jesusa Rodríguez and Luis Millones, were named at the 2007 Encuentro in Buenos Aires. In Bogotá in 2009, we had the honor of naming Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Vivian Martínez Tabares and Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani were named Senior Fellows in 2013 in São Paulo, Rossana Reguillo and Split Britches (Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver) in Montreal in 2014, and Julio Pantoja and Diamela Eltit in Santiago in 2016. This year, at our Mexico City Encuentro, it gives us great pleasure to recognize the work and generosity of Carmelita Tropicana, peter kulchyski, and Antonio Prieto Stambaugh. Thank you, Carmelita, peter, and Antonio for all of your contributions to Hemi over the years!
Antonio Prieto Stambaugh
Antonio Prieto Stambaugh is a professor and researcher in the School of Theater and the Center for the Study, Creation, and Documentation of the Arts at the Universidad Veracruzana, where he is also Coordinator of the graduate program in Performing Arts. He is a member of Mexico’s National System of Researchers (SNI), specializing in contemporary Mexican theatre and performance with a particular interest in artists who work on issues of gender, the nation, sexuality, and ethnicity. He holds an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM). He has edited four books, including Jerzy Grotowski. Miradas desde Latinoamérica (Universidad Veracruzana, 2011) and Corporalidades escénicas. Representaciones del cuerpo en el teatro, la danza y el performance (Universidad Veracruzana, 2016), with con Elka Fediuk. He is currently Director of the journal Investigación Teatral. Revista de artes escénicas y performatividad.
Carmelita Tropicana has been performing in New York’s downtown arts scene since the 1980s, straddling the worlds of performance art and theater in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe with her irreverent humor, subversive fantasy, and bilingual puns. She received an Obie in Theater, the Performance and Activism Award from the Women in Theater Program/American Theater in Higher Education, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for her upcoming memoir. She is a Creative Capital grantee with her collaborator playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, an alum of the Hemispheric Institute’s EmergeNYC Program. Notable and recent works include: Schwanze-Beast, a performance commissioned by Vermont Performance Lab; Post Plastica, an installation/video and performance presented at El Museo del Barrio; and the highly anthologized Milk of Amnesia, which she presented at the Hemipheric Institute’s Encuentro in Monterrey, Mexico. Her publications include the book she co-edited with Holly Hughes, Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW Café. Tropicana has taught at numerous universities and sits on the Board of Directors of the New York Foundation for the Arts.
peter kulchyski is a senior, non-indigenous scholar in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. His most recent book is Report of an Inquiry into an Injustice. His research is at the intersection of politics, law, history, and culture, with a special emphasis on Dene and Inuit in the far north. He has also more recently been engaged with issues around the impacts of hydroelectric developments on Inninew/Inninewak communities in Northern Manitoba. He is completing a term as co-Director of the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas.