April 28, 2016

Theater Professor Brian Herrera Bridges Latinx Culture and Popular Performance at Princeton

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Book cover design by Michael Quanci; illustration by Chad Sell

The creative and the academic reside hand in hand in Brian Herrera’s work as a theater-maker, scholar and teacher. An Assistant Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center, Herrera examines the history of gender, sexuality, and race within and through U.S. popular performance in his scholarship and in the courses he teaches at Princeton, which include “Queer Boyhoods,” “Autobiographical Storytelling,” “Playing Against Type,” and “Movements for Diversity in American Theater.”

“I consider myself a cultural historian of U.S. popular performance and what it tells us about how that culture understood itself at that moment.”
— Brian Herrera

Herrera recently received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for his book, Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth Century U.S. Popular Performance (2015).

Read the full story by Jamie Saxon, which includes an audio clip of Herrera reading from Latin Numbers and a short video about the “acadoodles” Herrera draws at lectures he attends, on the University homepage…

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