FDP Colloquium - Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
Mon, March 4, 2013 • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM • GEB 4th Floor Conference Room
Toward Culturally Responsive Artistry: Mapping Engagement With Latino/a Stories on Stage
Throughout the US, scholars continue to argue for more diversity on stage and in our theatres. Professor Schroeder-Arce's talk addresses this issue through an examination of Mariachi Girl, a co-production of ZACH Theatre and Teatro Vivo, both of Austin, Texas. Both companies articulated individual and shared goals for the production, including engaging with Austin Latino/a audiences. For ZACH, Mariachi Girl was one of few Latino/a themed plays they have produced. Borrowing from culturally responsive education theory, Schroeder-Arce argues for a paradigm of culturally responsive artistry, specifically theatre that reflects the cultures and identities of the communities in which it is performed. Through her study of the value of US Latino theatre to the Austin Community, she raises critical questions about representation, accountability, and engagement, as well as a discussion of how Universities and arts/cultural institutions face great opportunities and responsibilities when situated in diverse communities.
Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is an Assistant Professor of Theatre, Theatre Studies Program
Department of Theatre and Dance.