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Name: Anita Gonzalez
Academic Rank: Professor
Department: Theatre Arts

Expertise Keywords: African American, Africana, Black Studies, dance, dance history, Directing, Latin American, Latin American Studies, Latino, Maya, movement, Native American, Theater, theater history

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Currrent Research: Directing theory and practice, dance choreography, new play development, African American theater and dance, Indigenous and Maya Dance and Theater, Central American and Latin American Theater, Latino theater

Contact Information

Office Phone: 845-257-3907
E-mail Address: gonzalea@newpaltz.edu
Home Phone: 845-255-1205
Personal Web Site: http://www.anitagonzalez.com

Other Information

Positions held prior to joining SUNY New Paltz:
Assistant Professor Florida State University School of Theatre (1999-2004)

Assistant Professor Connecticut College (1997-1999)


New York University 1974-1976 Educational Theatre
Florida State University 1976-1977 B.A. 1977 Theatre
American University 1977-1979 M.A. 1979 Performing Arts
University of Wisconsin-Madison 1995-1997 Ph.D. 1997 Theatre


2004 CIES Fulbright Senior Scholar Specialist Award for Guatemalan Dance.

2004 Florida State University One Time Activity Grant for Maya Research.

2003 Rockefeller Bellagio Center residency for the development of "Cigar Memories."

2000 National Endowment for the Arts Interdisciplinary grant for "The Mother Courage Project."

2000 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: The Maya World Grant for research in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala.

1997 National Endowment for the Arts International Exchange Grant for "Yanga."

1996 Rockefeller Foundation Multi- Arts Production Grant for "Hola Ola."

Other professional activities

Directing of the plays "Junk Mail" and "Finding the Way for the Estrogenius Theatre Festival at Manhattan Theatre Source, 2009 and 2010.

Choreography for Ballet Hispanico's "Viva Las Americas" (1993 to 2010) and Tysabri Industrial film (2010).

Co-author (with Ken Lauber) of the musical "Le Hot Blu."

Conjure Women: A PBS documentary film that features a 20-minute segment on Anita Gonzalez, 1996.

Director of "Heat" Bloomington Playwrights Project, 2005.

Director of a Residency Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Latino Arts/Milwaukeee, 2004.

Invited Plenary Lecture and Award "Centering the World Beyond the Stones: Contexts for Maya Ritual Performance." Univ. of California, Riverside, CA, May 2004.

'Spectacles of Cruising' in the Volatile Stages: Spectacular Theatre and the Theatre of Spectacle seminar group, American Society for Theatre Research conference, Las Vegas, Nev. November 18-21, 2004.

Black Performance Theory seminar: University of Minnesota (2004), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2000), Williams College (2007), Yale University (2009)

Organizational Memberships

Associate Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (2006 to present).

Member, The Dramatists Guild (2009 to present).

Board of Directors, Society of Dance History Scholars (1998-2004).

Member, American Society for Theatre Research (2000-present)

Member, Performance Studies International (1999-present)



Gonzalez, Anita. "Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality." Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-292-72324-5.

Gonzalez, Anita. "Jarocho's Soul: Cultural Identity and Afro-Mexican Dance." Lanham: University Press of America, 2004. ISBN # 0-7618-2775-7.

DeFrantz, Tommy and Anita Gonzalez "Black Performance Theory" Wesleyan: Wesleyan University Press. In process

Articles in Books

Gonzalez, Anita. “Tactile and Vocal Communities in Urban Bush Women’s Shelter and Praise House.” The Community Performance Reader edited by Petra Kuppers and Gwen Robertson. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Gonzalez, Anita. "Theater as Cultural Exchange: A Director's Perspective," Latinas On Stage. Edited by Alicia Arrizon and Lillian Manzor., Berkeley: Third Women Press, 2000.

Articles in Journals
Gonzalez, Anita: “Diversifying African American Drama,” Theatre Topics, 19:1 (March 2009), pp 59-66.

Gonzalez, Anita: “Indigenous Acts: Black and Native Performances in Mexico,” Radical History Review, Issue 103 (Winter 2009) 131-141.

Gonzalez, Anita. "Urban Bush Women: Finding Shelter in the Utopian Ensemble." Modern Drama (47:2) 250-268.

Gonzalez, Anita. "Mambo and the Maya," Dance Research Journal Vol. 35/2 and 36/1, (Winter 2003 and Spring 2004) 131-145.

Gonzalez, Anita. "Jawole Zollar's Praise House and the Ecstasy of the Black Church Ritual," The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Lawrence: University of Kansas (Summer, 2004) 123-135.

Gonzalez, Anita. "A Theater Studies Look at Maya Performance," Community College Humanities Review 22/1 (Fall 2001), pp. 99-113.

Gonzalez, Anita. "Caught Between Expectations: Producing, Performing, and Writing Black/African, Latino, and American Aesthetics," The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (Spring 1999), pp.149-156.

Book Reviews

Gonzalez, Anita. "Review of Heartbeat of the People: Music and Dance of the Northern Powwow" by Tara Browner. Dance Research Journal 34/2 (Winter 2002), pp. 110-113.

Gonzalez, Anita. "Review of Shaping Society Through Dance: Mestizo Ritual Performance in the Peruvian Andes" by Zoila Mendoza. Dance Research Journal 33/1 (Winter 2001/02), pp. 141-143.