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Carla Della Gatta, PhD

Carla Della Gatta is a theatre historian and performance theorist whose research focuses on ethnicity, aurality, and gender and sexuality.  Her primary fields are Shakespeare, Latinx theatre, and LGBTQ theatre.  Dr. Della Gatta works as an advisor for various theaters and Latinx Shakespeare productions.

She is currently Assistant Professor of English at Florida State University and was previously Assistant Professor of Critical Studies - Theatre at the University of Southern California.

Her work has been published in journals such as Shakespeare Survey and Shakespeare Studies, and her public scholarship can be found online through Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Howlround, Victory Gardens Theater, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and more.  The co-edited edition, Shakespeare and Latinidad, was recently published with Edinburgh University Press (June 2021), and her monograph, Latinx Shakespeares: Staging U.S. Intracultural Theater is forthcoming with University of Michigan Press (2022).



Shakespeare and Social Justice series, Arden Shakespeare

2021 - present: Advisory Board

Shakespeare Survey

2021-present: Advisory Board

Teatro Magazine

2021-present: Performance Review Editor (English)

Teatro: Revista de Estudios Culturales / A Journal of Cultural Studies

2021-present: Editorial Board

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)

2019-21: Member-At-Large / Liaison to the Operations Committee, Governing Council

American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

2021-23: Chair (2023), Member (2021-22), committee for three research and publishing awards 

2018–20: Chair (2020), Member (2018-19), Collaborative Research Award Committee

Shakespeare Association of America (SAA)

2020-21: SAA Publics Award Committee

2016: NextGenPlen Selection Committee


Employment & Education

2019  - present: Assistant Professor of English, Florida State University

2015-19: Assistant Professor of Critical Studies - Theatre, USC

PhD - Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University

           Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

MA  - Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University

MA  - Literature in English, San Francisco State University

BA  -  English, University of California, Berkeley


Awards & Fellowships

2020: Robert B. Bradley Library Research Grant, co-received with Aaron C. Thomas, Florida State University  
2020: First Year Assistant Professor (FYAP) Grant, Florida State University
2020: College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Faculty Travel Award, FSU, declined due to Covid-19
2018–19: Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
2018–19: Folger Shakespeare Library Short-Term Fellowship
2018: The Mellon School of Theater & Performance Research, Harvard University Summer Session: Public Humanities
2017: New York Public Library Short Term Fellowship
2017: USC Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (ASHSS) Grant Writing Fellowship
2016: American Society for Theatre Research Targeted Area Research Award
2016: J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize, Shakespeare Association of America
2015: Summer Institute Cologne [sic!] at Cologne University, Sound Studies seminar, declined
2015: Finalist, Northwestern Presidential Fellowship, Northwestern University
2014–15: Gender & Sexuality Studies Graduate Assistantship, Northwestern University
2014: Graduate Student Travel Award, Shakespeare Association of America
2013: Visiting Scholar, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
2013: Graduate Research Grant, Northwestern University
2011: Ignition Grant, Northwestern University
2011: Summer Language Grant, Northwestern University
2008: Shakespeare in the Classroom, scholarship, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland


Courses Taught


Literature of Human Rights
American Drama after 1970
LGBTQ Drama and Theatre
Latinx Drama and Theatre
Latina Theatre and Feminisms
Jewish American Playwrights
Greek and Roman Theatre
Theatre Across Histories and Cultures
Text Studies for Production
Theory and Practice of World Theatre I
The Theatre Scene


Issues in Literary and Cultural Studies
Shakespeare, Race, and Ethnicity
Performing the Hyphen: American Drama after 1960
Shakespeare and Aurality