Carla Della Gatta
Writer. Scholar. Educator. Arts Advocate.
Dr. Carla Della Gatta is a theatre historian and performance theorist, specializing in contemporary Shakespearean performance and bilingual and Latinx theatre. She is author of Latinx Shakespeares: Staging US Intracultural Theater. She built and maintains the only archive of Latinx theatrical adaptation, LatinxShakespeares.Org.
Staging US Intracultral Theater
(University of Michigan Press, January 2023)
Latinx Shakespeares explores how Latinx cultures are constructed dramaturgically and textually in Shakespearean adaptations and productions.
Latinx Shakespeares is a performance lens for analyzing Shakespeare as ethnic theatre based on an amplification of aural signifiers such as music, accents, and the Spanish language. It is also a theatre history, detailing adaptation work in theaters and universities all over the United States, ultimately arguing that these productions are intracultural, and part of the New American Theatre.
LatinxShakespeares.Org is an archive that includes reviews and ephemera from over 180 Latinx-authored and/or Latinx-themed Shakespearean productions and adaptations and over 90 Latinx-authored and/or Latinx-themed adaptations of other western classics staged in the United States over the last seventy-five years.
All of Carla's writing is in dialogue with artists, advancing a conversation on theatre.
She writes for academic presses and journals, trade publications, and online magazines and blogs.
Program notes and scholarship for the theatre are located on the Theatre page.
Photo credit: Latinx Theatre Commons