Theater History Symposium Respondent
Brian Eugenio Herrera is, by turns, a writer, teacher and scholar – presently based in New Jersey, but forever rooted in New Mexico. Brian joined the faculty of Princeton University as Assistant Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts in 2012. At Princeton, he is also affiliated with the Programs in Gender and Sexuality Studies, American Studies and Latino Studies. Brian’s work, whether academic or artistic, examines the history of gender, sexuality and race within and through U.S. popular performance. Brian holds degrees from Brown University, the University of New Mexico and Yale University, where he earned his PhD in American Studies. He is the author of Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (Michigan, 2015) and The Latina/o Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening: A Narrative Report (HowlRound, 2015). With Stephanie Batiste (UC-Santa Barbara) and Robin Bernstein (Harvard), Brian serves as co-editor of the newly launched “Performance and American Cultures” series at NYU Press. Brian recently completed terms of service on the Executive Committee for the American Society for Theatre Research, on the Steering Committee for the American Theatre Archive Project, on the Executive Committee for Modern Language Association’s Drama Division and on the Advisory Committee for the Latina/o Theatre Commons. His autobiographical solo show I Was the Voice of Democracy premiered in 2010 in Albuquerque and has subsequently been seen in Taos, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Lawrence (KS), New York City, Chapel Hill, Ithaca, Tempe, Princeton, Beirut, and Abu Dhabi. In 2013, Brian launched two new storywork shows, Boy Like That and Touch Tones. He is currently at work on two other book projects: Starring Miss Virginia Calhoun and Casting: A History.