Emily Aguilar

EDUCATION
M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin
THESIS: Cultivating Community: Socially Responsible Pedagogy in the Devising Process
SYNOPSIS: This MFA thesis investigated socially responsible pedagogy in an original Theatre for
Dialogue course for undergraduate students at UT Austin, created by the researcher. Course participants created an original interactive theatre program which explored gender and racial justice with young audiences.

Certified, Women’ s and Gender Studies , The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
Certified, Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship, The LBJ School of Public Affairs


B.F.A. in Theatre Performance Studies and English Studies from Niagara University, Summa Cum Laude
Thesis: Senior Showcase Performances
Thesis: “Feminine Influence & Power in Shakespeare’s Much Ado, All’s Well, and Shrew”
Fine Arts Minor (Concentration in design and technical theatre)

COURSES TAUGHT AT BGSU:

  • The Treehouse Troupe
  • The Theatre Experience
  • Arts Management I
  • Arts Management II
  • Creative Drama

 

RESEARCH/TEACHING INTERESTS:

  • Applied Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities (Theatre for Social Change, Theatre of the Oppressed)
  • Feminist Pedagogies, including: Socially Responsible Pedagogy, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Latina/o/x, Chicana/o/x, Indigenous Theatre and Representation
  • Digital Storytelling as an Applied Theatre Practice

    INSTITUTIONS/ORGANIZATIONS WITH WHICH I’VE WORKED
    Before coming to BGSU, Emily taught courses at the University of Texas at Austin. Emily has worked as a teaching artist, theatre-maker, and guest lecturer at ZACH Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Voices Against Violence, the Performing Justice Project, Travis County Juvenile Probation Department, and Niagara University. Emily also helps to run a non-profit arts and cultural organization, the Indigenous Cultures Institute.

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
    The Latina|o Theatre Commons (Steering Committee member and Co-Champion of Café Onda, the journal of the LTC)
    The American Alliance for Theatre and Eduation (AATE)
    Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA)
    Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
    The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa
    Teatro Vivo (Board Member)

    PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
    Emily is published in TYA Today, as well as Café Onda, the journal of the Latina|o Theatre Commons. She has led workshops and presentations at several national and international conferences. Selected presentations include the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin Amerian Studies, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

    AWARDS and HONORS
    Selected recognition includes:

    The Cohen New Works Festival Selection and The Cohen New Works Festival Go! Grant
    Coleman A. Jennings Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Creative Drama/Theatre for Young Audiences
    Don and Elizabeth Doyle Fellowship Nominee for the American Alliance of Theatre and Education
    Morton Brown, Nellie Lee Brown, and Minelma Brown Lockwood Scholarship Fund in Drama
    Mary Margaret Blair Lindsay Endowed Scholarship