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Dr. Patricia  Herrera
Dr. Patricia Herrera
Associate Professor of Theatre

Patricia Herrera’s teaching and research focus on contemporary theater and performance with an emphasis on social justice, identity politics, and transnationalism. Her book manuscript, under contract with the University of Michigan Press, critically examines the work of female artists of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe between 1973-2010. She has published articles in Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of MALCS, African American Review, and Public: A Journal of Imagining America. She is the Immediate Past Focus Group Representative of ATHE’s Latino Focus Group and is currently serving in ATHE’s Conference Planning Committee. In addition to her academic work, she is the co-founder and co-director of the Rubí Theater Company in New York City, an intergenerational ensemble that produces original plays throughout the metropolitan area and conducts performance workshops in schools and theater festivals. The group appears on Dan Zanes’s Nueva York (2008), Catch That Train (2006 Grammy Award Winning CD for Best Children’s Musical Album), House Party (2003), and Night Time (2002), in which she was a lyricist and rapper. She is currently working on Remnants, a musical co-written by José Joaquín Garcia.

Grants and Fellowships
UR School of Arts and Science, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, Community-Engaged Research and Practice Initiative Fellowship, March 2014.

2013 UR School of Arts and Science, Dean’s Office, 2014 Summer Fellowship, November.

2012 UR School of Arts and Science, Dean’s Office, 2013 Summer Fellowship, November.

National Center for Institutional Diversity Exemplary Diversity Scholar, University of Michigan, October 2009.


“Staging Nuyorican Belonging: From Feminist Cultural Productions to Hip Hop Theatre,” Beyond the Logic of Debt, Toward an Ethic of Collective Dissent, American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., November 2013.

“Performing Belonging: Culture Clash’s Nuyorican Stories,” (Re)Positioning the Latina/o Americas: Theatrical Histories and Cartographies of Power, American Society for Theatre Research, Dallas, Texas, November 2013.

“Performing the Archives: A 1968 Laboratory,” with Laura Browder and Benjamin Thorp, A Call to Action, Imagining America National Conference, Syracuse, New York, October 2013.

“Jamming Against Institutional Violence: The Works of Sandra Maria Esteves and Migdalia Cruz,” Aesthetic Dimensions of the Puerto Rican Diaspora: Institutional Violence, Sexuality, and Public Culture, American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2012.

“Aural Imaginary and Genealogy of Performances: Creating Oral Histories of the Founding Mothers of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe,” “Hear/Say”: Aural and Oral Histories of Theatre and Performance, American Society for Theatre Research, Nashville, Tennessee, November 2012.

2012 Re-mix, Re-use, Re-frame: Strategies for Teaching Hip Hop Theatre and Teaching Theatre with Hip Hop, Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Washington, D.C., August.

2012 Panel Discussant, “Global Hip Hop,” Digital Scholarship and Transnational American Studies, Tocqueville Conference, University of Richmond, May.

“Divisions and Intersections: Rethinking Latina/o and Latin American Theatre,” Power and Performance: Staging Politics in the Latina/o Americas, Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Latina/o Focus Group Pre-Conference, Washington, D.C., August 2012.

Respondent for the book Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations, Spotlight on New Works in American Theatre, Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Washington, D.C., August 2012.

“Creating a Semester Plan,” Striking a Balance Between Work and Life, 2012 Virginia Network Conference 4th Women of Color Conference, Richmond, Virginia, June 2012.

Advisory Board Member of Chicana/Latina Studies: the Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras Cambio Social (MALCS)
Selected Publications

Herrera, Patricia. "Hamilton, Democracy, and Theatre in America." HowlRound: A Knowledge Commons by and for the Theatre Community (Pedagogy Notebook Blog). May 16, 2016.

"An Archive, Public Participation, and a Performance: Five Perspectives,” Public: A Journal of Imagining America, October 2013.

Civil Rights and Education in Richmond, Virginia: A Documentary Theater Project,” The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, 23.1 (Summer 2012), 15-35.


Herrera, Patricia. "Listening to Afro-Latinidad: The Sonic Archive of Olú Clemente." In Afro-Latin@s in movement : critical approaches to blackness and transnationalism in the Americas, by Petra R Rivera-Rideau, Jennifer A Jones, and Tianna S Paschel. 171-94. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.

"Guambra, Fiera, Karichina: The Pedagogy of Redefining Latina Health," An Anthology in Chicana/Latina Epistemology, eds. Dolores Delgado Bernal, C. Alejandra Elenes, Francisca E Godinez, and Sofia Villenas, State University of New York Press, 2006. The book was awarded the AESA Critics' Choice Award 2006.


"Performance Review: Power to the Panza!: Feminist Body Politics in the Panza Monologues,” Chicana/Latino Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social 10.2 (June 2011), 206-211.

Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York 2007
Theatre Studies
B.A., Dartmouth College 1996
Spanish and Theatre, with a concentration in Latino Studies
Contact Information
203 Booker Hall of Music
(804) 287-6352
(804) 287-1841 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Theatre as Social Change
20th and 21st Century American Theatre and Performance
Latina/o Cultural Productions
Solo Performance
Documentary Theatre
Gender and Performance
Hip Hop Performances