I am grateful to the esteemed American Theatre & Drama Society selection committee for choosing my article “Staging Public Blackness in Mid-Twentieth Century Peru: The Repertoires of Pancho Fierro and Cumanana” (Theatre Survey 2020) for Honorable Mention as a finalist for the Vera Mowry Roberts Award. This award goes annually to the best essay, published in English in a refereed scholarly journal or edited collection, that focuses on theatre and/or performance in the Americas.
On July 1, 2020, I was thrilled to share a preview from the section of my book manuscript about Victoria Santa Cruz’s little-known Paris years: “París Me Llama”: Victoria Santa Cruz en la Universidad de Teatro de las Naciones, 1962–1966.” (“Paris Calls Me”: Victoria Santa Cruz in the University of the Theatre of Nations, 1962–1966).
CEDET’s 9th International Seminar: Republic, Racism and Pandemic: 200 Years of Afrodescendant Resistance was an exhilarating gathering of scholars, artists, and activists from around the world by way of Zoom from Lima, Peru. It was a particular honor to join Octavio Santa Cruz Urquieta, Alina Consuelo Santa Cruz Bustamante, Andernísia Ferreira do Nascimento de Messias, and moderator Juan Manuel Olaya on a panel about the historic resistance, presence, and contributions of the Santa Cruz family.