Irma Mayorga

A fourth generation Tejana from San Antonio, Texas, certified army brat, and fanatic dog-lover, Irma Mayorga holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Joint Ph.D. in Drama and the Humanities from Stanford University. From Stanford, she also holds the distinction of attaining the first Ph.D. by a Latinx person in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies’ history.  

Irma is also a director, dramaturg, and award-winning playwright. Her play Cascarones received invitation for development at the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Playwrights Conference. Her playwriting has also been recognized by the Jane Chambers playwriting competition, PlayPenn, and most recently, her work was a finalist for the 2018 Carnaval of New Latinx Work.  

Irma is also always proud to mark that she has served as a cultural worker in numerous people of color arts and community organizations including New World Theater, the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.  

Dr. Mayorga’s scholarship examines contemporary theater and performance by U.S. people of color, theater by women, Chicanx Expressive Culture, and, more broadly, U.S. Latinx culture and identity. 

In 2014 the University of Texas Press published a second edition of her play The Panza Monologues. As Latinx Studies scholar Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez notes, The Panza Monologues, Second Edition “is the most original and historically documented theatre project to date in Latinx theatre…It is a lesson in making theatre matter, and it spotlights how theatre is informed by lived experiences and historical processes….” 

In 2004, she founded the Latina/o Focus Group of the Association of Higher Education in Theater—the first formal entity within ATHE to place scholarly focus on Latinx theatermaking. She sits on the Advisory Board of the newly formed Latinx Theater Commons. This group of venerated Latinx theatermakers began an important national movement to transform the narrative of the American theater by amplifying the visibility of Latinx theatermaking.   

In 2021, she was proud to serve as guest artist at North Hennepin Community College where she had the opportunity to write and direct NHCC students in the inaugural mainstage theater production of NHCC’s “Stages of Equity” initiative, a program that seeks to foreground artist of color led projects at NHCC. And currently, she is pleased to serve as a faculty member in the NHCC Department of Theatre & Film. 

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