Marcela A. Fuentes

Marcela Fuentes’s work focuses on performance and digital networking as tactical tools in contemporary protests and activisms. Her book manuscript Performance Constellations: Networked Activisms and Neoliberal Form in the Americas (under contract with the University of Michigan Press) theorizes emerging forms of tactical performance by examining how activists and socially engaged artists in the Western hemisphere use digital networks to create multi-sited protests in response to transnational systems of power. Her teaching interests include social art tactics, activism and performance, performance and technology, theories of embodiment, the digital humanities, critical theory, and feminist and queer performance. She is currently on the Editorial Board of HemiPress, a digital publication initiative by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She is also a member of the feminist collective Ni Una Menos (Not One Less) and an External Consultant for the Buenos Aires Performance Biennial.


PhD Performance Studies, New York University
MA Performance Studies, New York University
BA Theatre, Dance, and Film Studies, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Selected Publications

“#NiUnaMenos (#NotOneLess): Hashtag Performativity, Memory, and Direct Action against Gender Violence in Argentina.” In Women Mobilizing Memory. Performances of Protest. Ayse Gul Altinay, Maria José Contreras, Zeynep Gambetti, Alisa Solomon, eds. Columbia University Press. Forthcoming.

“Making Change: Performance and the Workings of the Event.” In Theatre, Performance and Theories of Change. Tamara Underiner and Stephani Etheridge Woodson, eds. Palgrave-Macmillan.

“Theater as Event: The Politics of Interruption in Vivi Tellas’ Documentary Theater.” In Calling Out of Context. Ed. Joachim Hamou. 15-35. (Paris, France: Paraguay Press, 2017)

“Performance Constellations: Memory and Event in Digitally Enabled Protest.” Text and Performance Quarterly. Vol. 35, No. 1, January 2015, pp. 24-42.

“Performance, Politics, and Protest.” In What is Performance Studies? Diana Taylor and Marcos Steuernagel, eds. (Durham: Duke University Press; New York: HemiPress, 2015).

“Zooming In and Out: Tactical Media Performance in Transnational Contexts.” In Performance, Politics, and Activism. Ed. John Rouse and Peter Lichtenfels. 32-55. (Hampshire: Palgrave McMillan, 2013)

“Investments Towards Returns: Protest and Performance in the Era of Financial Crises.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3 September 2012, pp. 449-468.

Estudios avanzados de performance (Advanced Studies in Performance). Co-editor with Diana Taylor. (México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2012)

Awards and Grants

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, “Cultures in Transnational Perspective”. University of California, Los Angeles, 2008-2010.
NEH Summer Fellowship, “Broadening the Digital Humanities,” University of Southern California Institute for Multimedia Literacy, 2010.
Fulbright Fellowship, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Argentina, 2001.


PERF-ST 515 Transnational Flows of Performance.
PERF-ST 515 Performance and Digital Media.
PERF-ST 410 Studies in Performance.
PERF-ST 335 Social Art Tactics.
PERF-ST 330 Theatre and Performance of the Americas.
PERF-ST 330 Performance and Activism in Digital Culture.
PERF-ST 315 Performance of Non- Fiction.

Marcela A. Fuentes

Associate Professor


Performance Studies


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