Marcela A. Fuentes

Marcela Fuentes’s work focuses on the relationship between performance and digital technology in late 20th and early 21st century protest and interventionist art. Her book manuscript, In the Event of Performance: Bodies, Tactical Media, and Politics in the Americas, under contract with the University of Michigan Press, investigates the changing relationship between embodied performance and mediation as techniques of control and resistance within neoliberal states. Professor Fuentes’s teaching interests include politics and performance, performance art, social art tactics, transnational performance, theories of embodiment and affect, the digital humanities, and performance as research. Professor Fuentes’s work has been published in academic journals, edited volumes, and reference books. She serves as a Board Member of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and has been a founding member and Managing Editor of e-misférica, the institute’s online peer-review journal. Professor Fuentes also works as a performer, director, and dramaturg.


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


“Event”. In Reading Contemporary Performance: Theatricality Across Genres. Eds. Gabrielle Cody and Meiling Cheng. Routledge. Forthcoming.
“Performance Constellations: Memory and Event in Digitally Enabled Protest.” Text and Performance Quarterly. Vol. 35, No. 1, January 2015, pp. 24-42.

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

“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.

“Casting Shadows in Global Land. Indigenous Theatre and Women’s Performance.” Theatre Research International, vol. 35, no. 2.

Review of Ethno-Techno: Writings on Performance, Activism and Pedagogy by Guillermo Gómez Peña. alt. theatre: cultural diversity and the stage. Vol. 5, No. 3.

Entries on Digital Activism, Blogging, Reverend Billy, YoMango, and the Minutemen for the SAGE Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. Gary L. Anderson and Kathryn G. Herr, eds, 2007.

“Memories of the Present: A Report from Buenos Aires International Theatre Festival.” New York Arts Magazine, Vol. 11, No.1/2.

Review of The Spectacular City. Violence and Performance in Urban Bolivia by Daniel Goldstein. Modern Drama 48.4.

“Roberto Jacoby y Sociedades Experimentales.” In e-misférica 1.1. Enacting Democracy.

“Performance y Política en las Américas.” Teatro al Sur. Revista Latinoamericana. Issue 16/17.

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 Topics and Methods in Digital Performance Studies.
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

Assistant Professor


Performance Studies


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