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Marcela A. Fuentes
Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
Performance Studies

70 Arts Circle Drive
Room 5-151
Evanston, Illinois 60208

Marcela A. Fuentes

Marcela A. Fuentes’s work focuses on tactical media and performance in contemporary protests and activisms. Her book Performance Constellations: Networks of Protest and Activism in Latin America/ Activismos tecnopolíticos: Constelaciones de performance (University of Michigan Press, 2019; Eterna Cadencia, 2020) maps the entanglement between on and off-line organizing and mobilization in movements such as neo-zapatismo, the post-2001 Argentinazo, the 2011 Chilean student revolt, solidarity campaigns with the families of Ayotzinapa’s 43, and contemporary transnational feminisms. She offers the concept of “performance constellations” to trace how notions that are central to studies of performance such as embodiment, liveness, eventness, and site-specificity are redefined in the era of communicative capitalism and remote, asynchronous collectivity. She has been awarded national and international grants and fellowships such as the Fulbright Fellowship, the Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral research grant, and the Tinker Foundation research grant. Her work has been published in Text and Performance Quarterly, e-misférica, the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Conjunto, LatFem, Moléculas Malucas, Página 12, and edited volumes on transnational and activist performance. Her teaching interests include tactical media, social art tactics, transnational performance, social movements, digital performance, theories of embodiment, the digital humanities, critical theory, and feminist and queer performance.


PhDPerformance Studies, New York University
MAPerformance Studies, New York University
BATheatre, 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.