Faculty Profile for Dr. Ana Luisa Martinez

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Dr. Ana Luisa Martinez
Assistant Professor — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 101
phone: (512) 245-2147

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Ana Martínez is a theatre scholar and performance designer. She holds a doctoral degree in Theatre Studies from the City University of New York, an MA in Scenography from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and an Architecture degree from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico.

As a scholar, she integrates a knowledge of performance and spatial practices with socially grounded research. Her fields of specialization are theatre practices in Mexico, Latin American and Latinx drama, and site-specific performance. Her book, Performance in the Zócalo: Constructing History, Race, and Identity in Mexico's Central Square from the Colonial Era to the Present (University of Michigan Press, 2020), was selected as one out of six finalists for the Theatre Library Association's 2020 George Freedley Memorial Award. Performance in the Zócalo addresses the ways in which Mexico City's central square manifests and contests its symbolic power through performance practices. Her chapter "Scenographies behind the Scenes" in the edited collection The Stage's Glory: John Rich reconstructs some of Covent Garden's eighteenth-century scenographies through an inventory of sets, props, and costumes. Her chapter on the 2001 march by the Zapatistas to the Zócalo is included in "Performance and the Global City." Her current research focuses on Latinx performance, migration, and environmentalism.

Her work as a performance designer has been shown in the US, England, Germany, and Mexico. Ana has been engaged in creating dramaturgically innovative shows and installations. Her creations foreground performance as a collaborative enterprise and unique medium for experimentation, interaction, and social comment. Her collaborations with practicing artists started as an architect, which led her to scenography as a creator of experimental, visual, non-narrative performances.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Martinez, A. L. (2021). Teatro Línea de Sombra durante la pandemia: Entrevista con Alicia Laguna y Jorge A. Vargas. Latin American Theatre Review (Vol. 55, p. 169¬ – 178). Lawrence, Kansas, United States: Center of Latin American Studies, University of Kansas. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1353/ltr.2021.0022
  • Martinez, A. L. (2020). Performance in the Zócalo: Constructing History, Race, and Identity in Mexico’s Central Square from the Colonial Era to the Present. Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States: University of Michigan Press. Retrieved from https://www.press.umich.edu/10160893/performance_in_the_zocalo/?s=description
  • Martinez, A. L. (2013). Distrito Federal: “Global City, Ha, Ha, Ha!” In Performance and the Global City (pp. 183–201). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave.
  • Martinez, A. L. (2011). Scenographies behind the Scenes: Mapping, Classifying, and Interpreting John Rich’s 1744 Inventory of Covent Garden. In The Stage’s Glory: John Rich (1642–1761) (pp. 225–237). Newar, DE, United States: University of Delaware Press.
  • Martinez, A. L. (2009). Urban Scenographies: The Revolt of the Mannequins Visits Berlin. Western European Stages (Vol. 21, pp. 5–8). New York City, United States: Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. Retrieved from https://europeanstages.org/

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Mentor of the Year, Texas Association for Chicanos in Higher Education. 2021 - 2022
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly / Creative Activities, Texas State University. 2021 - 2022
  • Award / Honor Nominee: George Freedley Memorial Award, Theatre Library Association. September 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Teaching Award of Excellence (in recognition of service during pandemic), Texas State Alumni Association. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Graduate Student Award, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. 2008

Selected Grants

  • Martinez, Ana Luisa. University Lecturers Series Award, Texas State University, Texas State University, $2000. (Funded: August 2022 - May 2023). Grant.
  • Martinez, Ana Luisa. Research Enhancement Program, REP, Texas State University, $8000. (Funded: May 2022 - May 2023). Grant.
  • Martinez, Ana Luisa. New Faculty Startup Fund Request, University Libraries, Texas State University, $1000. (Submitted: 2021). Grant.
  • Martinez, Ana Luisa. Library Research Grant, $700. (Submitted: 2020, Funded: 2020). Grant.
  • Martinez, Ana Luisa. Scholarship and Teaching Excellence Program, Texas State University, $600. (Funded: June 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Undergraduate Advisor
Advocates for Neurodivergence at Texas State (A.N.T.S)
May 2022-Present
Graduate Advisor
Department of Theatre and Dance
January 2022-Present
Diversity Scholars Network, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan
January 2020-Present
Texas Association for Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE)
Conference Planning Committee
Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE), Planning Committee, 2021 and 2022 Conference
September 2020-2022