Jimmy A Noriega

Jimmy A Noriega

Associate Professor - Department Chair

Department/Affiliation: Theatre & Dance, Latin American Studies
Phone: 330-263-2305
Office Address: 118 Wishart Hall


  • B.A. Missouri Southern State University, 2005
  • M.A. Cornell University, 2009
  • Ph.D. Cornell University, 2011

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals for the Performer
  • Latina/o Drama and Performance
  • Latin American Theatre and Performance
  • Theatre as Social Change
  • Acting for the Stage/Acting Methods
  • Directing


  • 2014 ATHE Prize for Teaching Innovation (awarded by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival)
  • 2013 Elliot Hayes Award for Outstanding Dramaturgy in North America (awarded by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas)
  • 2015 Collaborative Research Award (awarded by the American Society for Theatre Research)
  • 2015 The Michael Lynch Service Award Honorable Mention for Activism and Mentorship (awarded by the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Languages Association)
  • 2015 Award from the Kennedy Center and American College Theatre Festival for “Making Theatre a Catalyst for Sociopolitical Change in Women of Ciudad Juárez


  • “Teatro Travieso and creación colectiva: Devising Intercultural Performance in Lima, Peru.” Theatre Topics, vol. 26, no. 2, 207-219.
  • “Death on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Performance, Immigration Politics, and José Casas’s 14.” Lateral:
    Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Edited by Janelle Reinelt. (forthcoming fall 2016)
  • “Expanding the American and Latina/o Theatre History Canons: The Case of Josefina Niggli.” Latin
    American Theatre Review. (forthcoming fall 2016).
  • Performance review of La vida es sueño by Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes. Theatre Journal, vol. 67, no. 3,
    October 2015, 540-541.
  • Review of Performance, Identity, and Immigration Law: A Theatre of Undocumentedness by Gad Guterman. Modern Drama, vol. 59, no. 2, Summer 2016.
  • “Staging Latina/o Classrooms and Culture: Dangerous Dramaturgy and DNA at the U.S.-Mexico Border.”
    Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy, vol. 23, no. 2 (Spring 2014): 8-9.
  • Review of Exercises for Rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy by Guillermo Gomez-Peña and
    Roberto Sifuentes, Theatre Topics, vol. 22, no. 2, September 2012, 197-198.
  • Review of Engaging Performance: Theatre as Call and Response by Jan Cohen-Cruz. In Modern Drama, vol. 55, no. 2, Summer 2012, 269-271.
  • “IV Festival UCSUR de Teatro Internacional: Cultural diversity and contemporary theatre.” Latin American
    Theatre Review, vol. 43, no. 2 (Spring 2009), 149-156.

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (elected Focus Group Representative for the Latinx, Indigenous, and the Americas Focus Group 2015-2017)
  • American Society for Theatre Research (elected to the Executive Committee 2014-2017; Conference Program Co-Chair for 2017 conference)
  • Latin American Studies Association (Performance Studies Track Chair 2015 & 2017)


Dr. Noriega has directed over 30 productions in English and Spanish, including invited performances at theatres and festivals in Belgium, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Israel, Romania, Canada, and New York City. Directing credits at Wooster include: Las Meninas, Life is a Dream, Water by the Spoonful and Latins in La-La Land.

He is also the founder and director of Teatro Travieso (Troublemaker Theatre), an indpendent theare company that uses performance to create positive change in the world. The company’s first production, Encuentro: Peru!! was created during a five-week research trip to Peru and was presented at four different locations in Lima. It was also invited as an official US delegation to the UNESCO/ITI World Festival of Theatre, which was held in Romania.The group’s second production, Women of Ciudad Juárez (by Cristina Michaus) is currently in its third year of touring. Since its debut in January 2014, the play has been performed 28 times to over 6,500 people in 17 locations in Canada, Colombia, Belgium, and the United States (including Dartmouth, Yale, Arizona State, the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, and Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis). The company's third production, Joto!: Confessions of a Mexican Outcast, had its debut in April 2016 and will continue to tour. The show explores what it means to be a queer, undocumented Latino living in the United States. It is the first play to explore the intersections of mixed-status (undocumented/citizen) gay relationships in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. See a review of the play.


Jimmy's research and teaching specialties are Latin American, Latina/o, and indigenous theatre and performance, as well as acting, directing, performance studies, and theatre for social change. His field research is situated in the Bolivian, Peruvian, and Ecuadorian Andes; the Mayan regions of Mexico and Guatemala; and the Southwestern United States.