Jimmy A Noriega

Jimmy A Noriega

Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: Theatre & Dance, Latin American Studies
Phone: 330-263-2305
Office Address: 117 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 Methods
  • Acting for the Stage
  • 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)
  • 2011 Distinguished Leadership Award (Cornell University)
  • 2009 Recognition of Achievement in Teaching Award (Cornell University)
  • 2008 Gertrude Spencer Portfolio Award (John S. Knight Institute Teaching Award)
  • 2008 Tompkins County 40 under 40 Award
  • 2007 Gertrude Spencer Portfolio Award (John S. Knight Institute Teaching Award)

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (elected Conference Planner for the Latina/o Focus Group 2013-2015)
  • American Society for Theatre Research
  • Latin American Studies Association


Jimmy has directed over 30 productions in English and Spanish, including invited performances at theatres and festivals in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Israel, and Romania. In the U.S., he has directed plays in Joplin, MO; Lawrence, KS; Ithaca, NY; and at the historic Pregones Theater in New York City. Directing credits at Wooster include: Las Meninas and Life is a Dream.

In 2012, he spent five weeks in Peru with students and directed them in a devised piece called Encuentro: Peru!!, which was presented at four different theatres in Lima. The show was also invited as an official U.S. delegation to the UNESCO/ITI World Festival of Theatre Schools, which was held in Romania. In 2014, he will direct Women of Ciudad Juárez on a tour to several universities across the U.S.


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.