Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

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Find out about Roxanne Schroeder-Arce's research interests in culturally responsive theatre education and Latino/a theatre for and with youth.

Associate Professor, Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities Associate Professor, Center for Mexican American Studies

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is associate dean of UTeach Fine Arts (Fine Arts Education), where she works with faculty and students leading teacher certification programs in art, music, dance and theatre. She is also an associate professor of Theatre Education in the Department of Theatre and Dance. As well as an administrator and teacher, Schroeder-Arce is an artist-scholar and arts advocate. Her plays for young audiences, including Mariachi Girl and Señora Tortuga, are published by Dramatic Publishing. Her newest published play, Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet (co-authored with María F. Rocha), was recently recognized with a Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. She has published articles in journals such as Youth Theatre Journal, International Journal of Education & the Arts, Nakum Journal, and Theatre Topics, as well as chapters in books including Latinos and American Popular Culture and Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and Freaks: Outsiders in Chicanx and Latinx Young Adult Literature.

Schroeder-Arce taught high-school theatre in both Laredo and Austin, Texas for a total of six years and served as artistic and education director of Teatro Humanidad in Austin for several years before moving into higher education. She also taught theatre education and directed mainstage and touring productions for young people at Emerson College and California State University, Fresno before joining the faculty at UT Austin. Schroeder-Arce is on the board of directors of Teatro Vivo and the board of elders of the Indigenous Cultures Institute. She is a cadre member of the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts and was on the writing committee for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

Schroeder-Arce earned her bachelor’s degree from Emerson College and her masters of fine arts degree at UT Austin. A proud first-generation college graduate, she also benefited from the Keene State College Upward Bound Program in New Hampshire. Schroeder-Arce grew up in Springfield, Vermont. A few personal notes: Roxanne loves swimming, dancing and playing music with her family.

    What do you enjoy most about being a part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?

    I appreciate the innovative nature of our department and the opportunity to collaborate with bright, creative colleagues and students.

    What is your favorite thing about Austin?

    I appreciate the cultural diversity that is in Austin. I also love Polvos on South 1st!

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    Culturally Responsive Arts Education, Latinx Theatre for Young Audiences

    Recent Publications

    Schroeder-Arce, Roxanne and Genevieve Schroeder-Arce, (monologue in anthology). I Have a Story: Plays from an Extraordinary Year. Woodstock, IL: Dramatic Publishing. 2022.

    Schroeder-Arce, Roxanne and Maria F. Rocha, with music and lyrics by Héctor Martinez Morales. Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet. Woodstock, IL: Dramatic Publishing. 2021.

    Schroeder-Arce, Roxanne. “Shakespeare With, For, and By Latinx Youth: Relevance and Accessibility.” Shakespeare and Latinidad. Trevor Boffone and Carla de la Gata, Eds. Edinburgh University Press. 2021. Peer reviewed.

    Schroeder-Arce, Roxanne. “The Smartest Girl in the World: Normalizing Intellectuals through Representations of Smart Latin@ Youth on Stage.” Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and Freaks: Outsiders in Chicanx and Latinx Young Adult Literature. Cristina Herrera and Trevor Boffone, Eds. University Press of Mississippi. 2020. Peer reviewed.

    Schroeder-Arce, Roxanne. “(Re)tracing la Pastorela: performance, policy, pedagogy and power.” Youth Theatre Journal. 2019.  Peer reviewed.

    Schroeder-Arce, Roxanne. “Beyond acknowledgement of whiteness: Teaching white theatre teachers to examine their racial identity.Youth Theatre Journal Vol. 31, Iss. 2, 2017. Peer reviewed.

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