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Mariachi Girl by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Dallas Children's Theatre (2014)

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Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is a scholar, artist and pedagogue. She is associate professor and teaches theatre education, UTeach Theatre program, in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin and an affiliate of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Center for Women and Gender Studies. She is a Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project. Schroeder-Arce's research interests include culturally responsive theatre education and Latino/a theatre for and with youth. She has published articles in journals such as Youth Theatre Journal, International Journal for Education and the Arts, Theatre Topics and Gestos.

Schroeder-Arce's bilingual plays Senora Tortuga, Legend of the Poinsettia, Sangre de un Angeland Mariachi Girl are published by Dramatic Publishing and have been produced by various theaters and schools throughout the United States. Schroeder-Arce also taught high school in Texas for several years and served as artistic director of Teatro Humanidad in Austin. In addition to her playwriting, she is also a director and performer.

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Areas of Expertise

Culturally Responsive Theatre Education, Latino/a Theatre for Young Audiences

Recent Publications

  • "Culturally Responsive Arts Education Practice: Teaching and Learning through Indigenous Arts" Trends.
    Accepted, under final revision. Peer reviewed. Expected August 2016.
  • "Zoot Suit: Latino/a Youth Inclusion and Exclusion on Texas Stages."
    Youth Theatre Journal. Peer reviewed. 30.1:35-49, 2016.
  • Chapter: "The Americas Award on Stage: A Call for More Latino TYA".
    The Americas Award: Una Celebracion de la Latinoamericano Literatura Juvenil.
    Laretta Henderson Ph.D. and Julie Kline, M.A., Ed. Lexington Books.
    Peer reviewed.
  • "Seeking Culturally Responsive Pedagogical Practice: Teaching Across Identity Markers in the University Setting."
    Theatre Topics 25.3: 209-221, October 2015. Peer reviewed.
  • Chapter: "Holding Another's Story: Devising with Diverse Groups of Young People."
    Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre Arts: A Critical Reader.
    Mary Elizabeth anderson and Doug Risner, Ed.
    Cambria Press, 2014. Peer reviewed.
  • Chapter: Stories of My life, A Teaching Artist Reflects on Cultural Consciousness."
    The Reflective Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field.
    Kathryn Dawson and Daniel A. Kelin II, Ed.
    Intellect Books 2014. Peer reviewed.

Recent Works

  • Mariachi Girl (bilingual, for child and family audiences)
    Music and Lyrics by Hector Martinez Morales
  • Sangre de un Angel (bilingual, for adolescent and family audiences)
  • Senora Tortuga (bilingual, for child and family audiences, commissioned)

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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