I combine my academic background in performing arts and Spanish literature to promote dialogue and understanding inside and outside the classroom.
I firmly believe in the potential of art and the humanities to enable transformative social change. This belief intertwines my work as a theatre practitioner and as a language and literature teacher -two roles that allow me to foster critical and creative thinking, tolerance and self-empowerment.
During the past six years living in the USA I have used theater and literature as educational tools, not only to create innovative learning materials for my college students but also to raise public awareness about the marginal voices of Latino immigrants. My contribution to the promotion of teaching excellence and the development of community-based projects has been recognized with several awards.
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Graduate Part-Time Instructor
August 2014 - May 2019 (Boulder)
I have worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of Colorado Boulder for 5 years. In this role, I have taught basic, intermediate and advanced Spanish classes (all 5-credit language courses) as well as content courses on Spanish literature in translation. My work as a teacher has been recognized campus-wide with the "2018-2019 Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award" granted by the Graduate School and the "2018-2019 Graduate Teaching Excellence Award" granted by the United Government of Graduate Students. For more information about my teaching experience click here.
Graduate Student Lead
May 2017 - May 2019 (Boulder)
While completing my graduate program at CU Boulder I also worked as a Graduate Student Lead, which is a campus-wide responsibility for assisting and training other graduate students to teach their classes effectively. As GTP Lead I also served as a liaison between the Graduate Teacher Program and the Spanish and Portuguese Department, where I gave discipline-specific workshops on teaching and professional development. My contributions as GTP lead has been recognized with the "Best Should Teach Silver Award" on 2017 and 2018.
Engaged Graduate Student
Spring 2018 - Fall 2019 (Boulder)
I was selected by the Office for Outreach and Engagement at CU Boulder to be part of a small graduate student cohort in charge of developing community-engaged projects. My participation in this cohort allowed me to attend the Downtown Colorado Inc. conference and the annual Colorado Creative Industries Summit and to network with leaders and artists from all over Colorado. I was also trained to facilitate dialogue on difficult and controversial topics and to apply the tools of my discipline to serve the local communities. My initiative was funded thanks to the "2018-2019 Engaged Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Scholars Award." More information about my community-based project here. You can also read an interview about my views on community-engaged practice.
Applied Theater Practitioner
April 2015 - December 2017 (Boulder)
I collaborated in a community project by Motus Theater called SALSA Lotería and served first as a Spanish interpreter/translator and assistant dramaturg and later as acting coach and assistant director. Motus is a community theater that encourages discussions on immigration issues by bringing silenced stories and marginalized voices to the stage. Our aim with SALSA Lotería was to raise awareness about the struggle of Latina immigrants in the US, while also supporting the performers in their process of reflecting about traumatic experiences and trying to find real solutions to their migratory status. My contribution to this project was recognized in 2017 with the "Motus Theater Artistic Leadership Award."
2015 - 2019 (Boulder)
From April 2015 to July 2015 I assisted theater director Kirsten Wilson with the translation (both, from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English) and edition of the monologues performed in SALSA Lotería, a bilingual theater production by Motus Theater.
From November 2016 to August 2019 I collaborated annually with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and its educational program "Shakespeare & Violence Prevention Tour." My task was to translate into Spanish selected passages from Shakespeare's works. So far, I have translated pieces of Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet.
Creation of Spanish Video-Trainings
Summers 2012 and 2013 (Berlin)
The German company Lingua TV, hired me to develop a storyline for an online language course in Spanish and to be the protagonist of the story. During this project, I selected and adapted grammar and vocabulary content for each episode, I wrote all the scripts and acted as the main character in the first season of the Spanish course. You can look at the first episode here.
Master in Spanish, University of Colorado Boulder
My scholarly work was focused on the representation of pain, disability, illness and gender in contemporary Latin American literature. I was especially drawn to experimental literature: textual artifacts that escaped generic classification and that were better understood when analyzed through the field of performance studies. The quality of my investigation made me worthy of the "2019-2020 Florence Husted Lowe and F. Rex Lowe Dissertation Fellowship" which allowed me to dedicate an entire year to dive deep into my research.
Master in Spanish and Latin American Literature, University of Salamanca
My Master's Thesis, titled La palestra como escena: Una propuesta de análisis teatral para los cuentos de Andrés Neuman, explored the theatrical qualities of the short story and its full expression in Andrés Neuman´s work.
BFA in Theater, RESAD (Madrid)
It is the oldest theatre school in Spain and one of the most prestigious in Europe. I received a degree in Acting. Among the course topics were: Acrobatics, Voice, Fencing, Dramatic Literature, History of Theatre, Make-Up, Mask Work, Acting, and many others.