Anita Gonzalez: Research and Creativity

Productions and Interdisciplinary Projects

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Conjuring the Caribbean – websitevideo

Open Online Courses

Black Performance as Social Protest

Storytelling for Social Change

In the Media (Georgetown Only)

Experiment Alumna Draws on Cultural Exchange Experience in New Role at Georgetown. World Learning.

Make Art, Redistribute Wealth. Gibney Dance Journal January 2022.

Black Women Scholars on Identity, Research, and Black Women’s Studies: A Roundtable with Anita Gonzalez and Taifha Alexander. Spark: Elevating Scholarship on Social Issues. The Online Magazine of the National Center for Institutional Diversity.

The Dramatist “What I’m Teaching Now.” Innovation in a Gateway course at Georgetown University.

Mid-Atlantic Arts Welcomes New Board Members and Announces 2021-2022 Officers. Mid Atlantic Arts was established in 1979 to promote and support multi-state arts programming in a region that includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is one of six regional arts organizations in the United States, and works in close partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and its member state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Mid Atlantic Arts distinguishes itself through its work in international cultural exchange, model programs in performing arts touring, its knowledge and presence in the jazz field, and its support of folk and traditional arts.


Authored/Edited Books

Katerina Paramana and Anita Gonzalez, editors. Performance, Dance and Political Economy: Bodies at the End of the World. London: Bloomsbury Press, April 2021.

Thomas F. DeFrantz and Anita Gonzalez, editors. Black Performance Theory: An Anthology of Critical Readings. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.

Gonzalez, Anita. Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010.

Gonzalez, Anita. Jarocho’s Soul: Cultural Identity and Afro-Mexican Dance. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.

Book Contributions

Gonzalez, Anita. “Monsters of Africa and the Loss of Identity,” Monsters in Performance: Essays on the Aesthetics of Disqualification. Edited by Analola Santana and Michael Chemers.  New York: Routledge, 2022, pp. 111-121.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Introduction,” Creating Socially Engaged Art: Can Dance Change the World. Leicester UK: Serendipity, 2021.

Gonzalez, Anita. Quarantine Revolutions,” Being Human During Covid edited by Humanities Collaboratory. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2021.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Surviving Gender Violence: Activating Community Stories for Social Change,” African Performance Arts and Political Acts edited by Naomi Andre with Yolanda Covington and Jendele Hugbo. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, October 2021.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Transatlantic Voyages: Then and NowNarratives in Black British Dance: Embodied Practices, edited by Adesola Akinyele, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 277-284.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Reflections from Distinguished Practitioners,” Black Acting Methods edited by Sharrel D. Luckett and Tia M. Shaffer, New York: Routledge, 2017.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Framing and Naming Black British Dance,” British Dance: Black Routes edited by Christy Adair and Ramsey Burt. London: Routledge, 2016.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Pancho and Minga: Devilish Renegades of Mexico,” Festive Devils edited by Milla Cozart Riggio, Angela Marino Segura, Paolo Vignolo. Foreword by Diana Taylor. London: Seagull Books, 2015.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Negotiating Theatrics: Dialogues of the Working Man,” The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theatre edited by Nadine George. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015

Gonzalez, Anita. “Theater as Cultural Exchange,” Latinas On Stage, edited by Alicia Arrizón and Lillian Manzor.  Berkeley: Third Women, 2000. ISBN# 0943219175.

Journal Articles

Gonzalez, Anita. “Black Theatre History is Still Radical,” Journal of Civil and Human Rights. Spring/Summer 2021, pp. 80-82.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Maritime Migrations: Stewards of the African Grove” Theatre Research International, (Volume 44: Issue 1) March, 2019, pp. 64-70.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Theatre as Cultural Exchange: Stages and Studios of Learning,” Theatre Symposium (Volume 25, 2017), pp. 12-28

Gonzalez, Anita. “Aldridge in Action: Building a Visual Digital Interface,” Theatre Journal (Volume 68, Number 4) December 2016, pp. E 1- E17.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Megaship Economies and Transnational Maritime Performance,” Theatre Research International, 39 (October 2014), pp. 182-197.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Maritime Scenography and the Spectacles of Cruising,” Performance Research International 18.2 On Scenography (May 2013), pp. 27-31.

Gonzalez, Anita: “Diversifying African American Drama,” Theatre Topics, 19:1 (March 2009), pp. 59-66.

Cox, Aimee Meredith, with Tiye Giraud, Anita Gonzalez, Petra Kuppers, and Carrie Sandahl. “Anarcha Anti-Archive,” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 4.2 (2008).

Gonzalez, Anita. “Bush Women,” Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Issue 28, 14:2 (2005), p. 27.

Gonzalez, Anita: “Indigenous Acts: Black and Native Performances in Mexico,” Radical History Review, Issue 103 (Winter 2009), pp. 131-141.xz

Gonzalez, Anita. “Urban Bush Women: Finding Shelter in the Utopian Ensemble.” Modern Drama (47:2), pp. 250-268.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Mambo and the Maya,” Dance Research Journal Vol. 35/2 and 36/1, (Winter 2003 and Spring 2004), pp. 131-145.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Jawole Zollar’s Praise House and the Ecstasy of the Black Church Ritual,” The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Lawrence: University of Kansas (Summer, 2004), pp. 123-135.

Gonzalez, Anita. “A Theater Studies Look at Maya Performance,” Community College Humanities Review 22/1 (Fall 2001), pp. 99-113.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Caught Between Expectations: Producing, Performing, and Writing Black/African, Latino, and American Aesthetics,” The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (Spring 1999), pp. 149-156.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Un lugar Caliente, lleno de polvo y mosquitos,” Tramoya. (Jan. 1994), pp. 130-132.

Public Scholarship

Gonzalez, Anita. “What I’m, Teaching Now.” The Dramatist. January 2022

Gonzalez, Anita. “Michigan”: (A Quarantine Pod for Black Lives) The Dramatist. November 2020

Gonzalez, Anita. “Michigan”: (Ensemble Agreements) The Dramatist. November 2019

Gonzalez, Anita. “Michigan”: (Developing New Work) The Dramatist. March 2019

Gonzalez, Anita. “Michigan,” (Flint Project) The Dramatist. August 14, 2018

Gonzalez, Anita. “Michigan,” (Anishinaabe Theatre Exchange) The Dramatist. December 2, 2018

Gonzalez, Anita. “Are We Building a Wall?”. Learn Speak Act: Liberal Arts in the Moment. April 17, 2017.

Gonzalez, Anita. “Storytelling, Playwriting and Acting,” The Dramatist. November 14, 2017

Gonzalez, Anita. “DG National Report: Michigan,” The Dramatist. June 30, 2017

Gonzalez, Anita. “Edisa Weeks Delirious Dance ActsDancers Turn, June 27, 2013.