Carmelita Tropicana, Invited Artist Faculty (2008–09)
Cuban-born writer/performance artist Carmelita Tropicana received an Obie award in 1999 for “Sustained Excellence” and was named “One of the Most Notable Women of 1998” by El Diario newspaper. She and director Ela Troyano won Best Short at the 1994 Berlin Film Festival for Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst is Your Waffen. Her collaboration with Marga Gomez, Single Wet Female, earned a 2002 GLAAD Media Award nomination. In 2000, Beacon Press published a comprehensive collection of her plays and scripts I, Carmelita Tropicana — Performing Between Cultures, a Lambda Award nominee. INTAR Theatre produced the solo With What Ass Does a Cockroach Sit? in 2004. Her work has been presented at venues including the ICA in London, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea in Barcelona, Thalia Theater in Hamburg, PS 122 in New York, Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and Brava Theater in San Francisco.