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Coya Paz Brownrigg

  • Associate Dean of Curricular Development; Chair of Theatre Studies
  • PhD Performance Studies, Northwestern University​​​​​​​
  • Theatre Studies; Administration
  • 773-325-7945

Coya served as the Visiting Multicultural Faculty at The Theatre School during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 academic years. She is a poet and director, and is co-founder of Proyecto Latina and the director in residence for the Poetry Performance Incubator at the Guild Complex. She cofounded Teatro Luna in 2000 and served as co-Artistic Director until 2009. Recent projects include: Nation of Cowards, a multi-sited performance piece about interracial dialogue; Tour Guides; and Machos, which won the 2008 Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Best New Work and Outstanding Ensemble. She is at work on a new play called The Americans, based on interviews with people in 10 states across the U.S. Coya holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern and is a regular commentator on race, media and pop culture for (89.5) and has published several articles on Latina performance, Latina/o identities and public violence. Coya's artistic work has been profiled in The New York Times, American Theatre Magazine, Theater Journal and the Chicago Tribune, among others. She has been a featured reader at dozens of poetry events, including Proyecto Latina, Paper Machete, Palabra Pura and Revolving Door. Coya was named one of UR Magazine's 30 Under 30, a GO-NYC Magazine 100 Women We Love, and received a Trailblazer Award for her service to LGBTQ communities. Most recently, she has been awarded 3Arts Residency at Ragdale. Above all, she believes in the power of performance and poetry to build community towards social change.​