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Multicultural Faculty

DePaul University is dedicated to "teaching, research, and public service" and The Theatre School seeks to pair excellence in conservatory training with varied teaching modalities and diverse content. As such, The Theatre School Multicultural Faculty position aims to develop classes that broaden the scope of our curriculum for both Theatre School and DePaul students. This position was founded in the spring of 2000, and The Theatre School has welcomed 11 artists and educators to this position since then. 

Some prior Multicultural faculty include:

Isaac Gomez – Isaac is a Chicago-based playwright, dramaturg and educator, originally from El Paso, Texas / Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.  
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Isaac Gomez
He is a recipient of the Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award at Primary Stages, and the co-creative director at the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists in Chicago where he runs and is a participant of El Semillero: ALTA Chicago's Latino Playwrights Circle.  He is also a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an artistic associate with Victory Gardens Theater, and an ensemble member with Teatro Vista. 

Laura Biagi, PhD – Dr. Laura Biagi is a performance artist, educator, and yoga teacher  working in the fields of performance studies, contemplative pedagogy, and inclusive leadership. Dr. Biagi taught performance studies, solo performance, theories of directing, yoga philosophy and practice, and storytelling at Cook County Jail (CCDOC). Laura is Faculty and Director of The Theatre School's new Summer High School Program

Sharon Bridgforth -  Sharon is an Artist in Residence at Thousand Currents.  She is a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist. A New Dramatists alumnae, Sharon collaborates with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as she composes moving soundscapes of her ritual/jazz texts. Sharon's new work, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady premiered in 2018.

Carlos Murillo – Carlos Murillo is a Chicago-based, internationally produced and award winning playwright of Colombian and Puerto Rican descent. He is a recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award for his work in the theatre.  He also received a 2016 Mellon Foundation Playwright Residency at Adventure Stage in Chicago. Carlos Murillo is the Head of Playwriting at Theatre School at DePaul University.

Coya Paz, PhD – Dr. Coya Paz is the Artistic Director of Free Street Theater, a co-founder of the Proyecto Latina collective, and served as the founding co-Artistic Director of Teatro Luna for nine years. Coya is the Associate Dean of Curricular Development and Chair of Theatre Studies at The Theatre School at DePaul University and holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.

Ntozake Shange – Ntozake Shange was a Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominated American playwright best known for the Obie Award-winning play for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.

For further information contact Dexter Zollicoffer, The Theatre School Diversity Advisor, or DePaul University's Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity for additional institutional questions.