Chicano & Latino Studies

taking the stage

By Zachary Jaramillo

BFA alumna Katie Klieger had the rare opportunity of performing on all three of the Guthrie stages for the productions she was cast in as a senior: Juno and the PaycockBlue Stockings, and A Christmas Carol. After graduation Katie moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting but returned to Rarig Center one last time to perform in the production “Lungs” in partnership with the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Dancing memories

By Zachary Jaramillo

Professor Ananya Chatterjea’s latest work, Roktim: Nurture Incarnadine, was profoundly inspired by the research conducted by both the dancers of the company and Chatterjea herself. Roktim: Nurture Incarnadine created a narrative focused on female labor in the agricultural sector of global societies and how it influences the food system. With a specialized focus on women of color, Chatterjea choreographed a production that not only sought to educate people on the practices of female migrant labor, but more importantly, sought to honor the women who invested their love, labor, and lives into the cultivation of the land for the utilitarian sake of sustaining a community of people.

from the classroom to the stage

By Zachary Jaramillo

In order to refine their developing theatrical skills, the BA students within the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance participate in two “Creative Collaboration” projects each semester to present to the greater University of Minnesota community. These Creative Collaborations are considered “devised productions” in which the students work together with a department faculty member to create an entirely original production based on source material that they are provided with, such as a book or an article. The final product of the Creative Collaboration is a show ready to perform, complete with scenes, a script, and a narrative based on the students’ original interpretation of the source material.