Brian E. Herrera
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Brian E. Herrera
Assistant Professor of Theater, Lewis Center for the Arts
Brian Herrera headshot

Brian's work, both academic and creative, examines the history of gender, sexuality and race within and through U.S. popular performance. Author of The Latina/o Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening: A Narrative Report (HowlRound, 2015), Brian has also published essays in an array of scholarly journals and, with Stephanie Batiste (UC-Santa Barbara) and Robin Bernstein (Harvard), he co-edits the  "Performance and American Cultures" series at NYU Press. Also a performer, Brian’s autobiographical storywork shows (which include I Was the Voice of Democracy, Boy Like That and Touch Tones) have been presented around the country and abroad. Brian’s first book, Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (University of Michigan Press) was recognized with the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and as runner up for the American Theatre and Drama Society’s John W. Frick Award. He is at work on two new book projects: Starring Miss Virginia Calhoun, a narrative portrait of a deservedly obscure early 20th century actress/writer/producer, and Casting - A History, a historical study of the material practices of casting in US popular performance. He holds degrees from Brown University, the University of New Mexico and Yale University.

Fall 2015

Playing Against Type
Queer Boyhoods

Biography

Brian's work, both academic and creative, examines the history of gender, sexuality and race within and through U.S. popular performance. Author of The Latina/o Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening: A Narrative Report (HowlRound, 2015), Brian has also published essays in an array of scholarly journals and, with Stephanie Batiste (UC-Santa Barbara) and Robin Bernstein (Harvard), he co-edits the  "Performance and American Cultures" series at NYU Press. Also a performer, Brian’s autobiographical storywork shows (which include I Was the Voice of Democracy, Boy Like That and Touch Tones) have been presented around the country and abroad. Brian’s first book, Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (University of Michigan Press) was recognized with the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and as runner up for the American Theatre and Drama Society’s John W. Frick Award. He is at work on two new book projects: Starring Miss Virginia Calhoun, a narrative portrait of a deservedly obscure early 20th century actress/writer/producer, and Casting - A History, a historical study of the material practices of casting in US popular performance. He holds degrees from Brown University, the University of New Mexico and Yale University.

Selected Publications

Courses

Fall 2015

Playing Against Type
Queer Boyhoods