Bridge to the Faculty Research Scholar
Dr. Xiomara Cornejo (she/her/ella) is a Salvadoran-American theatre director/designer/dramaturg/playwright, and arts activist from Compton, California. Her professional work includes theatre directing, after-school arts programming, applied theatre, and community arts organizing. Xiomara received a BA in Theater Directing/Performance from California State University Long Beach, and an MA in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California, where she investigated the integration of community arts within NGOs in Guatemala and El Salvador. Xiomara apprenticed with the legendary Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont; and she was a member of the Occupy Movement Arts Committee in Long Beach, CA., where she utilized Theatre of the Oppressed, puppet making, and relationship-based community organizing as a vehicle for social change.
In 2018, Xiomara was the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) National 1st Place Winner for her Dramaturgy on Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3. In 2017, Xiomara was the KCACTF National 1st Place Winner – Allied Crafts and Design for her Projection Design of Good Kids. Xiomara recently directed Marisol by José Rivera in the Rhynsburger Theatre as a live stage performance and film. And, her current research project, "Performing Resurrection: Upholding the Spirit and Legacy of El Salvador's Saint. Oscar A. Romero through Radical Puppet Theatre," was funded by the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship in 2020 and the John D. Bies International Travel Award in 2019. Her scholarship centers on protest and radical street theatre history of the Americas, Latinx theatre, political puppetry, performance ethnography, dramaturgy, and projection design. Xiomara received her doctorate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia in May 2021. We look forward to being inspired by Xiomara as a B2F Research Scholar.