Diana Taylor
Diana Taylor is Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU. She is the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America (1991), which won the Best Book Award given by New England Council on Latin American Studies and Honorable Mention in the Joe E. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama, of Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's 'Dirty War', Duke U.P., 1997, and The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Duke U.P., 2003) which won the ATHE Research Award in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy and the Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for the best book in Latin American and Spanish Literatures and Culture (2004). She is editor of Stages of Conflict: A Reader in Latin American Theatre and Performance (forthcoming Michigan U. P.) and co-editor of Holy Terrors: Latin American Women Perform (Duke U.P.,2004), Defiant Acts/Actos Desafiantes: Four Plays by Diana Raznovich, Bucknell U. P., 2002, Negotiating Performance in Latin/o America: Gender, Sexuality and Theatricality, Duke U.P., 1994, and The Politics of Motherhood: Activists from Left to Right, University Press of New England, 1997. She has edited five volumes of critical essays on Latin American, Latino, and Spanish playwrights. Her articles on Latin American and Latino performance have appeared in The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, Performing Arts Journal, Latin American Theatre Review, Estreno, Gestos, Signs, MLQ and other scholarly journals. She has also been invited to participate in discussions on the role of new technologies in the arts and humanities in important conferences and commissions in the Americas (i.e. ACLS Commission on Cyberinfrastructure). Diana Taylor is founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, funded by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations.


Diamela Eltit
Chilean author, performer and professor, Diamela Eltit (b.1949) spans the period of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990) and redemocratisation (1990-) in Chile. Author of six novels and numerous essays and critical studies, she is perhaps best known for her avant-garde experimentalism in performance, and interdisciplinary projects as well as her novels (six to date) and the sociological study, El padre mío (My Father), in which she transcribes the oral discourse of a male tramp. Her first novel, Lumpérica, was published in 1983 and her latest novel, Los trabajadores de la muerte (The Workers of Death), in 1998. Eltit has also collaborated with the Chilean photographer, Paz Errázuriz, on the book El infarto del alma (Soul Attack), published in 1994. In this book, Eltit’s text accompanies photographs of the residents of a psychiatric hospital in rural Chile, always photographed in pairs, and focusing on the loving relationships developed among them. Eltit is a Professor of Spanish American literature in Chile and was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1985. In 1990, she was made the Chilean cultural attaché to Mexico by the incoming transition government of Patricio Aylwin, a post she occupied for almost four years. In the last decade especially, Eltit’s work has attracted much attention from critics in Latin America, the United States and Europe, and three of her novels have been translated into English.

Raúl Zurita
Raúl Zurita was born in Santiago de Chile in 1951, where he spent his childhood and school years. In 1967 he began his studies of Civil Engineering at the Universidad Frederico Santa Maria in Valparaiso as well as Mathematics at the School of Technical Engineering in Santiago. When on 11 September 1973 Chile’s socialist’s government was overthrown by a military coup, Raúl at the age of 22 was arrested and detained with almost one thousand others in the hold of a ship. He survived and spent four years earning his living as a computer salesman during a period of financial hardship. The first of his poems to be published appeared in 1975 in “Manuscritos”, the Philosophy Faculty’s publication. Four years later “Purgatorio” was published, the first part of a poetic trilogy which Zurita would not conclude for another fourteen years. No longer wanting to witness the pain surrounding him, he attempted to burn his eyes with ammonium acid but fortunately failed. In 1982 the second part of Zurita’s poetic trilogy entitled Anteparaiso was published. Completion of this book went hand in hand with the project to have 15 verses of the poem written by five airplanes in eight-kilometer high letters across the sky over New York. In 1989, Zurita was awarded the Pablo Neruda Prize for his lifetime poetical achievements. During the Expo ’92 in Sevilla his works were chosen to represent Chilean poetry.

Marcial Godoy-Anativia
Marcial Godoy-Anativia is currently the associate director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU. Prior to this position, he coordinated the SSRC Mellon Mays Fellowship Program. He is a doctoral candidate in sociocultural anthropology at Columbia University working on a dissertation entitled “Spatiotemporalities of the PostDictatorship: Power, Memory and the Neoliberalization of Social Life in a Chilean Barrio." He coordinates the Cultural Agency in the Americas Project as well as a project on Indigenous Households and Social Problems in the Andes. He is also participating in the development of new initiatives in the field of migration studies. Mr. Godoy-Anativia is a former associate editor of NACLA Report on the Americas.