people_laneJill Lane

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, where she teaches courses on performance in the Americas, in relation to the histories of colonialism, neocolonialism, and globalization. Her book, Blackface Cuba, 1840-1898 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) examines racial impersonation, national desire, and anticolonial sentiment in Cuba. She is presently editing an anthology on Latin American performance with Routledge, and is co-editor with Peggy Phelan of The Ends of Performance (New York University Press, 1998).

Paolo Vignolo 

Associate Professor at the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá. His work focuses on the exploration of inverted worlds (antipodes, carnivals, revolutions) from the Middle Ages to the present. After earning a degree in Economic and Social Disciplines, he devoted himself to social work and theatrical activities, working with the Taller de la Imagen Dramática directed by Enrique Vargas (now known as Teatro de los Sentidos), the Adra Danza company directed by Marta Ruiz, and the group Residui Teatro de Roma, of which he is a co-founder. In 2003 he defended his soon-to-be-published doctoral thesis, titled "Europa al revés: las antípodas en el imaginario del Renacimiento" [Europe in Reverse: The Antipodes in the Renaissance Imaginary] at the Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the author of a number of academic texts, essays, and performances and collaborates with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.