Milla Cozart Riggio is the James J. Goodwin Professor of English, at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut and received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Since 1995, she has focused her research and much of her pedagogy on Trinidad Carnival and the plays of Shakespeare. Among her books are included an edited volume on Teaching Shakespeare through Performance, as well as four books she edited or co-edited on Trinidad Carnival, a special issue of TDR: The Drama Review on Trinidad and Tobago Carnival (1998), Renegades: The History of the BP Renegades (MacMillan Caribbean, 2002), Carnival: Culture in Action – the Trinidad Experience (Routledge Press, 2004), and most recently In Trinidad: The Photographs of Pablo Delano (Randle Press, 2009). She coordinated two world conferences on Carnival, the first in Trinidad at carnival season 1996; the Second World Conference at Trinity College, 1998. She held a cabinet appointment in Trinidad as a member of the committee that organized the World Conference on Carnival III in Port of Spain, 1999 and has served as a frequent consultant for the Trinidad and Tobago National Carnival Commission, as well as teaching at the University of the West Indies, San Augustine, Trinidad.
Paolo Vignolo is 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 recently edited the volume, Ciudadanias en escena, (Universidad Nacional de Bogotá, 2009).
Angela Marino is a Chancellor’s post-doctoral research fellow at the University of California at Berkeley in the department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. She recently received her doctorate from New York University in the department of Spanish under the direction of Diana Taylor. Her research and projects have been supported by the William J. Fulbright Fellowship, University of New Mexico, McCune Charitable Trust, Frost Foundation, and the MacCracken Fellowship at New York University. She received an MA in Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico, was Managing Editor of the journal Latino Studies, and has published in Estreno, Latin American Theatre Review, and e-misférica, the journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Enrique Lamadrid (Ph.D. University of Southern California) is a Professor of Spanish and former director of Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies. His teaching and research interests include Southwest Hispanic and Latin American folklore and folk music, Chicano literature, and literary recovery projects. He has done fieldwork with students all over New Mexico, as well as in Mexico, Spain, Colombia, and Ecuador. He is active in international education and is co-founder and director of UNM's CONEXIONES Program. Professor Lamadrid has served as a field worker and presenter for the Smithsonian Institution's Festivals of American Folk Life, and has done extensive work for the Museum of New Mexico and National Hispanic Cultural Center. As an academic curator, he has worked with numerous exhibits with his students and headed the design team for the Camino Real International Heritage Center.
Rachel Bowditch, Ph.D. is a performance studies scholar, theatre director and an assistant professor in the School of Theatre and Film at Arizona State University. She has presented her scholarship national and international conferences including Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, Performance Studies International and the American Society for Theatre Research. Her work has been published in Puppetry International "Dancing With Fire: The Ultimate Effigy" and the Journal of Religion and Theatre "Temple of Tears: Revitalizing and Inventing Ritual in the Burning Man Community in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada." Her book On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man is forthcoming (December 2009) as part of the Enactments Series (Seagull Press/University of Chicago Press).
Amiel Cayo is an artist, actor and theater director. During the last twenty years he has worked and researched in making masks art for both festivals and theater. Born in Puno, as child lived surrounded by cultural dances and manifestations. At the age of fourteen, he began his career as an artist by integrating the Grupo Quaternario formed by contemporary artists of Puno. He studied drawing and painting at the Escuela Superior de Formación Artística (ESFA-Puno), and then entered the theater world by founded and directed the Yatiri group, which is currently the Theatre Research and Production Center of Puno. Since 1990 is also a member of the Yuyachkani group. Today, he is based in Lima where he developed his art and provides services to public and state institutions engaged in cultural activities within Peru.
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui is a Bolivian sociologist and activist of Aymara descent. She is a sociologist and activist with ties to the Katarista indigenous movement and the coca growers' movement. In 1983 she joined other indigenous and mestizo intellectuals in founding the Andean Oral History Workshop, an independent group devoted to issues of orality, identity, and popular and indigenous social movements, primarily in the Aymara region. She is the author of several books and has produced videos as well as documentary and fiction films. For more than two decades she has been a professor of Sociology at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés de La Paz. She has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York, the University of Texas at Austin, La Rábida (Huelva), Jujuy, and the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito. In 1990 she was a recipient of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 1993 she was named Professor Emeritus at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés.
Verónica Andrea Vitullo. Image and Sound Designer, Specialist in Theory of Communication Design, and Magister in Communication Design. She currently works in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at Buenos Aires University (UBA) as a researcher at the Heuristic Center and the Common Basic Cycle. Areas of Research Interest: Interaction of the gaze and the object of thought, Objectification process, Audiovisual morphologies, and apparent surfaces of reality and representation.
Laura Sánchez García is a Historian from National University of Colombia (Bogota) and a documentary maker. He has been member of the research group "Cultural Practices, and Representations Imaginary" at National University of Colombia (CES), Universidad Javeriana and Universidad de los Andes. Co-director of the documentary “Una cita con el diablo (An date with the devil)” of the Riosucio's Carnival (Colombia) 2009 co-produced with Unimedios TV. This documentary is part of the research project “Fiesta, Migración y Conflicto en la Historia de Riosucio, Caldas (Fiesta, Migration and Conflict in the History of Riosucio, Caldas)” directed by Paolo Vignolo. She currently works as a researcher and director of documentaries for Help 2 Oceans Foundation.
Estefanía González Vélez is a Artist and Historian (National University of Colombia, Bogotá) and MA in Political Science (University of the Andes). She is currently completing a PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences in the line of Cultural Agents (National University of Colombia, Bogotá). Her professional work is focused on social research and work with communities, as well as contemporary history of Colombia. She is particularly interested in internal conflict in Magdalena Medio, and political and cultural processes for social transformation and citizen's participation. She has published the articles “Cuando el flaco orine me avisa! El cartel de la gasolina en el Magdalena Medio” (Let me know when the skinny pees! Magdalena Medio's gasoline cartel)” in Power for What? (Bogotá: Intermediate Publishers, 2007 pp. 177-223), and “Raspando Corridos (Scrapping Corridos)” in Citizenship in The Scene. Performance and Cultural Rights in Colombia. (Paolo Vignolo ed. Bogotá: Colección Manuel Ancízar Chair. Editorial Universidad Nacional, 2009). She has published two books with Orián Jiménez: “Las Guerras del Magdalena Medio (The Wars of Middle Magdalena)” (Bogotá: Intermediate Publishers, 2008) and “Asesinos en tregua. Los rostros de la guerra en Colombia (Murderers in truce. The faces of Colombian war)” (Bogotá: Intermediate Publishers, 2009). Additionally, she has been a social researcher and art and culture project manager for youth communities in different regions of the country, as well as cultural policies consultant. She has worked on the design and implementation of regional projects with communities, and was a consultant in Intangible Heritage Group and an advisor to the Cultural Entrepreneurship Group at the Ministry of Culture, where she coordinated the program LASO (Culture and Entrepreneurship Social Laboratories). She is currently a consultant in cultural projects and advisor in the Cultural Entrepreneurship Group at the Ministry of Culture.