Luisa joined Antioch’s Cooperative Education faculty in 2015, and has a background in performance, women’s and gender studies, international education, and community engagement through the arts. Luisa has designed new co-op coursework engaging art as social practice, community action research, and place-based learning. Her primary focus areas within co-op include the arts and therapeutic practices as well as opportunities in Latin America. In Argentina, Luisa has developed co-op partnerships with organizations engaged in community action and social change, including: Mujeres de Artes Tomar, a feminist performance activist troupe; Fundación Hampatu, engaged in arts, sustainability and skills-based classes; and Club de Reparadores, a “repair club” that recycles and repairs items for reuse.
Luisa’s work as a writer, director and performer explores intersections of human rights, feminist thought, counter-memory, migration, ritual, and place-making. As an Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow with Creative Alliance, Luisa developed an award-winning community arts program in southeast Baltimore. A member of Sol Rising healing arts troupe, Luisa was a founding member of Baltimore’s Theater Action Group and trained at The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory with Agosto and Julian Boal, among others. As a teaching artist, Luisa aspires towards embodied, experiential and liberatory pedagogies and practices.
- M.A., Comparative Women’s Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
- B.A., Latin American Literature, Theater, Smith College