Dept. 4297, Ross Hall 106
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Dr. Cecilia Aragon
Department Chair Latina/o Studies, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance & Chicano Studies
Dr. Aragón is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Dr. Aragón is Director of Latina/o Studies Program, and serves as coordinator for Theatre Education and Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UW. She is a Faculty Affiliate in Gender and Women’s Studies.
She received a B.S. in Education from McMurry University, an M.A. in Theatre and Dance from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in Theatre from Arizona State University. As a Theatre educator, director, scholar, and critic, Dr. Aragón has an extensive background in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) and U.S. Latina/o Theatre including significant experience as an actor, director, and producer. As an experienced director, Dr. Aragón has directed TYA plays including Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes, Alicia in Wonder Tierra by Silvia Gonzales S., Bocón by Lisa Loomer, Beauty and the Beast by Warren Graves, Jungalbook by Edward Mast, Wiley and the Hairy Man by Susan Zeder, and newly devised TYA plays, Evo-Cete: The Big Blue Journey, The Prince of Whales: Evolution of Whales in Four Stages, Naked Words Hip-Hop Revolution—A Youth Festival, and Wyoming Ice Age: Survival of the Mammoth by Jaime Cruz. Her scholarly work on TYA includes articles, “Latina/o Theatre for Young Audiences” (ABC-CLIO, 2013); “Social Protest as Social Performance: Examining Oppositional Performances with Latina/o Youth” (Northwest Theatre Review, 2009); “Niños y el teatro: Critical Perspectives of Children in Mexican-American Theatre” (Youth Theatre Journal, 2009); “Crossing Borders: The Coming of Age Experience in Josefina López's Simply Maria and José Cruz González's The Highest Heaven” (Youth Theatre Journal, 2002); “Mestiza Consciousness: An Examination of Two Plays with Chicana Protagonists” (Youth Theatre Journal, 2001); and “Teacher and Student Resource Guide” in Children of the Sun: Monologues and Scenes for Latina/o Youth, by Carlos Morton (Studio City, 2008).
Her directing credits also include Rudolfo Anaya’s plays Billy the Kid, Matachines, Ay, Compadre!, Angie, Farolitos of Chrismas, and The Season of La Llorona. Aragón has published three articles on Anaya’s plays titled, “Billy the Kid/El Bilito” (ABC-CLIO, 2012); “Los Corridos de Billy the Kid-El Querido, 'El Bilito': Contemporary Ballads and Songs About Billy the Kid From New Mexicans—Rudolfo Anaya and Simón Álvarez” (Camino Real—Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas, 2011); and “Politics and Performance: Repression and Resistance in Lee Blessing's Billy the Kid and Rudolfo Anaya's Billy the Kid” (The Western States Theatre Review, 2011). Aragón served as co-editor of the book Rudolfo Anaya: Billy the Kid and Other Plays, (Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Americas Series; University of Oklahoma Press, 2011).
Currently her research explores indigenous performances among North American Native populations, specifically with Pueblo, Hopi, Pima, Apache, Navajo, and Hawaiian tribes. She is working on her book titled, The Emergence of Mexican-American/Chicano Youth Theatre: Performing Childhood in the Borderlands. Aragón serves as the Past-President of the Women and Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She was recently appointed to the National Endowment for the Arts national review board.
Cecilia J. Aragón, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, and Latina/o Studies
Director, Latina/o Studies Program
Faculty Affiliate, Gender and Women's StudiesCoordinator, Theatre Education and Theatre for young audiences (TYA)