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Pedagogy, Performance & Community-Building

Guillermo Gómez-Peña & Violeta Luna

Guillermo Gómez Peña Bio | Violeta Luna Bio | Videos (of their performance)

photo: Julio Pantoja

Guillermo Gómez-Peña

photo: Julio Pantoja


Performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña resides in San Francisco where he is artistic director of Pocha Nostra. Born in 1955 and raised in Mexico City, he came to the US in 1978. His pioneering work in performance, video, radio, installation, poetry, journalism, and cultural theory, explores cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, "extreme culture" and new technologies. A MacArthur fellow and American Book Award recipient, he is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, a writer for newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Mexico , and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT). He is currently in the process of producing an artist-made DVD featuring performance and video art of his own work and the work of over 30 of his international collaborators. Designed for screenings, video installations, intelligent TV and as a pedagogic tool.


Violeta Luna

photo: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio


Perforamance artist and actress Violeta Luna has collaborated with La Pocha Nostra and Guillermo Gómez-Peña since 1998. Luna has participated with distinguished theatre directos in different events in Mexico and in the United States. Her work explores the relationship between theatre and performance. Born in Mexico City, Luna studied at El Centro Universitario de Teatro, UNAM and La Casa del Teatro.

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Performance, "El Shame-man meets El Mexican't y La nieta apócrifa de Frida Cola y Freddy Krugger in Brazil":
Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3 | Video 4