Theater Professor a 2015 Latina of Influence

Tiffany Ana López is one of 30 Latinas honored by "Hispanic Lifestyle"

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Theater professor Tiffany Ana López has been named a 2015 Latina of Influence.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — UC Riverside theater professor Tiffany Ana López has been named a 2015 Latina of Influence by “Hispanic Lifestyle,” an independently produced television program that reaches more than 16 million households on PBS and independent TV stations in California, Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas.

López, who holds the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, is one of 30 Latinas honored this year for their contributions in business, community service, entertainment and education. Honorees will be introduced at Hispanic Lifestyle’s 2015 Latinas of Influence conference on April 2 at the Ontario Airport Hotel.

López, who is the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college, joined UCR in 1995 and teaches in the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production. She also is a faculty member in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program, and is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She is a Fulbright Scholar.

Known nationally for her work within Chicana/o and Latina/o arts communities, she has collaborated with theaters such as The Mark Taper Forum, Company of Angels, and Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble. López is a member of the advisory board for the National Latina/o Theater Commons, a founding member of the Latina/o Theater Alliance of Los Angeles, and resident scholar for the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

She also directs the “Segundo Jueves” (“Second Thursday”) staged reading series of Latina/o plays at the Barbara and Art Culver Center for the Arts in Downtown Riverside.

Among her publications, López is editor of the anthology “Growing Up Chicana/o” and Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. She has published numerous essays, articles, chapters, and reviews in books and journals, including Theatre Journal, Aztlan – A Journal of Chicano Studies, Art Journal, Frontiers – A Journal of Feminist Studies, “Paso de Gato Revista Mexicana de Teatro,” “Prose and Cons – Essays on Prison Literature in the United States,” “Ethnic Literary Traditions in American Children’s Literature,” “The Blackwell Companion to Twentieth-Century American Drama,” and “Performing the US Latina and Latino Borderlands.” She is completing a book project, “The Alchemy of Blood,” about art as a form of engaging with issues of trauma and violence, and collaborating on a biography with visual artist Barbara Carrasco.

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