Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute featured interviews
Title: Interview with Petrona de la Cruz Cruz
Alternate Title: Petrona de la Cruz Cruz
Date: 2011 May 29
Location: Recorded in San José, Costa Rica, on May 29, 2011.
Work Type: Interview.
Petrona de la Cruz Cruz, interviewee ; Diana Taylor, interviewer.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:12:15
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: In this interview, conducted by Diana Taylor, founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Petrona de la Cruz Cruz talks about her beginnings in the fields of acting and writing, as well as her understanding of the role of performing art both in her life and in society. She highlights the adverse circumstances that she had to deal with, because of the fact of being an indigenous woman.Petrona de la Cruz Cruz was born in Zinacantán, Chiapas, México, on September 23, 1965. In 1989, she began participating in theatre productions and writing plays with Sna Jtz’ibajom (The Writer’s House). She has participated in local, national and international conferences. Along with her theatre work, she was awarded the Chiapas Prize for Literature in 1992. In 1993, she worked with reading programs in indigenous-community schools, and that same year she created an itinerant theatre piece in order to raise funds to found FOMMA. In 1994, she founded FOMMA with Isabel Juarez Espinoza, where she continues to write plays and participate in theatre productions with other women. Her publications include ‘La Mujer zinacanteca en la vida cotidiana,’ ‘La desconfiada,’ ‘Soy tzotzil, ‘ and ‘Una Mujer Desesperada.’ Cruz was one of the first indigenous women engaged in dramaturgy and stage acting. She has also participated in diverse acting and directing workshops in the United States with Doris Difarnecio, Amy Trompetter, and Paty Hernandez. She is currently a board member of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
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