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Xiomara Cornejo



Xiomara Cornejo is a Salvadoran American theatre director/designer/dramaturg/playwright and arts activist from Compton, California. Her professional work includes theatre directing, after-school arts programming, applied theatre, and community arts organizing. Xiomara received a BA in Theater Directing/Performance from California State University Long Beach and MA in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California. For over eight years, Xiomara worked as a community organizer/supervisor under the Asset-Based Community Development and Relationship-Based Community Organizing model and facilitated Neighborhood Action Councils (NAC) and social justice art projects. Xiomara was the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) National 1st Place Winner for her Dramaturgy on Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3, and her Projection Design of Good Kids. Her current research project, "Performing Resurrection: Upholding the Spirit and Legacy of El Salvador's Saint. Oscar A. Romero through Radical Puppet Theatre," was funded by the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Her scholarship centers on radical theatre history, multi-cultural theatre, political puppetry, performance ethnography, dramaturgy, and projection design.