Joanna Lugo

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Austin, TX

Joanna Lugo (she/ella/they) is a performance artist, writer, director, and DiaspoRican disruptor. Their body of work is characterized by an ethereal aesthetic that both haunts and heals, often through the exploration of queer latinidad and gender. Her methodology is rooted in embodied storytelling of othered experiences, antiracism practices, pleasure activism, and the pursuit of decolonization. Recent works include: Guest Director, Play at Home, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co.; Co-Director, Project/Project 2020, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Associate Director, Esai’s Table, Cherry Lane Theatre Off-Broadway; Associate Director/Dramaturg, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Fairview, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co.; Writer/Director, Quare (Cosmic to Corporeal: Contemporary Queer Performance Practices Exhibition), The MAC; Interim Artistic Producer, Tony Award-winning Dallas Theater Center; Performer, Kate Gilmore’s Only in Your Way, DiverseWorks; Writer/Performer, Perdido Y, Dallas Museum of Art; Co-Author, “Still Here, Still Enraged: A Manifesto”, Howl Round Theater Commons. Joanna is a Cum Laude graduate of UNT (B.A. and M.A. in Performance Studies) and is a recipient of the “Horizon Award”, “Thesis of the Year”, and “Outstanding Performance by a Graduate Student” for her germinal work.