DeColonial and Américan Indigenous Studies
An award-winning playwright, Moraga has published three volumes of plays and directed the premiere production of several of her own works, including New Fire – To Put Things Right Again, The Mathematics of Love, Digging Up the Dirt, and The Hungry Woman – A Mexican Medea.
Once taught under María Irene Fornes’ tutelage at INTAR theater in NYC, Moraga has, herself, mentored over two generations of now published writers and professional playwrights who credit her as one of their most influential teachers. In 2017, she joined the faculty in the Department of English at UC Santa Barbara, where she also serves as the co-director of Las Maestras Center for Xicana and Indigenous Thought, Art and Social Practice. She is currently completing a screen play entitled “Senora de los Blues” on the life of Chavela Vargas, commissioned by LevelForward productions. Although only in the Bay half-time these days, she still considers Oakland, California her home.