Carla Della Gatta

Assistant Professor in Critical Studies

Carla Della Gatta


Carla Della Gatta is an assistant professor of critical studies at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Her forthcoming monograph, Shakespeare & Latinidad: The Staging of Intracultural Theatre, explores how Latinx culture is constructed dramaturgically and textually in recent Shakespearean adaptations and productions.

Della Gatta received the J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize from the Shakespeare Association of America for the best dissertation in 2016. She has received the American Society for Theatre Research Targeted Area Research Award, USC’s ASHSS Grant Writing Mentorship Fellowship, and fellowships from both the New York Public Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library. She was accepted into the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard for Summer 2018 and is on leave for Fall 2018 as a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship.

Her publications include essays in journals such as Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare Studies, Bulletin of the Comediantes and Shakespearean International Yearbook. She also has published performance reviews and essays on pedagogy. She was the lead translator for a play from Spanish to English for the Mellon-funded cultural mobility initiative, The Cardenio Project. She has worked as a scholar for the theatre for Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Victory Gardens Theater.  Della Gatta is currently an active member of the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee.

Primary research areas include Shakespeare, Latinx Theatre, Spanish Golden Age theatre, LGBTQ theatre, gender and sexuality studies, and critical race theory. Della Gatta is an affiliated faculty member for USC’s Race and Equity Center and for the Bedrosian Center at the Price School of Public Policy, and she also serves as faculty in residence on the USC campus.


PhD, Northwestern University

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