Carla Della Gatta is an assistant professor of critical studies at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She has published essays in collected editions from Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan, and in journals such as Shakespeare Studies, Bulletin of the Comediantes and Shakespeare Survey (forthcoming). She has also published reviews, dramaturged professionally, and she was the lead translator for a play from Spanish to English for the Mellon-funded cultural mobility initiative, The Cardenio Project. She worked as a scholar for the theatre for Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Victory Gardens Theater, and she is currently a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee. Her work has led to invitations to speak in Ann Arbor, Miami, Indianapolis, San Antonio, El Paso, Madrid and Belfast.
Della Gatta received the J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize from the Shakespeare Association of America for the best dissertation in 2016. For her upcoming research, Della Gatta received the American Society for Theatre Research Targeted Area Research Award in 2016 and a fellowship from the New York Public Library in 2017. Her forthcoming monograph on Shakespeare and Latinidad explores how Latinx culture is constructed dramaturgically and textually in recent Shakespearean adaptations and productions.
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 she also serves as faculty in residence on the USC campus.