Leo Cabranes-Grant


Office Location

Theater Dance West, Room 2511


After finishing his Ph. D. in Golden Age Spanish Drama (Harvard University, 1996), Leo Cabranes-Grant has pursued a career that combines scholarly and artistic endeavors. His book Lope de Vega and the Uses of Repetition (Madrid, 2004) analyzes the diverse strategies deployed by Lope de Vega in order to create a literary practice in which tragicomedy became the model for national and personal self-fashionings. Cabranes-Grant has published articles in Celestinesca, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Profession (PMLA), Theatre Research International, and Theatre Journal. Recently, his article “From Scenarios to Networks: Performing the Intercultural in Colonial Mexico” (Theatre Journal, 63, 2011) received both the ATHE Award for Outstanding Article and the Honorable Mention for the Oscar Brockett Essay Price from ASTR (both in 2012). His collection of plays Chat Room and Other Latino Plays (Floricanto Press, 2007) was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. His play The Art of Painting won the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture Award (2005) and his play The Ides of March won the Asunción Award from the company Pregones in New York (2011). Cabranes-Grant was also Associate Editor (2008-2010) and Editor (2010-2012) of the prestigious journal Theatre Survey, published by Cambridge University Press and the American Society for Theatre Research. At the moment Cabranes-Grant is finalizing his next project, titled Networks of Performance, in which he studies intercultural transformations in Colonial Mexico from 1566 to 1690. Two more projects are also in the making: Re-Possessed Islands: The Poetics of Caribbean Drama (an exploration of contemporary performative trends on that region) and The Carnival of Philosophy (a visitation of the theatrical tropes utilized by S. Kierkegaard and G. Deleuze).