Carla Della Gatta

Assistant Professor
WMS 436
Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, Latinx drama, LGBTQ drama, Spanish Golden Age drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Carla Della Gatta, Assistant Professor, holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Theatre and Drama and a Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Northwestern University; a English from San Francisco State University; and a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

She is author of Latinx Shakespeares: Staging U.S. Intracultural Theater (forthcoming from Michigan, 2023) and co-editor with Trevor Boffone of Shakespeare and Latinidad (Edinburgh 2021).

Her work has been published in collections as well as in journals such as Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare Studies, Bulletin of the Comediantes, Shakespeare Bulletin, and Theatre Journal. Dr. Della Gatta has written various entries for the forthcoming Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia and has published essays online in Howlround. She has worked as a scholar for the theatre for Shakespeare Center Los Angeles, The Public Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Victory Gardens Theater. Della Gatta is an active member of the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee.

Della Gatta has served on the Governing Council for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and on awards committees for the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) and the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). She is on the editorial and advisory boards of journals Shakespeare Survey, Teatro: Revista de Estudios Culturales, and for the Arden series on Shakespeare and Social Justice.


  • “Octavio Solis,” in Fifty Key Figures in LatinX and Latin American Theater, eds. Paola S. Hernández and Analola Santana, Routledge, 2022.
  • “Introduction to Miss Julia,” in Encuentro de las Américas, eds. Trevor Boffone, Teresa Marrero, and Chantal Rodriguez, Methuen Drama, 2021.
  • “Staging Shakespeare for Latinx Identity and Mexican Subjectivity: Marqués: A Narco-Macbeth,” in Shakespeare and Latinidad, eds. Trevor Boffone and Carla Della Gatta, Edinburgh University Press, 2021.
  • “Afterword,” in Shakespeare and ‘Accentism,’ ed. Adele Lee, Routledge, 2021.
  • “The Aleph and the Space of Shakespeare”. Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies, Tenth Anniversary Edition on ‘Confessions’, Vo. 11, No.2-3, 2020.
  • “Confronting Bias and Identifying Facts: Teaching Resistance through Shakespeare,” in Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare: Why Renaissance Literature Matters Now, ed. Hillary Eklund and Wendy Hyman, Edinburgh University Press, 2019.
  • “Shakespeare, Race, and ‘Other’ Englishes: The Q Brothers’s Othello: The Remix,” in Shakespeare Survey, Special Edition on ‘Re-Creating Shakespeare’, Vol. 71, 2018.
  • “A New Era of Global Shakespeare: The State of the Field, 2014–2015,” in Shakespearean International Yearbook, Special Section: Shakespeare and Value, Vol. 17, 2018.
  • “From West Side Story to Hamlet, Prince of Cuba: Shakespeare and Latinidad in the United States,” in Shakespeare Studies, Vol. 44, 2016.
  • "Adapting La Dama Boba and The Taming of the Shrew for a Foreign Audience,” in Bulletin of the Comediantes, Vol. 67, 2015.
  • “Performing Duende in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2011 Cardenio,” in The Creation and Re-creation of Cardenio: Performing Shakespeare, Transforming Cervantes, ed. Terri Bourus and Gary Taylor, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.
  • “Cultural Mobility and Transitioning Authority: The Cardenio Project,” in The Quest for Cardenio, ed. David Carnegie and Gary Taylor, Oxford University Press, 2012.


  • “Ethnicizing Shakespearean Tragedy on Film,” Unraveling the Bard from Global Perspectives, GGDSD College, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, (2021)
  • “Teaching Intersectionality,” Newberry Teachers’ Consortium (NTC), Newberry Library, Chicago, (2020)
  • Keynote, “‘Hear All, All See’: Aural and Visual Dramaturgies of Latinx Romeo and Juliet(a),” Latinx Shakespeare: A Borderlands Drama Symposium, Texas A&M (2018)
  • Keynote, “‘Let’s Talk about Sex’ But Not See It: American Shakespeares in the Cultural Olympiad,” Exploring Resistance through Medieval and Early Modern Culture: Early Modern Colloquium Graduate Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, (2018)
  • “Shakespeare and Latinidad: A Performance History,” University of Texas El Paso, (2017)
  • “Romeo and Juliet in Spanish Language and Performance Traditions,” Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Philosophy, Performance, Conference 2: Cut Him Out in Little Stars: Romeo and Juliet in Diaspora, UCLA (2017)
  • “Shakespearean Englishes for Today’s Classroom,” Teaching Shakespeare within Diverse Communities, Florida International University (2016)
  • “Homosocial and Paternal Bonds in The Merchant of Venice,” Department of English, St. Louis University, Madrid Campus (2014)
  • “Identity and Language Politics Today for U.S. Latinos,” Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, (2014)


  • 2022: Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship
  • 2022: Diversity Grant, Renaissance Society of America
  • 2020: Robert B. Bradley Library Research Grant, co-received with Aaron C. Thomas, FSU
  • 2020: First Year Assistant Professor (FYAP) Grant, FSU
  • 2018–19: Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • 2018–19: Folger Shakespeare Library Short-Term Fellowship
  • 2018: The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University Summer Session: Public Humanities
  • 2017: New York Public Library Short Term Fellowship
  • 2016: American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Targeted Area Research Award
  • 2016: J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize, Shakespeare Association of America


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