Wesleyan portrait of Marcela  Oteíza

Marcela Oteíza

Associate Professor of Dance

Theater Studios, 116

Associate Professor, Theater

Theater Studios, 116

Associate Professor, College of the Environment


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BFA University of Chile
MFA California Institute of Arts

Marcela Oteíza

Prof. Oteíza’s artistic practice and scholarly research in scenography are centered on the trans-disciplinary nature of design for performance, existing simultaneously as both spatial and time-based phenomena across multiple artistic practices. Her current research focuses on contemporary street-performance objects and how they are designed, utilized and understood within their context. Prof. Oteíza is currently working on her research project, Street Performance Contemporary Objects, which she began developing during her fellowship at the College of the Environment Think Tank 2018-2019. Prof. Oteíza teaches in the departments of Theater and Dance, as well as in the Integrated Design, Engineering, & Applied Science program (IDEAS).

Marcela I. Oteíza, Visual Artist, Scenic Designer. Her design credits include scenic design for La Canción by Candido Tirado, directed by Edward Torres, NYC, 2016; awarded ACE and ATI prize for best production; and scenic design for Richard III by Shakespeare, directed by David Jaffe exhibited at World Stage Design (WSD – 2013) Cardiff, Wales, (OISTAT). She specializes in collaborative and non-text-based work, such as The Last Days of the Old Wild Boy directed by Rinde Eckert, a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Arts fellow. A designed object from this production was shown at Object Exhibit at The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, 2015. One of her recent projects is a video-documentary: Santiago (en) vivo, based on street performances in Santiago, Chile, recently screened at the Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda as part of the selection of the Teatro Internacional Santiago a Mil, 2018. She continues to collaborate with the Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP), for which she has completed several scenic and media designs. Her articles in Street Performance-Scenography have been published in the Series Scenography Expanded: An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design, edited by Joslin Mckinney and Scott Palmer, Bloomsbury Academic, 2017, and in Theatre and Performance Design Magazine, Routledge, 2018. She is currently an Associate Professor at Wesleyan University and holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA in fine arts from the University of Chile.

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Fall 2021
THEA 185 - 01
Text & Visual Imagination

THEA 329 - 02
Technical Practice A

THEA 331 - 02
Technical Practice B

THEA 435 - 01
Performance Practice Design A

THEA 435 - 04
Performance Practice Design A

THEA 437 - 01
Performance Practice Design B