Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez

Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez

Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez



Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez is a Los Angeles native, born and raised in Watts, he has made a career of working in and collaborating with disadvantaged communities of color. He is the 2021 co-winner of the Lowrider Studies Scholar-Activist of the Year Award. His research exists in the intersection of indigenous mythology, mobility studies and visual and performing arts. He is also a Lecturer in the Chicana/o Studies and Theatre Departments at California State University, Northridge. He has collaborated with Spanish-speaking theatre groups in the U.S. including Grupo malayerba from Ecuador, Yuyachkani from Peru and Teatro de los andes from Bolivia. His translations include Argentinian, Mexican, and portions of many American plays. For more information go to:


  • PhD, from the UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television
    • Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy, UCLA
  • Master of Fine Arts, Theater, UCSD
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theater, University of Utah
    • Single Subject Credential English, National University


• Mobility Studies
• Theatre and Performance
• Space and Place
• Aztec Mythology
• Mexican and Chicana/o Cinema

Selected Publications

  • Cambridge Opera Journal, “Playing Hopscotch in Traffic” (forthcoming spring 2022)
  • Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, “Darning Zoot Suit for the Next Generation,” volume 44, number 1 Spring 2020. pp. 177-186
  • University of Alabama Press, coauthored P. Cole, R. Harmon, E. Mee. “Ethics and Site-Based Theatre: A Curated Discussion” Theatre History Studies 2019: Volume 38 edited by Sara Freeman, February 2020. pp. 166-195
  • Center Theater Group Discovery Guide based on Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez, 2017
  • Howl Round A Journal of the Theater Commons, “Colored Conundrum,” June 2014
  • KCET’s Artbound Southern California Cultural Journalism, “Exoteric Theatre: The Birth of Meet Me @Metro,” January 2013
  • Howl Round A Journal of the Theater Commons, “Theater of War,” July 2012
  • Center Theater Group Discovery Guide based on Palestine, New Mexico a world premiere play by Culture Clash’s Richard Montoya, 2009
  • Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Latinx Theater in the Times of Neoliberalism Patricia Ybarra, book review.
  • Theatre Annual, Traveler, There is No Road: Theatre, the Spanish Civil War, and the Decolonial Imagination in the Americas Lisa Jackson-Schebetta 2019, pp. 90-92
  • Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Collisions at the Crossroads: How Place and Mobility Make Race Genevieve Carpio volume 45, number 1, spring, 2020


• Chicana and Chicano Studies 157: The Chicana and Chicano Movement and its Political Legacies