Carlos Ortiz is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese specializing in Contemporary Latin American Theater and Performance. He received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature from Hunter College, CUNY, and a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation examines contemporary Latin/x American performances beyond the human-somatic and discursive explorations that challenge the Western idea of the human. His research interests also include Latin American Literatures, Queers Studies, New Media Studies, and Visual Cultures. He actively participates in theatrical productions in the department and on campus. In 2018 he co-directed (with Professor Paola Hernández) Perla de la Rosa’s Antígona: las voces que incendian el desierto. As the former artistic director of Teatro Décimo Piso, he directed Luis Alfaro’s The Gardens of Aztlan in 2019, and co-directed (with Jorge Cienfuegos) Alejandro Ricaño’s El amor de las luciérnagas in 2020.