Eric Mayer-García is a PhD candidate in the LSU Department of Theatre. His dissertation research focuses on the Cuban avant-garde theatre in Havana, Miami, and New York and its intersection with U.S. Latina/o theatre. He has published and presented original research on nineteenth-century Cuban costumbristas in New Orleans, teatro vernáculo in early twentieth-century Ybor City, popular theatre collective Teatro Escambray, as well as the theatre of Maria Irene Fornes, Virgilio Piñera, Reinaldo Arenas, and Caridad Svich. This year Eric was a graduate fellow for the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami and is currently an LSU Graduate School Dissertation Fellow. He was chosen as an alternate for the Ford Dissertation Fellowship 2015-2016.