Teresa Marrero is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine and an Associate Professor of Latino/a & Latin American Theater in the Department of World Languages/Literatures/Cultures at the University of North Texas. She is a scholar, fiction writer and an avid tango and salsa dancer. Her courses, all taught in Spanish, include cultura hispana en los Estados Unidos (Hispanic culture in the U.S.). She co-edited Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/Latino Theatre and Performance. Her essays in books include: Negotiating Performance: Gender, Sexuality, and Theatricality in Latin/o America, Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad, Latinas on Stage, Conducting a Life: a Tribute to Maria Irene Fornés, The State of Latino Theater in the United States, Theatre & Performance in Small Nations (2013) and in the Encyclopedia of Latino Culture (2013). She is a founding and core member of TANTO, Teatro Alianza of North Texas Organizations (2012) in Dallas, Texas. She writes Latino/a theater performance reviews for the North Texas arts and culture online magazine, Theater Jones (search: Teresa Marrero), and feels honored to be a member of the national steering committee for the Latina/o Theatre Commons.