Monica Cortés Viharo, PhC is an Adjunct Professor in Theatre Arts at the University of Puget Sound and a doctoral candidate in the School of Drama at the University of Washington where she was named a Husky 100. Monica earned her BA in Theater and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Monica is the recipient of the McNair Graduate Fellowship, the Mellon Fellowship for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, and is completing a certificate in Public Scholarship. Her research focuses on the creation, performance, and impact of documentary and political/activist theater. She has presented her scholarship at the American Society of Theatre Research and the Network of Ensemble Theaters conferences and was chosen for the Emerging Scholars panel for the 2017 Mid-America Theater Conference.
Monica is also an actor (SAG/AFTRA), a company member of eSe Teatro, a dramaturge, and a public speaking consultant. She is currently working with University of Puget Sound faculty Dr. Sara Freeman (Theatre Arts) and Dr. Grace Livingston (African American Studies) on Start All Over Again: A Tacoma Civil Rights Performance Walk, to commemorate civil rights struggles in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. The piece will premiere in 2018 at the University of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy Conference.