Lowell Fiet


University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras

Lowell Fiet teaches in the English, Theater, and Interdisciplinary Studies Departments at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. He did his MA and PhD in Theater at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught in the theater departments at Michigan State University (1973-76) and the University of Oregon (1976-78) before moving to the University of Puerto Rico in 1978. Widely published as a theater critic and scholar, his essays on US and Puerto Rican theater and Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic Caribbean performance have been published in the US, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados, Argentina, England, Holland, Spain, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of the journal of Caribbean studies Sargasso (1983 to the present), the theater critic of the weekly newspaper Claridad (since 1992), and the author of El teatro puertorriqueño reimaginado: Notas críticas sobre la creación dramática y el performance (San Juan: Callejón, 2004) and Caballeros, Vejigantes, Locas y Viejos: Santiago Apóstol y los performeros afro-puertorriqueños (San Juan: Terranova, 2007). He authored and directed several (US) National Endowment for the Humanities and Rockefeller Foundation grants between 1993 and 2004 and was the principal architect of the PhD in Caribbean Literature and Linguistics instituted in English at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras in 2000. He directed the English Department on three occasions between 1983 and 2004 and the Interdisciplinary Studies Program from 2009-2011. He also founded the Taller de Imágenes performance collective (1988-1995) that toured original works in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rican communities in New York. During the past six years he has coordinated másTaller mask-making workshops in schools, festivals, universities, and community centers in Puerto Rico, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, and Suriname. He is currently at work on a broader academic and visual study of Caribbean and Latin American masks entitled “An Archipelago of Masks: Caribbean Performance and Art.”