Welcome New Arts Faculty to the 2022/23 Academic Year

We’re delighted to welcome a number of new faculty members to the 2022/23 academic year.

September 12, 2022

New Full Time Faculty

María José Contreras Lorenzini, Associate Professor of Theatre

María José Contreras is a Chilean multi-disciplinary artist working in theatre and performance. Her work explores the interrelations and frictions of embodied practice, performance, memory and the urban space. Her engagement with decolonizing theatre-making, teaching, and research practice is recognized in The Twenty-First Century Performance Reader, an international volume featuring the 73 leading global artists working with innovative approaches to performance. In addition to numerous articles, she recently co-edited two interdisciplinary volumes Cadáver exquisito and Women Mobilizing Memory. She is completing the monograph Rigorously Undisciplined.

David Antonio Cruz, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts

David Antonio Cruz is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, and performance. His work explores the intersectionality of queerness and race, centering Black, Brown, and queer bodies. Incorporating literature, language, and sculptural elements, Cruz's work engages portraiture as a place of permanence and as a form of resistance to normative conventions. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, including at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, ICA Boston, The Block Museum of Art, McNay Art Museum, and El Museo del Barrio. Most recently, Cruz exhibited work with Monique Meloche Gallery at The Armory Show in New York.

Matthew Salesses, Assistant Professor of Writing

Matthew Salesses is the author of seven books, including the bestseller Craft in the Real World and his latest novel, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Two more books are forthcoming—a novel, The Sense of Wonder, and a memoir-in-essays, To Grieve Is to Carry Another Time—both from Little, Brown. His work has appeared in Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, NPR, The New York Times, The Guardian, Best American Essays and elsewhere. In 2015, Buzzfeed named Matthew one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers. 

Anocha Suwichakornpong, Assistant Professor of Film

Anocha Suwichakornpong is an independent filmmaker who lives and works in Bangkok and the US. Suwichakornpong’s work, informed by the socio-political history of Thailand, has received much international acclaim and has been the subject of many retrospectives worldwide. Her films include Graceland, Mundane History, and By The Time It Gets Dark. She founded the Bangkok-based production company, Electric Eel Films and co-founded Purin Pictures, a film fund that supports independent Southeast Asian cinema.