still from webseries Brujos, 10 cast members around a tableBRUJOS, BEYOND REPRESENTATION: DECOLONIZING & QUEERING TV

a screening & discussion with Ricardo Gamboa, Isaac Gomez, & Justin Ignatius Mitchell

February 26, Tuesday, 6 to 8 pm

CSGS, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

BRUJOS is a radically-politicized, queer-of-color web series following four gay Latino doctoral students that are also witches as they try and survive the semester and a witch hunt led by the straight, wealthy, white male descendants of the first New World colonizers. BRUJOS’ experimental approach to production and radical ethos has garnered the show significant recognition and a cult following. Come binge watch much of the series and talk with creator Ricardo Gamboa and cast members Isaac Gomez and Justin Ignatius Mitchell.

This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair-accessible.

For more information about this event, please contact the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at csgsnyu@nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.

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Ricardo Gamboa is an artist, activist, and academic creating radical art, cultural, and media work in Chicago and New York City. In Chicago, Gamboa is a member of Free Street Theater. In New York City, they are an alumni of the EmergeNYC program at Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and the New York Neo-Futurists. Gamboa is finishing their doctorate degree at New York University’s renowned American studies program and received their MA in arts politics (2013) from the Tisch School of the Arts. Gamboa has won several awards (and other things that other people care about) including an Arts Matters Fellowship, Joyce Award, and an International Connections Award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Their current projects includes the underground news show The Hoodoisie, the community-based theater piece Meet Juan(ito) Doe, and BRUJOS, the ground-breaking web series about four gay Latino grad who are also witches. Gamboa has worked with over 5,000 young people in the Americas using everything from photography to theater and mural painting to web media to advance young people’s dreams and visions for social change.

Isaac Gomez is an award-winning Chicago-based playwright originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. His play La Ruta received its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theater Company this Winter. His one-woman show the way she spoke will be receiving its Off-Broadway premiere at the Minetta Lane Theatre (produced by Audible) in Summer 2019. He is currently under commission from South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Steep Theatre, and StepUp Chicago Playwrights. His plays have been supported by Steppenwolf Theater Company, Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Northlight Theatre, Albany Park Theater Project, WaterTower Theater, Haven Theater, Teatro Vista, Greenhouse Theater Center, Jackalope Theater Company, Pivot Arts, Definition Theater Company, Broken Nose Theater, Stage Left, The VORTEX, and Something Marvelous. He is the recipient of the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award, the 2017 Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award at Primary Stages, an inaugural 3Arts “Make A Wave” grantee, Co-Creative Director at the Alliance of Latinx Theatre, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate with Victory Gardens Theater, Ensemble Member with Teatro Vista, Artistic Associate with Pivot Arts, an advisory committee member of the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) and a core producer with the Jubilee. He is a Professional Lecturer at The Theatre School at DePaul University, and is represented by The Gersh Agency and Circle of Confusion.

Justin Ignatius Mitchell is a Chicago based DJ and multimedia artist creating under the moniker Hijo Pródigo. Mitchell’s practice is rooted in the exploration of “blood memory”,  and serves to contribute to a sonic and physical dialogue regarding queer(ed) spirituality; communal tools of survival and sustenance; and the potentiality of the night. Mitchell is currently collaborating with the Chicago born record label and artist collective FUTUREHOOD, as well as the web series platform OTV (Open Teleision). The function of both media platforms are in service to the development and exhibition of work by marginalized voices. BRUJOS marks Mitchell’s move from behind to camera to on screen acting. Libra Sun/ Leo Rising/ Pisces Moon.