Joshua Truett

Joshua Truett

Joshua Truett


Drake Perf & Event Ctr
1849 Cannon Dr
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Performance, media, and cultural studies
  • feminist, trans, and queer theory
  • experimental and physical theatre
  • Japanese drama (Noh, Kabuki, Butoh)
  • Latinx, Latin American, and indigenous studies


  • PhD The Ohio State University
  • MFA California State University Los Angeles
  • BFA New York University

Joshua L. Truett, Fulbright–Garcías Robles Research Fellow 2018-2019 (Mexico) and Ohio State University Fellow 2014-2015, is a PhD candidate in the theatre program at Ohio State University, with a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Sexuality Studies. He received an MFA degree in dramatic writing for TV, film, and theatre from California State University at Los Angles (CSULA) and BFA from NYU's Tisch School of Arts. As the founder and artistic director of the Mneme Theatre Experiment, he has received numerous grants and artistic residences, including an associate artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and an Individual Artist Grant from the Queens Council for the Arts (NYC). He has taught classes and workshops at San Francisco State University, California State University Los Angeles, and The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Truett was awarded the Dana Greenblatt Feminist Media Studies Award, the Paul Varley Award (Best Graduate Student Paper) from the Japan Studies Association, and won first place for Arts Oral Presentation at the Hayes Research Forum (Ohio State). His dissertation Muxes, Velas and Zapotec Style: Performing indigenous Fiesta Resistance explores the festival performances of the muxes, a queer third-gender identity within the Zapotec culture of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, Mexico. His research has been supported by a generous Kramer International Fellowship from Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, grants from the Global Mobility Project and Public Humanities Collaborative, and the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grant, as well as travel grants from the Sexuality Studies Program, Center for Ethnic Studies, College of Arts and Sciences (Ohio State), Snow and Morrow Funds, and the Dr. Katie Whitlock Memorial Fund (Ohio State Department of Theatre). He regularly presents his research at major international conferences hosted by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (NYU), the American Anthropological Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the American Society of Theatre Research. His writing has been published in The Latin American Theatre Review and The Drama Review (TDR).