Anita Gonzalez

Librettist Lyricist Playwright

Gonzalez is currently writing the libretto for Home of My Ancestors with composer Nkeiru Okoye for the Houston Grand Opera. Recent plays and musicals include Ayanna Kelly (a Black Caribbean woman time travels through British pubs until she finds self-discovery), The Living Lakes, (dance theatre work about African American and Latino migrations in the icy Great Lakes) and Ybor City (Cuban unionists, readings, rhumba, and smoke converge in 1918 Tampa, Florida).
Anita has authored two books Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality (2010) and Jarocho’s Soul (2005) that reveal the influence of African people and their cultural productions on Mexico. She also co-edited the volume Black Performance Theory (Duke University Press 2013).