Rehearsing Change has one of the most diverse faculties of any study abroad program in the world. A sociologist, linguist, geographer, ecologist and gender/culture speacialist join an actor-writer-puppeteer, a community arts practitioner and the pioneer of Ecuadorian modern dance to provide our students and counterparts with a truly one-of-a-kind educational experience. Some of our professors have a lifetime of experience in their field and others are up and comers. Our courses are team-taught, allowing for varied instructional perspectives. (Click on the names for a full bio.) Please note that not all faculty teach each semester; rather, we determine with whom we work in a given semester based on current community needs.

Lead Instructor and Teaching Artist. Executive Director of the Pachaysana Institute. Academic Coordinator of Rehearsing Change. Areas of focus: International Education, Theatre for Social Change, Cultural Identity and Popular Education. MFA in Theatre (University California at Los Angeles) 

Teaching Artist. Director of Research and Development at the Fundación Quito Eterno. Areas of Focus: Theatre, Puppetry, Poetry, Cultural Education, Cultural Identity, Oral Tradition. Masters in Philology (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain); Diploma Superior in Performing Arts (Universidad Central del Ecuador)

Lead Instructor. Professor at the Universidad Católica del Ecuador, and Founding Director of the Proyecto Oralidad Modernidad. Areas of focus: Linguistics, Oral Tradition, Indigenous Communities. PhD in Linguistics (University of Oregon) 

Teaching Artist. Founding Artisitc Director of Escuela Futuro Sí. Areas of Focus: Modern Dance, Traditional Dance, Community Arts.  Commonly referred to as the Pioneer of Ecuadorian Modern Dance, Wilson has performed around the world for over 40 years.  

Lead Instructor. Professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the Facultad Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales. Areas of focus: Sociology of Development, Project Design & Evaluation.  PhD in Sociology of Development (Cornell University)

Belen Noroña

Invited Research-Faculty. PhD student at University of Oregon, conducting research in several of our partner communities. Areas of focus: Sustainable Community Development, Participatory Research, Community Education, International Education.  MA in Latin American Studies and Development (University of Texas at Austin)

Academic Associate. Founding Director of the Tiputini Biodiversity Station and Professor of Ecological Sciences at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Areas of focus: Biodiversity of Amazon Rainforest, Environmental Studies.  PhD in Zoology (Louisiana State University)

Lead Instructor. Executive Director of La Poderosa Media Project and Professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Areas of Focus: Literature, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, PhD (University of Texas at Austin) - Bio forthcoming

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