Scope and Content of Collection
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Jorge Huerta Papers
Huerta, Jorge A.
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0142
60 Linear feet
(108 archive boxes, 5 card files, and 14 oversize folders)
Date (inclusive): 1964-2008
Abstract: Papers of Jorge Huerta, playwright, Chicano director, and professor at the University of California, San Diego. The papers
primarily document Huerta's directoral projects, academic work, and involvement with various national theatre organizations
and committees. The bulk of the collection is made up of documents from numerous Latino theatre projects, including TENAZ,
El Teatro Campesino, and El Teatro Ensemble. Included are typescript drafts of articles, essays, and books written by Huerta,
Chicano Theater: Themes And Forms (1982),
Nuevos Pasos: Chicano And Puerto Rican Drama (1989), and
Chicano Drama: Performance, Society, And Myth (2000). This collection also includes multiple typescript drafts of plays and articles written by various Hispanic playwrights
Scope and Content of Collection
The Jorge Huerta Papers contain materials documenting his activities as a director, writer, professor, and expert on Chicano
theater. The papers include meeting minutes and program information from various committees and organizations, typescript
drafts of articles and essays, and performance notes and script drafts from plays directed by Huerta. The majority of the
collection is made up of materials from numerous Latino Theater projects in Southern California, including the San Diego Repertory,
El Teatro Campesino, El Teatro Ensemble, and Teatro de la Esperanza. The collection also includes typescript drafts of plays
and articles from other Chicano playwrights and scholars.
Arranged in eleven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS BY HUERTA, 3) DIRECTING, 4) TEACHING MATERIALS, 5) COMMITTEES, CONFERENCES,
AND ORGANIZATIONS, 6) GRANTS, 7) LATINO THEATER PROJECTS, 8) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 9) PROMPT BOOKS, 10) WRITINGS OF OTHERS,
and 11) IMAGES AND MEDIA.
Jorge Alfonso Huerta was born in Southern California on November 20, 1942. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School
in Los Angeles, California, in 1960, and then attended California State University, Los Angeles, earning his degree in 1965.
Huerta went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1974. Huerta was the first Chicano nationwide
to receive his Ph.D. in theatre. In 1975 he joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego as a professor. Huerta
was later named UCSD's Associate Chancellor and the University's first Chief Diversity Officer, serving in that post from
2004 to 2007.
Huerta published two books,
Chicano Theatre: Themes and Forms (1982) and
Chicano Drama: Performance, Society, and Myth (2000). He is the author of numerous articles about Chicano theatre, as well as many essays and lectures for theatre groups
and universities. Huerta also edited three anthologies of plays, including
A Bibliography Of Chicano And Mexican Dance, Drama, And Music (1972) and
Nuevos Pasos : Chicano And Puerto Rican Drama (1989).
Along with teaching and writing, Huerta also directed in theatres across the country, including the San Diego Repertory, Washington
D.C.'s Gala Hispanic Theatre, La Compañía de Teatro de Albuquerque, and New York's Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. His main
directoral focus has been Chicano plays, including
Deporting the Divas and
El Jardín. Through his collaboration efforts he worked with numerous theatre groups, such as El Teatro de la Esperanza, Teatro Meta,
and El Teatro Campesino with Luis Valdez.
Huerta was honored as a Distinguished Scholar at the annual meeting of the American Society for Theatre Research in Boston,
and received the Lifetime Achievement in Educational Theatre Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in
2008. On May 4, 2009, Huerta was awarded the "Latino Spirit Award" from the State Assembly for his leading authority on contemporary
Chicana/o and US Latina/o theatre.
Original media formats are restricted. Viewing/listening copies may be available for researchers.
Acquired 2004-2005, 2009
Jorge Huerta Papers, MSS 142. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Mexican American theater
Huerta, Jorge A. -- Archives
Anaya, Rudolfo A.
López, Josefina, 1969-
Rodríguez Solís, Eduardo
Reyes, Guillermo A.
Gonzalez S., Silvia