PhD, University of Pittsburgh
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
BS, University of Evansville
Prof. Villada is a theatre artist and scholar. His production work centers on movement for the stage and his academic research focuses on Latin American Performance — specifically performances of culture and tourism in Colombia and Brazil. Prof. Villada studies how performance affects the construction, maintenance, and shifting of identities as related to staged “authenticity” in the Americas.
Aside from being a knowledge producer, Prof. Villada is also an accomplished stage director and fight choreographer. He has taught, performed, directed and/or choreographed on the east coast and abroad with companies such as: Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (PA), City Theater (PA), Hostos Repertory Theatre (NYC), Nuyorican Poets Cafe (NYC), 3-Legged Dog Media & Theatre Group (NYC), Gallery Players (NYC), Chautauqua Theater Company (NY), New Perspectives Theatre Company (NYC), The Barksdale Theater (VA) and The Conciliation Project (VA), amongst others.
His choreographed violence has also been featured in productions at the University of Evansville (IN), University of Pittsburgh (PA), Queensborough Community College (NYC) and the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute (NYC). In 2013, his fight choreography was requested for the first inter-arts collaboration –an adaption of Romeo & Juliet— at the historic Chautauqua Institution (NY). The off-Broadway production of Layon Gray’s Black Angels Over Tuskegee is still running in its ninth year and features Diego’s imaginative movement choreography as well.
During the summer of 2014, Prof. Villada was the Communications and Patron Services Coordinator for Chautauqua Theatre Company, the resident theatre company of the internationally renowned Chautauqua Institution. In a previous professional life, Prof. Villada was the Director of Marketing and Communications for 3LD Art & Technology Centre in downtown Manhattan. He also worked as an Artistic Line Producer for 3-Legged Dog Media + Theatre group, a large-scale multimedia interdisciplinary performance troupe that is on the cutting edge of technology and performance. He taught theatre and speech classes at two colleges for the City University of New York during his tenure as a professional artist in the city as well as The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
Introduction to Performance Studies