PhD, University of Pittsburgh
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
BS, University of Evansville
Dr. Villada is an educator and theatre artist. His production work centers on movement for the stage in the areas of directing and fight choreography. His academic research focuses on theatre pedagogy, contemporary Black drama, and contemporary Latin American performance. Previously, he taught theatre and speech classes at two colleges for the City University of New York as well as The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He was a K. Leroy Irvis Fellow in Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught classes during his doctoral study.
As an artist, Dr. Villada has performed, directed, and choreographed for companies such as: Hostos Repertory Theatre (NYC), Nuyorican Poets Cafe (NYC), 3-Legged Dog Media & Theatre Group (NYC), Gallery Players (NYC), Chautauqua Theater Company (NY), New Prospectives Theatre Company (NYC), M Ensemble (Miami, FL), Urbanite Theatre (Sarasota, FL), The Barksdale Theater (Richmond, VA), and The Conciliation Project (Richmond, VA). 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 touring and features Diego’s imaginative movement choreography as well.
In addition to teaching, directing, and choreography, Dr. Villada has also held positions in theatre administration. Has been a Communications and Patron Services Coordinator for Chautauqua Theatre Company. He 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 on the cutting edge of technology and performance.
Acting I & II
Theatre History I & II
Performance Practicum – Theatre
Introduction to Performance Studies
Movement for the Actor
Voice and Speech for the Actor
Latin American Theatre and Performance
Heritage Toursim Performance