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Mario LaMothe received a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. He was a recipient of the Lilla A. Heston Award for Recognition of Academic Achievement from Northwestern University’s School of Communication, and an exchange fellow at the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences po), Paris, France. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mario began dance studies in Haiti. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and French from Boston College, and a certificate of dance from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Mario also earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College, and subsequently oversaw productions for the José Limón Dance Foundation, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Additionally, he has worked as a MSM (Men who Have Sex with Men) health educator and rights advocate in Haiti since 2011.
Mario’s book project Giving Haiti Body: Dance, Memory, and Imagined Masculinities in Haiti employs Haitian, dance, queer theories and African diasporic thought, as well as critical ethnography, to question what is at stake when Haitian dance artists engage with local scripts about masculinity and sexuality to critically recognize or reject queer Haitian subjects’ activist struggles. The project offers insights into populations where machismo and homophobia are cultivated as regulatory mechanisms of de facto or existing sodomy laws.