Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is a teacher, scholar, playwright and director. She joined the faculty at the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance in 2010 where she works with pre-service theatre teachers. Her theatre practice is integral to her pedagogy. A commissioned playwright, her bilingual plays have been presented to children and families in theatres around the United States. Her plays Señora Tortuga, Legend of the Poinsettia, Sangre de un Ángel and Mariachi Girl are available through Dramatic Publishing. Professor Schroeder-Arce has published articles in journals such as Youth Theatre Journal, TYA Today, Theatre Topics and Gestos. She has taught workshops on issues of diversity in theatre for young audiences and culturally responsive teaching artistry throughout the Americas and beyond. Professor Schroeder-Arce has served as a board member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. She was the U.S. representative to the NEXT program through TYA/USA and ASSITEJ. She is a cadre member of the Center for Education and the Arts and was on the committee that wrote the new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre K-12. She is active in the Texas Educational Theatre Association, the American Society for Theatre Research and the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network. Her research interests include culturally responsive theatre education and Latino/a theatre for young audiences in relation to teacher training. Schroeder-Arce was recently awarded the Ann Flagg Multicultural award from AATE.
Prior to UT, Professor Schroeder-Arce served as an assistant professor of theatre education at Emerson College in Boston and at California State University Fresno. Professor Schroeder-Arce received her M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.S. degree and teaching credential from Emerson College. Prior to her college level appointments, Professor Schroeder-Arce taught high school theatre both in Laredo, Texas and in Austin. She served for several years as artistic and education director of Teatro Humanidad. A product of Upward Bound, she taught performing arts for the Keene State College Upward Bound program. Professor Schroeder-Arce has taught teachers at programs throughout the U.S. and in Switzerland. She has worked with secondary school students in numerous projects and has taught drama at multiple elementary and middle schools throughout the nation. She also served as an apprentice at the Dramashop Program at Seattle Children's Theatre.