Associate Teaching Professor of Theatre
Veronica Santoyo has an MFA degree in ‘Theatre: Contemporary Performance’ from Naropa University and an MA degree in ‘Drama Therapy’ from New York University. Veronica began her career as a theatre artist in Mexico City, where she is originally from, and was a member of two important Mexican repertory theater companies: the Latin American classical theater company Teatro Sobre La Arena, 1992-2003; and K-Oz Producciones, 2004-2008, a contemporary performance company researching new works by upcoming artists and staging contemporary interpretations of classical theater pieces. Prior to coming to Ball State, Veronica was an adjunct faculty member in the undergraduate performance department at Naropa University and was a teaching assistant to dancer and choreographer Barbara Dilley in her class ‘Improvisation/Composition’.
Additionally, Veronica has combined her work as a theatre artist and teacher with a drama therapy practice. As a drama therapist in Mexico, she worked in private practice and with various clinical and educational institutions, conducting workshops in drama therapy and educational theatre, and working with diverse populations and special needs groups. At the 1998 Moral Re-Armament International Conference, in Caux, Switzerland, she organized and conducted drama therapy workshops.
In the summer of 2022, Veronica joined a group of artists (actors, singers, dancers, and set and graphic design artists) to create a devised piece titled Hamlet in the Red Square. It was performed throughout July 2022 in various museums and cultural centers in Mexico City.
Currently, Veronica is working on a one-woman show around the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Her performance research focuses on the body as a canvas for creative identity and insight.