Jesusa Rodríguez is a prominent director, actress, and social activist who has performed throughout Latin America, Canada, the United States, and Europe. Her works on stage or espectáculos (as both spectacles and shows) defy conventional categorizations, ranging from elite to popular, from Greek tragedy to cabaret, from pre-Columbian indigenous to opera, from revue, sketch, and carpa to performative interventions within political projects. She has earned numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim (1990), an Arts and Humanities grant by the Rockefeller Foundation (1994-1997), and an OBIE award for best actress by the Village Voice (2000) for her Las Horas de Belén (The Book of Hours). Lauded by cultural critics for her artistic talents and ingenious linking of social and aesthetic issues, Jesusa Rodríguez is one of the most creative and uncompromising voices in Mexico’s cultural and political stages. For fifteen years, she and her partner, the Argentine singer/actor Liliana Felipe, operated the legendary Teatro Bar El Hábito, an alternative performance space in Mexico City. Since closing El Hábito in 2005, they have continued to deploy their art, bodies, and words to enact social and political transformations. Rodríguez has used the stage, for example, to denounce the violence, corruption, and fraud plaguing the Mexican political system, the devastation of natural environments and communal forms of subsistence by predatory multinational corporations, and the profound injustices suffered by indigenous communities. Her artistic vision is one that ultimately seeks to create a more informed, critical, and empowered citizenry through the use of humor, aesthetics, poetry, and any other tool that her craft provides.