María José Contreras Lorenzini

Assistant Professor, School of Theatre, Catholic University, Chile

Dr. María José Contreras is a performance artist and Professor in the Theater School at the Catholic University in Chile, as well as an actress and theatre director. Her creative work and her research focus on the relationship between the body, memory and performance. She has worked as a theatre director in both Chile and Europe. Some of her recent performances include: El Examen (2011), enacted over a 24-hour period in Plaza Italia, Santiago; Prefijos, which took place in the National Stadium; “Conchitusión,” at Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, Santiago; and “#quererNOver,” an urban intervention that involved 1200 people lying in the streets of Santiago.