Who are we?

Here you can find more information about the Root Map Crew, including some pictures, videos or links to other portfolio material!

  • Professor Debra Castillo, Cornell University. “Debra Castillo is Emerson Hinchliff Chair of Hispanic Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature,  former director of the Latin American Studies Program (two separate terms) and incoming director of the Latino/a Studies Program (beginning in January 2016). She is past president of the international, interdisciplinary Latin American Studies Association”. http://www.debracastillo.com/
  • Rosalie Purvis, Cornell PhD student (Performance and Media Arts)”Rosalie Purvis is a freelance theatre and movement director/performer whose work has been featured in NYC at Atlantic Theatre’s Second Stage, Theatre for the New City, the Brick Theatre, Dixon Place, Estrogenius Festival, the Culture Project, Teatro Circulo, Henry Street Settlement, 59 East 59, the Abingdon Theatre, Puerto Rican Traveling Company, Dance New Amsterdam, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and numerous other venues. She specializes in site specific, polyglot and movement performance, new work development, collaborative models, and directing productions with diverse groups of performers. Rosalie has taught most recently at Cornell University and Marlboro College, where she served as guest director and professor of theatre arts.  She has previously held teaching positions in ESOL, (creative and academic) writing and theatre at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Baruch College, Mercy College, Lehman College, Pace University, Brooklyn College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Putney School Summer Program.  She holds a BA in Creative Writing and Dance from Bard College, where she received the Ana Itelman Prize for Innovative Choreography, and and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Brooklyn College, where she was honored with a fellowship for Theatre Teaching Excellence. Rosalie is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Performing and Media Arts Department at Cornell University where she teaches and studies cross-cultural and cross-lingual borders and performance”. http://pma.cornell.edu/content/rosalie-purvis
  • Alejandra Rodriguez, recent Cornell graduate and dancer.
  • Elaigwu Ameh, Cornell PhD student (Performance and Media Arts). “Elaigwu Ameh is a doctoral student in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Arrupe College, University of Zimbabwe, where he was a recipient of the Arrupe College Book Prize for graduating with a First Class. Also, he holds an MA in Development Communication from the Department of Theatre and Performing Arts of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His publications include plays, poems, short stories, social commentaries, and academic essays. His short story, “Vagina Protest,” won the 2010 Centre for Human Development/Ford Foundation Writing Competition (prose category), while his climate change–centred play, Climate of Change, emerged third in the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) 2011 drama contest. The play also got a production grant from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria”. http://pma.cornell.edu/content/elaigwu-ameh
  • Debaroti Chakraborty, a dancer trained in classical Indian dance and Comparative Literature PhD from Jadavpur University in Kolkata. Sen Sharma and Chakraborty are also co-founders of Chaepani, a multi-disciplinary artist collective based in Kolkata. To keep up to date, go to: Chaepani facebook page
  • Samuel Bosco, Cornell PhD student (Horticulture), musical coordinator for US & Akwesasne performances. “Sam’s research focuses on temperate nut-based agroforestry in relation to the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse, aka Iroquois), non-Indigenous growers, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Utilizing historical, philosophical, social scientific, and horticultural methods, this will contribute to the intellectual, material, and social understandings of a sustainable regional food system that intersects social justice oriented research and research extension”. He’s also a multiinstrumentist player, who have coordinated the different musical performances every time Root Map has been performed. https://hort.cals.cornell.edu/people/samuel-bosco
  • Abraham Francis, Cornell graduate student (Natural Resources) who is also a member of the Akwesasne community and a liaison to this aspect of the project. “Abraham is a recent graduate of Cornell University. He was the recipient of many awards and when asked what interests him, he said that hefind great joy in learning about Mohawk history and traditions. He is passionate about medicine, researching different bacteria and feels drawn to helping his community. Currently his plans are to work for 1-2 years in Akwesasne, while exploring what he wants to pursue in graduate school, such as a PhD, Medicine or a Masters Degree. He is confident that the time spent working will give him the perspective that he needs in order to have a clear direction.” https://aiisp.cornell.edu/people/abraham-francis


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