Al Evangelista

(he/him/his)

  • Assistant Professor

Education

  • MFA, University of Michigan
  • BA, University of California, San Diego

Biography

Al Evangelista is a performer, choreographer, and educator. His creative works have been performed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, American Theatre Company, Links Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, and Moss Arts Center. Evangelista’s work focuses on community-engaged practices, queer performance, social justice and Filipina/o/x-American diaspora. He also works in theatre, documentary-based work, and improvisatory collaboration.

Evangelista has danced in works for Dance Exchange, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Inconvenience, and performed at Chicago Opera Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, among others.

He is an affiliate faculty member of Oberlin's Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and a faculty fellow in the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech.

Fall 2022

Dance, Dance, Revolution — FYSP 158
Hip Hop Dance I - Beginning — DANC 180
Production Project — DANC 211
Practicum in Dance — DANC 311
Dance at Oberlin — DANC 338
Senior Project — DANC 400

Spring 2023

Contemporary Dance II-Intermediate — DANC 200
Production Project — DANC 211
Queer Gestures - Dance & Performance — DANC 270
Queer Gestures- Dance & Performance — GSFS 270
Contemporary Dance III - Advanced — DANC 300
Practicum in Dance — DANC 311
Senior Project — DANC 400

Notes

Al Evangelista Published in Special Issue of the "Journal of American Drama and Theatre"

June 7, 2022

Assistant Professor of Dance Al Evangelista was recently published in a special issue of the Journal of American Drama and Theatre. "The 'Asian American Dramaturgies' special issue of the Journal of American Drama and Theatre edited by ATDS Vice President Dr. Donatella Galella [is] one of the first journal issues in our field dedicated to Asian American theatre."

Al Evangelista Recently Published in "the journal of creative geography"

June 2, 2022

Assistant Professor of Dance Al Evangelista’s newest creative work, “garden says breathe” was published in you are here: the journal of creative geography. This queer ecologies issue is you are here's twenty-third issue and features “work of thirty-four writers, artists, and intellectuals.”

Al Evangelista Presents at Public History Conference

May 10, 2022

Assistant Professor of Dance Al Evangelista presented and participated in a panel, “Across the Border Between Theatre and Public History” at the 2022 National Council on Public History Conference held virtually, May 2-6.

Screendance by Al Evangelista is Selected for Three Film Festivals

March 18, 2022

Assistant Professor of Dance Al Evangelista recently had his screendance "Dragon Fruit" selected for three film festival premieres. "Dragon Fruit" will make its Midwest premiere at RAD Fest, Pacific Northwest premiere at Disorient, and international premiere at Queerbee.

Al Evangelista Interviewed for Dance Place Series

November 15, 2021

Assistant Professor of Dance Al Evangelista was interviewed by artist Matthew Cumbie for Dance Place’s “Creative Entry Journalism Series.”

Faculty and Staff present at Engineering and Liberal Education Symposium

October 4, 2021

Oberlin College and Conservatory Faculty and Staff Abby Aresty, Larissa Fekete, Abe Reshad, and Al Evangelista presented the multi-year collaboration, “ArtiFACT Project” at the 2021 Engineering and Liberal Education (E&LE) Symposium. As part of the Building Partnerships panel, they discussed Oberlin community partnerships and collaborations, highlighting technological innovations and Covid-19 pivots including digitation, technologies from Cooper Language Learning Lab, dance department films, and technologies from TIMARA. The E&LE Symposium provides a forum for educators and professionals to discuss the role of engineering at a liberal arts college and liberal arts in an engineering education.

Al Evangelista debuts new dance performance work in D.C. festival

June 29, 2021

Assistant Professor of Dance Al Evangelista debuted "Dragon Fruit," a new performance work as part of The Spill by Excessive Realness. The evening of new works was hosted by Washington, D.C.-based Dance Place's Gaze Festival

Al Evangelista presents choreographic work

March 30, 2021

Assistant Professor of Dance Al Evangelista presented his choreographic work in "Performing Public Histories" at the National Council on Public History Annual Meeting. In this roundtable, scholar-artists examine what the inadequacies and excesses of performance get right about history and what is made knowable about archival materials through embodiment.