Elvira Carrizal-Dukes

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Elvira Carrizal-Dukes
Assistant Professor of Practice, Chicano Studies

Elvira Carrizal Dukes, MFA, is a Doctoral Candidate in the Rhetoric and Composition program at The University of Texas at El Paso where she is an Assistant Professor of Practice and Undergraduate Academic Adviser for Chicana/o studies. Elvira teaches Chicana/o Cinema, Chicana/o Theatre, The Roots of Latina/o Hip Hop, and American Cinema of the US-Mexico Border.She has also taught Contemporary Hispanic Theatre and Drama, Technical Communication, Cinematic Genres, Screenwriting, Cinematic Directors, Film Theory and Criticism, and Feature Film Production - a Special Topics course. Previously, she was a Tenured Assistant Professor at El Paso Community College where she taught film, video, and media courses.Elvira earned her MFA degree in Film from Columbia University in the City of New York and a BA degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Journalism and Chicano Studies and a minor in Theatre Arts.She received a Knight Fellowship for the PhDigital Bootcamp at the Media Innovation Lab Texas State University, a Cindy and Dickie Selfe Fellowship for The Digital Media and Composition Institute at The Ohio State University, and a National Consortium of Environmental Rhetoric & Writing Writer-in-Residence Fellowship and was a research fellow for the UTEP Multilingual User-Experience Research Center. Elvira’s scholarship centers on community-based Chicanx filmmaking, comic books and visual rhetoric and composition.She is a filmmaker and the writer, director, and producer of Mariposa (2006) and The Weeping Pimp (2015). Elvira is the author of the published play "Father’s Shadow / Sombra del Padre" (Dramatic Publishing, 2001) winner of the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival Si TV Playwriting Award and Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Fellowship. Other produced plays written by Elvira include Escaping Juarez, P.I.G. (Pimps, Illegals, Gangsters), Silencio No Mas, and Border Ballad Twinkle Toe Patrol: A Chicanx Musical. Elvira is the author of the graphic novel A.W.O.L. (DUKEScomics, 2017). A.W.O.L. was exhibited at Tokyo Comic Con in 2018 and is available in English, Japanese, and soon Spanish. She/Her/Herself/Ella pronouns


  1. Filmmaker
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  3. Playwright