(From left to right) Jonathan Wade, Esther Fernández, Jason Yancey, and Jared White.

(From left to right) Jonathan Wade, Esther Fernández, Jason Yancey, and Jared White.


Jason Yancey

JASON YANCEY, is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Grand Valley State University, specializing in Theater and Early Modern Spain. His teaching regularly blends language, literature, culture, performance, and outreach. Since 2010 he has taught a puppetry course where advanced students in Spanish learn to read and analyze children’s literature while they write and produce original puppet shows in Spanish, culminating in several weeks of performances for local Spanish immersion elementary schools. He is a recipient of GVSU’s Pew Excellence in Teaching Award (2015), with nearly 20 years of experience building and performing with puppets for diverse audiences in the United States and Mexico.


Esther Fernández

ESTHER FERNÁNDEZ is an Assistant Professor at Rice University. She is the author of Eros en escena: erotismo en el teatro del Siglo de Oro (Juan de la Cuesta, 2009) and co-editor of Diálogos en las tablas: Últimas tendencias de la puesta en escena del teatro clásico español (Reichenberger, 2014) and El teatro clásico en su(s) cultura(s): De los Siglos de Oro al siglo XXI (Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies, 2017). Dr. Fernández’s research interests have principally attended to eroticism and the Spanish comedia; visual and material culture; and performance analysis of classical theater’s most contemporary adaptations. Her most current research deals with animated props in ceremonial and theatrical contexts, where material representations of religious and ‘non-religious’ worlds took place in pre-modern Iberia and their contemporary legacies.


Jared White

JARED WHITE is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. His research interests consistently focus on Spanish theater, although he considers dramatic texts from multiple temporal periods--spanning the medieval era through contemporary forms. He performed as an actor in BYU's 2005 productions of El caballero de Olmedo and Las cortes de la muerte, as well as BYU's 2007 full-length play, El narciso en su opinión. Jared has years of experience teaching and sharing Spanish theater to diverse audiences, from elementary-age children to university students.


Jonathan Wade

JONATHAN WADE is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Meredith College where he teaches a variety of courses on language, literature, and culture. His scholarly work focuses on early modern Spanish and Portuguese literature, with particular emphasis on the comedia, Don Quixote and Cervantes, and Iberian Studies (1580-1640) . Since the early 2000s, when he participated in a series of Spanish Golden Age theater performance classes at Brigham Young University, theater has been a constant part of his learning and teaching. He is the author of Being Portuguese in Spanish: Re-imagining Early Modern Iberian Literature (1580-1640) (Purdue University Press, 2020).


Dig into the scholarship behind the performance!

Publications on puppetry


Fernández, Esther, Jonathan Wade, Jared White, and Jason Yancey. "When Shadows 'Move': The Art of Outreach through Shadow Puppets." Forthcoming In Living the Comedia. Essays in Memory of Amy Williamsen. Vol. II. Eds. Robert Bayliss, Judith Caballero, Esther Fernández, Yuri Porras. New Orleans: University Press of the South.

Fernández, Esther. “From the Cross to the Stage: Divine Puppets and Spectacular Saints in Early Modern Spanish Culture.” Hispania (2018).

---. “The Languages of Puppetry: Re-writing Early Modern Iberian Theater in the Contemporary Stage.” Romance Notes 55.1 (2015): 17-26.

---. “Escenarios alternativos: El lenguaje de los títeres en la ficción cervantina.” Hipogrifo: Revista de literatura y cultura del Siglo de Oro 1.2 (2013): 17-29. 

---. “Santos de Palo: La máquina real y el poder de lo inanimado.” Modern Language Notes 128.2 (2013): 420-32.

---. “Viaje del Parnaso: Una odisea de títeres en escena.” Cervantes 31.2 (2011): 85-103.


Fernández, Esther. “De lo que me encontré en una maleta abandonada a la salida de un teatro en Montevideo” (La Máquina Real). Dir. Claudio Hochman. Comedia Performance 13.1 (2016): 196-203.

---. “Don Juan: memoria amarga de mí.” Dir. Maria Castillo. Comedia Performance 11.1 (2014): 226-29.

---. “Lo fingido verdadero de Lope de Vega” (La Máquina Real). Dir. Claudio Hochman. Comedia Performance 10.1 (2013): 227-31.


Yancey, Jason. “Ready-made Puppet Shows or a New Vision for Outreach. An Interview with Jason Yancey.” Forthcoming in Puppetry International 46 (Puppet Mechanics).

Fernández, Esther. “Cara a cara con los clásicos: Entrevista con Miquel Gallardo, Companyia Pelmànec.” Gestos 56 (2013): 177-85.

---. “La máquina real en el siglo XXI: Entrevista con Jesús Caballero.” Gestos 54 (2012): 174-82.

—-. “Recovering the Intangible Art of Baroque Puppetry: Interview with Jesús Caballero.” Puppetry International 45 (Our Intangible Heritage): 29-31 & 39.


¡Quijóteres! The Ingenious Puppet, Don Quijote de la Mancha (2013-14). 2013 performances at Buena vista University (IOWA), Grand valley state University (MICHIGAN), And Meredith college (North carolina). 2014 performances at southern indiana university (indiana) and michigan state university (michigan).

Antona García (2012). Performance at chamizal national memorial siglo de oro festival in El Paso, TEXAS.

ADAPTATIONS of Los muertos vivos, by Luis Quiñones de Benavente and El Marión, by Francisco de Quevedo (2012). performances by Jason Yancey’s SPANISH 350 students at GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY (MICHIGAN).

Puppet Theater (2010-present). performances by Jason Yancey’s SPANISH 380 and SPANISH 350 students at grand Valley State University (Michigan).

Selected publications on theater, performance, and outreach

Wade, Jonathan. “Recasting the Collective Protagonist: A Ballet Adaptation of Fuenteovejuna.” Comedia Performance 13.1 (2016): 62-104.

---. “Manuel de Faria e Sousa and Comedia Culture: Resituating Portugal on the Early Modern Spanish Stage.” Miríada Hispánica 4 (2012): 109-21.

---. “Patriotism and Revolt: Uncovering the Portuguese in Ângela de Azevedo.” Bulletin of the Comediantes 59.2 (2007): 325-44.

White, Jared. “Inaudible Resistance: How La Cava Found Her Voice.” MLN 132.2 (2017): 255-71. 

---. “An Anonymous Don Juan: The Meaning of the Proper Name.” Gestos 58 (2014): 51-63.

YANCEY, JASON. “Four Decades of the Chamizal Siglo de Oro Drama Festival and the Evolution of Comedia Performance.” Remaking the Comedia: Spanish Classical Theater in Adaptation. Harley Erdman and Susan Paun de Garcia, eds. Tamesis, 2015.

---. Directing the Comedia in the Twenty-first Century: Translating Culture through Performance.” The Mercurian 1.4 (2008): 7-11.