Larissa A. Irizarry

  • Graduate Student, Musicology

I am a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh in the musicology department. The papers I’ve presented focus on issues of gender in 21st-century opera. My other current projects rely on queer theory and critical race theory in plotting the codification of homonormativity in the casting practices of Jesus Christ Superstar (1970). My future projects include musical theatre and the casting of those who occupy the liminal position of “brown.” More precisely, I want to discover the role the ethnically ambiguous play in disrupting the discourse confined to the racial binary of black versus white.