My research areas of interest are Latinx and Latin American theatre and performance, Theatre for Social Change, Applied Theatre, and Performance Studies.




The University of Kansas. Department of Theatre.

  • Ph.D. Theatre. 2017.

   Dissertation: Performing National Identity, Civic Resistance, and Cultural Memory in Costa Rica's Mask Traditions.

  • M.A. Theatre and Film. 2007.

   Thesis: Latin American Theatre for Social Change: The Case of Augusto Boal and Enrique Buenaventura.


Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica. School of Performing Arts.

  •  Lic. Performing Arts. Acting Concentration. 2005 (MFA equivalent).

  •  B.A. Theatre. Acting Concentration. 2003.


Additional Training in Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO Org., 2006); Sexuality Education from a Human Rights, Gender and Diversity Perspective (UNA, 2006); Pedagogical Mediation in the Classroom (UNA, 2008); Engaged-Participant Methodologies (UNA, 2008); Creative Pedagogy (UNA, 2009); Documenting Learning Experiences (UNA,2009); Psychodrama (ICOPSI, 2009); Normative Aspects of University Administration (UNA, 2009); Curricular Design in Theatre and the Arts (UNA-HKU,  2010); Theatre Criticism (TPMS, 2010); Ludo-Pedagogy (La Mancha/Signos, 2011); Interdisciplinary work in Arts (UNA, 2011) and Interdisciplinary Dimensions of Artistic Education (UNA, 2011).



  • Sandi-Diaz, Gina. “Comedy Acting for Theatre: The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies. By Sidney Homan and Brian Rhinehart” (Book Review). Methods: A Journal of Acting Pedagogy, V.4, 133-35. Pace University Press, 2018.

  • Sandi-Diaz, Gina. “Teatro Aplicado en el Contexto de la Promoción de la Salud Mental.” Conexiones para la Creatividad: Generación de Dispositivos Artístico-Creativos que Intervienen en el Bienestar Social desde una Mirada Fenomenológica. Edited by Enid Sofia Zúñiga Murillo, Heredia: EUNA, 2016. 97-108. 

  • Sandi-Diaz, Gina. Teatro popular y cambio social. CAMPUS. Universidad Nacional.  Heredia, Costa Rica.  June, 2010. (University newspaper).

  • Sandi-Diaz, Gina. Teatro con la gente.  LA NACION. San José, Costa Rica.  May 25, 2008. (Nationwide newspaper)


Grants and Awards:

  • Provost 2018-2019 Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Awardee. Agustin Lira: Living in Magic Realism.

  • Reed College Professional Development for Future Faculty Conference Awardee. 2017

  • Diversity Leadership Award. Awarded to the Interactive Theatre Troupe. KU, 2016-2017.

  • Rosemarie Bank ATDS Fellowship Award. KU, 2016-2017.

  • Joseph R. Roach Dissertation Research Award. KU, 2016-2017.

  • Ethel Hinds Burch Outstanding GTA in Theatre Award. KU, 2016-2017.

  • Adah Clarke Hagan Scholarship in Theatre Award. KU, 2016-2017; 2015-2016.

  • Tinker Foundation Research Travel Grant. KU, 2015.

  • Community Outreach Faculty Award. Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica, 2010.

  • ISEP-UNA Fellowship. Awarded to pursue M.A. Studies in Theatre at the University of Kansas, 2005-2007.

  • Distinguished Student in Theatre Award. Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica, 2003.