Dr. Kimberly del Busto Ramírez, Professor of English at CUNY-LaGuardia, teaches composition, dramatic literature, and playwriting. Their specializations include drama and performance related to the unaccompanied children’s exodus Operation Pedro Pan that transported their mother, aunt, uncle, and 14,045 other Cuban children to the United States.
A creative academic with an M.F.A. in Playwriting and a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance, Dr. Ramírez's work straddles various types of pages and stages. They have presented at conferences including the International Federation for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Society for Theatre Research, and International Hispanic Theatre Festival and published scholarly writing in Recent Trends in Latino and Latin American Performing Arts, Label Me Latina/o: Journal of Twentieth & Twenty-first Century Literary Production, 50 Key Latin American and Latinx Theatre Artists, HowlRound Theatre Commons, Theatre Journal, Cuban Studies Journal, Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature. Published versions of their plays and monologues can be found in Label Me Latina/o: Journal of Twentieth & Twenty-first Century Literary Production, Basta!: Latinas Write on Gender Violence (University of Nevada-Reno Latino Research Center), Collages & Bricolages Journal of International Writing, Mother/Daughter Monologues (International Centre of Women Playwrights Press) and We-Us: Monologues for Gender Minority Characters (Smith & Kraus).
Dr. Ramírez's original dramatic writing has been presented at Breath of Fire Latina Theatre, Teatro Luna, Repertorio Español, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Teatro del Pueblo, WOW Café Theatre, Nuyorican Poets Café, Teatro IATI, Arte Latino Now, Primary Stages, Drama Book Shop’s Arthur Saleen Theatre, Hippodrome State Theatre, Latin American Theatre Today Festival, Edward Albee’s Great Plains Theatre Conference, Maieutic Theatre/MT Works, Southeastern Theatre Conference, 21st Century Playwrights Festival, Morris-Jumel Mansion with People’s Theatre Project, Tribeca Performing Arts Center with America-in-Play, Martin E. Segal Theatre, the Spoon Theatre, Hudson Opera House, and Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Educational readings and performances with Dos Alas Theatre have been featured nationwide, at NYC venues and recognized by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.
Dr. Ramírez is an active member of The Dramatists Guild, Speranza Theatre Company’s Women[+] Playwrights’ Circle, The Players founded by Edwin Booth (including its Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion committee), and also currently serves as a critic for Talkin' Broadway and a nominator/voter on the Lucille Lortel Awards Committee in recognition of excellence in Off-Broadway theatre. An incurably homesick Miami native, Kimi can also be found simulating subtropical environments on their unusual New York City patio in midtown Manhattan.
See also Curriculum Vitæ.