Dr. Trevor Boffone is a Houston-based educator, writer, and producer. He is a lecturer in the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Houston and a Spanish teacher at Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Boffone is a scholar and public intellectual whose commentary on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and community in theatre and performance has appeared in American Theater Magazine, Theatre Journal, Latin American Theatre Review, HowlRound, Arts+Culture Texas, and Houston Press, among other publications. As an advocate for Latinx theatre, Dr. Boffone is the founder of the 50 Playwrights Project and serves on the National Steering Committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons. From 2018-2020, he was the producer of the Sin Muros: A Latinx Theatre Festival at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, Texas.
He is the creator of the @dr_boffone Instagram account which features his work using Dubsmash, dancing, and music to connect with his students in a large urban public school. @dr_boffone quickly went viral and Dr. Boffone was featured on Good Morning America and ABC13 Houston. He has since been featured on ABC News, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, The Shade Room, and Localish in addition to numerous local outlets.
Dr. Boffone is the author of Renegades: Digital Dance Cultures from Dubsmash to TikTok (Oxford University Press, 2021). He is the editor of TikTok Cultures in the United States (Routledge, 2022). He is the co-author of Latinx Teens: U.S. Popular Culture on the Page, Stage, and Screen (University of Arizona Press, 2022). He is the co-editor of Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater (Northwestern University Press, 2019); Teatro Latino: Nuevas obras de los Estados Unidos (La Casita Grande, 2019); Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and Freaks: Outsiders in Chicanx/Latinx Young Adult Literature (University Press of Mississippi, 2020); Shakespeare and Latinidad (Edinburgh University Press, 2021); and Seeking Common Ground: Latinx and Latin American Theatre and Performance (Methuen Drama, 2021).
His current book project, TikTok Broadway: Musical Theatre in the Digital Age, explores the relationship between Broadway musicals and the social media app TikTok to demonstrate the cultural capital that Generation Z has to make or break a musical, even if they are unaware that they are engaging with the musical at all.
He holds a Ph.D. in Latinx theatre and literature from the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston where he holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. He has an MA in Hispanic Studies from Villanova University and a BA in Spanish from Loyola University New Orleans.