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Desiree Fernandes

MA CANDIDATE - Musical Theatre, African Studies, and Post-Colonial Cultural Identity

Desiree earned a BA in Theatre, Linguistics and Psychology from Northeastern University. During her time as an undergraduate, she costume-designed various shows while doing dramaturgical, directorial, and theater education work. While teaching playwriting to Cabo Verdean ESL students in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Desiree began thinking about the importance of cultural narratives in the arts. This became the missing link to her musical research that has taken over a decade to compile. During the fall 2017 semester, she released two singles and an EP, Unvieled, which feed into her thesis. In addition to being a full-time Gallatin graduate student and recording artist, Desiree works full-time for Data Conversion Laboratory. At Gallatin, Desiree is focusing on Musical Theatre, African Studies, and Post-Colonial Cultural Identity. Her thesis explores the reemergence of three styles of Cabo Verdean music post-independence and their important effect on Cabo Verdean cultural identity. Desiree wants to develop this thesis as the stepping stone for further exploration into her culture.