A couple of students walking on campus with yellow leaves of Ginkgo Biloba surrounding them.

Prof. Ignacio Infante is one of the Arts & Sciences fall 2022 SPEED grant winners

The internal seed grant program “Seeding Projects for Enabling Excellence & Distinction” (SPEED) aims to spur novel and impactful research, scholarship, and creative practice initiatives led by tenure-track and research faculty in Arts & Sciences. These semiannual awards of up to $50,000 support the exploration and development of new scholarly and creative pathways across disciplines in and beyond Arts & Sciences.

Prof. Ignacio Infante is part of this cohort of awardees with the project: Black Orpheus: Translating Vinicíus de Moraes’s Orfeu da Conceição to Page and Stage

Julia Walker, chair of the Performing Arts Department and professor of English and performing arts, will work with Mary Jo Bang, professor of English; Aaron Coleman, MFA ‘15, PhD ‘22; Ignacio Infante, associate professor of comparative literature and Spanish; Ron Himes, the Henry E. Hampton, Jr. Artist-in-Residence in the Performing Arts Department; and Brazil-based translator Rane Souza to produce the first English language translation of Orfeu da Conceição (1956), a play by Brazilian poet Vinícius de Moraes. The team aims to publish an annotated critical translation of the play in English and produce a full-stage version of the musical through a collaboration between the Performing Arts Department and the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre Company.


To learn more about the other winning projects, click here