Luis received an MFA in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of Worlds Arts and Cultures/Dance.
His research and creative work center on the intersection of dance, puppet-theater, and storytelling. He is also actively engaged in progressive arts education as a teaching artist with ArtWorxLA. He is passionate to engage with low-income and at-risk populations in the context of student-centered arts education.
Alongside his activities in the postmodern performance world, he is equally interested to find ways to utilize the visual and performing arts in healing modalities. His recent travels to Japan and Indonesia have expanded his research scope to include examining how ancient and contemporary cultures have used the arts in ritual/ceremonial contexts. A current focus, which Luis us engaged in, is the study of how storytelling and performance with objects function to build cohesion in local communities. He is also examining how the visual and performing arts are harnessed to address social and political concerns of disenfranchised populations.
With Professor David Gere of the UCLA Art and Global Health Center (WAC/D) Luis has studied the Theorization of Arts Activism, studying the ways that the arts can function for social change around the world.
In addition to his studies within the Department of World Arts and Cultures, Luis has expanded his educational activities to include coursework in the Department of Chicano/Chicana studies at UCLA. With Professor Judith Baca of the Chicano/Chicana Studies Department and SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center) he has studied Community Cultural Development, as well as Arts Activism and Social Media.