As a writer/performer my aim is to use a full spectrum of approaches on creating new work within an interdisciplinary process. My work is text based, in fusion with physical and ritualistic stage elements as well as visual-media, choreography, sound and stagecraft. Laban, Grotowski, Biomechanics, Suzuki Training, Clowning, Theatre of the Oppressed and Butoh Dance have shaped my aesthetic and philosophical approaches. I strive to create original pieces with arts-collaborators, material that is provocative, humorous, startling, political and challenging. In my practice of theatre I seek to always create an alchemy of the body, the space and spirit; to tear down the hierarchy of institutional power that affects artists in the professional theatre making process and how it limits our connection to audiences.
I write and perform solo and ensemble theatre pieces, which explore the influence of myth and history on modern female sexuality and social power. (SHE WOLVES, PORNING THE PLANET- The De- Sensitization of a Nation, SEVENTEEN DAYS.) Part of my ongoing process is to perform/ participate at social- political conferences and events. Women’s Playwriting International Conference Stockholm, Sweden and Rome, Italy for World Theatre Day at the Performing Gender and Violence in Contemporary National and Transnational Contexts Conference: international panel discussion on violence against women and how it is reflected in my work. With each play I write, collaboration arises with a scholar, a community, with other writers on the subject I tackle: prison, pornography and prostitution with Jane Caputi, Aurora G. Morcillo, Denise Brennan and Penny Arcade. Creating a feedback session that is vital to my process as an artist.
My life long project, (LATIN IS AMERICA play cycle) and lecture-performance, a collection of bi-lingual works in dedication to each Latin American country, including the Caribbean – Diaspora: connects ancient ritual from cultures that have been stifled by imperialism, linking them to modern day cultural rituals; through field work, scholarly research and social festivals. Creating models and dialogue towards de-colonial options by examining how the power structure of colonialism is still affecting lives today. The 1937 Haitian Massacre (THE RIVER’S EDGE) Mexican Drug Goddess that becomes La Santa Muerte (LA NEGRA –Mexico) Tracing five generations on a Guatemalan coffee farm (CAFÉ). Rape culture becomes personal Costa Rican mythology (EL ODIO DE UN PAIS- The Hate of a Country). Dominican prostitutes box themselves as cargo to conqueror the Old World (THE HOPEFULNESS or LA ESPERANZA). The MS-13 Gang in El Salvador are the new Lenca legends, an Agamemnon war cycle occurring all over again (AZAMEMNO). The Zipa people beautifying the body to honor indigenous Colombian Gods becomes a beauty pageant for incarcerated women today (LA PALOMA PRISONER).
As an arts facilitator to children, teens and institutionalized women, I was moved and inspired to create work about women, their history and a voice for their futures. My art programs promote personal growth, develops life skills through art-making and self- expression. How art can serve as a tool for social change, a methodology of building theatre that opens hearts and minds to propel action. Work that includes programs with Latino immigrant youth/adults, with a focus on social justice forum plays and interactive audience participation. As well as a works in progress: one act series immigrant play cycle (LA MIGRA TACO TRUCK and DAR A LUZ).
As the artistic director of La Lucha Arts, I am dedicated to producing new works, in contribution for transformational arts participation between audiences and artists. As I look to a future where my work is continuing to aid organizations, movements, and individuals towards creating a platform for the marginalized and abandoned.
Latin is America statement HERE