Almazan quotes from Interviews and Publications.
“I hope I never have to see a couch onstage again.” – The New York Times, 2020
“One of my lifelong goals is to decolonize,” says Almazan. “It is a lifelong process. I may not even get there at the end. But through this work I realize that it’s not just in the content of the work, it’s how we make the work.” W Magazine, 2022
“My hope is that an anti-oppression, anti-racist framework is instilled in every theater, as we are going to need a framework of maintaining our community in order to continue as a field. I hope that urgency in narratives, what is most at stake, stories of people of color, and immigrant representation are prioritized on stages.” 3Views on Theater Online Publication, 2021
“My characters and I are saying and committing actions that societally have been reserved for men, and it’s been part of my journey that I must fight a psychological and physical battle to continue writing. People need stories the way they need water. Our stories are our culture, our history, and a map for our future.” Pen America- Pen Ten Interview, 2020
“I deeply believe that the initiatives of the Independent Theatre Fund/Indie Space, are leading the movement towards sustaining and strengthening the independent theatre community and ultimately the entire ecosystem of NYC theatre at large. I’m honored to be a part of this radical movement as Board Chair where the spectrum of New York City theatres and it’s communities can unite towards a more equitable and resourced field.” Broadway World, 2020
The thousands of young people that I created art with are now creating the movements that are challenging the current oppressive forces. I see that with storytelling. It’s not only the inspiration or the spark of imagination that’s happening, but the question of power comes into play. Who has it, how do I claim my own power and take back power that was taken from me? The vitality of literacy is about doing something active with your language. Young artists, they’re also reshaping their own futures.” Pen America, Works of Justice, 2019
“Art is a place for healing, it is also a place for large philosophical ideas. Societies are still shaped around this exchange and if we do not have young people engaging with the arts at all levels, then we cease to be a society that contemplates, that responds, that activates creativity in all its citizens. The arts allow people the ability to be heard, the ability to articulate thoughts, feelings and political centers through storytelling and craft. To be able to dream solutions that seem intangible but through some possibility we create new goals for humanity.” The Huffington Post, 2017