performance | writing | direction

Community and Academic Arts


raquelportrait1 talk back cafe  Almazan – post talk back session

Local New York City and touring residencies for booking:

Length of residencies are optional and designed for organizations and colleges/ universities.

Almazán’s work deals with cultural identity, gender inequality and sexual violence, colonialism and economic injustice, globalization, and the rights of indigenous peoples – all themes directly related to promoting diversity and social justice.

Theatre Touring /Organizations

Integrating original performances with youths to adults through community arts. In this workshop participants explore the creative and developmental process of solo/group work based on real life experiences, oral histories and autobiographical material within a variety of themes. These workshops can be complimented with complete or excerpt performances of Raquel’s original work. Residency projects can include a social justice focus or talk back session with performance/writing participants on creating new work to enact change in their communities.

Universities- Colleges

Presentation of solo performance of monologues from a variety of plays, followed by a post-performance Q&A with audience members moderated university faculty.

Workshops within departments can engage students with themes related to the plays that are performed. In addition, classes in different disciplines have the option of meeting together to foster discussion that embraces varying perspectives.

This residency serves undergraduate and graduate students in several ways. First, students will view a performance that will engage them with characters whose lives and contexts are vastly different from their own, or characters that reflect Latino communities like their own, thereby illuminating the struggles endured by those who are represented through characters. They will engage in post-performance discussions with the actor/playwright.

Latino Theater students, Foreign Languages Departments and Creative degree seeking students will benefit from a workshop with the actor/playwright, gaining insight into all aspects of the creative process of conceiving, writing, acting, and staging a play today. With the option of creating original work that is inspired by Almazan’s work and or generating material that addresses the needs/goals of the university students.

Social, political, education, women’s studies degree seeking students will benefit from having the actor/playwright visit their classes to discuss the connections between her work and the multiple diversity and social justice themes the work deals with and how to build social change through theatre.

Latin is America: The lecture performance

Her performance of monologues from three plays in her Latin is America play cycle: CAFÉ, LA PALOMA PRISONER and LA NEGRA create an interactive event where audiences engage in the themes and create dialogue with the artist. Delving powerfully into race, gender, sexuality, globalization, and indigenous rights.

Premiere residency at Bridgewater State University was supported and included participation by the following departments: Department of Foreign Languages, the Department of Theater, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, US Ethnic and Indigenous Studies, American Studies, and the Institute for Social Justice.