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Raquel Almazan 2020-21 Event Dates


La Lucha Arts presents:  La Paloma Prisoner was programmed as part of the Next Door series with New York Theatre Workshop for a full theatrical run, directed by Estefania Fadul. ORIGINAL DATES POSTPONED DUE TO COVID, NEW DATES TBA

La Paloma Prisoner Project: La Paloma Prisoner is a theatre project by Raquel Almaƶán about the reclamation of identity by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in the prison system. Developed from her longstanding work with incarcerated and impacted communities, alongside a series of initiatives aimed at raising awareness and inciting action towards the end of global mass incarceration. The project includes programs designed to uplift the voices and narratives of current and formerly incarcerated women-identified folx of color through workshops in prisons, conversation circles, advocacy and panel discussions leading up to the production’s run.



2021 EVENTS 

NOVEMBER 15TH FROM 7PM – 8:30PM CST TIME -ONLINE VIA ZOOM with The Playwrights Center

Submitting Series Part II: The Artistic Statement taught by Affiliated Writer Raquel Almazan

“If we do not define for ourselves who we are, what is important to us and why, others will define this for us.”

         —Raquel Almazan


Who are you as an artist? Why do you create stories for the stage? This class is designed to help you reshape and articulate how to express your artistic goals and expression with an artistic statement. Together we will workshop how to develop your own artistic statement, resume/bio, and play synopsis in preparation for submissions.




We Will Not be Tamed, an FGM story by Jibeh Fatty

As the practice of female genital mutilation continues, how do survivors and those at risk protect themselves and future generations of women? This 13 min documentary We Will Not be Tamed is directed by New York City teenage survivor Jibeh Fatty as she highlights her narrative within a global context. Featuring survivor Gnama Griffin and Imam Mohammad Abdoul and a platform that connects an international movement breaking the silence of victimization where women share their personal stories to create political and social change.

Directed by Jibeh Fatty

Content Direction and Produced by Raquel Almazan

Associate Director and Additional Editing: Suzette Burton

City Lore Education Program, Urban Explorers Films

Funded by: The Pinkerton Foundation

Join us for the world premiere screening and vital conversation on how we can come together as a united global community towards eradicating female genital mutilation.

Open Zoom ID: 847 8400 4315

Facebook Live:


PRIDE STORIES FILM RELEASE: June 2021, Life Jacket Theatre partnered with the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project to support LGBTQIA+ immigrants share their urgent stories with a series of short docs. Storytelling Coaches: Raquel Almazan & Drew Drake. Video: Jeremy Kotin. Support: Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York – Funds for Anti-Oppression Work. Watch the films


The Grand Culiminaton Event June 2021, of the powerhouse youth of Urban Explorers @ City Lore. For three years Almazan has had the honor of directing this program for youth of color. The body of work includes award winning doc films, BLM Music Videos, interdisciplinary poetry and visual art. With Teaching Artists Suzette Burton Graceface Killah Baba Israel and Eva Lia Pedriglieri. 


AAPI Heritage Month! May 26th, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST : Film screening of two urgent short documentaries, Sweet Home Chinatown? and Flavors of New York, produced within the City Lore youth program Urban Explorers, directed by Raquel Almazan. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion between the young filmmakers and featured voices from the films, including public artist Tomie Arai, chef Olesia Lew and fifth-generation small business owner Mei Lum. The conversation will address small businesses survival in the face of gentrification and COVID, anti-Asian violence and bias, and the future of the Lower East Side as a sanctuary for immigrant communities and independent enterprise. #AAPIHeritageMonth #AAPI


April – May 2021
Short term on demand cinematic reading series Escena Sur: Short Stories
Lo que pasó by Mariana Enriquez (in Spanish)
Directed by Raquel Almazan
Performed by Carmen Borla
Director of photography Sam Falconi
Edited by Eva Lia Pedriglieri



April 2021

Newly commissonied poem, “Ripped” exploring radical new ways of loving for Love Redefined: Ritual.


March 2021

A new poem honoring Angela Davis – all sacred womxn! Presented by Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Celebrate Women’s History Month, creating the live streamed show “Women Making Herstory”! A line up of powerful women writing about the women who inspired them!



La Paloma Prisoner Project on the Kilroys List honoring canceled or postponed productions due to the COVID-19 pandemic written by woman, trans, and gender non-binary writers. Incredible company to be in, our work will live on!

Kilroys site:

American Theatre Magazine Article:

A reading of the Spanish translation of La Paloma Prisoner by Mariana Carreño King and Raquel Almazan was presented virtually by Repertorio Español on June 16th 2020. Directed by Estefanía Fadul. Cast: Zuelma Clares, Dalia Davi, Gladys Perez-Mojica, Zuleyma Guevara, Monica Steuer, Teresa Yenque, Andrea Abello, Francisco Arcila, Gerardo E. Gudiño.


As a survivor and advocate, I’m honored to be part of this vital conversation with Marin Ireland. Join us April Tuesday 28th from 3pm to 4pm. Host: Kathleen Chalfant: Guest Speaker: Lia Avellino, Bea Hanson, Raquel Almazan. With Playwright/ Actor Marin Ireland. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Please join Relational Psychotherapist, Lia Avellino and Executive Director of the NYC Domestic Violence Task Force, Bea Hanson, and theater artist Raquel Almazan in discussing the increase of domestic violence during this time of COVID.

Marin Ireland will read an excerpt from her new Preexisting Condition during this event. Preexisting Condition is a play about learning how we move on. How we move on from an act of violence. A woman tries and tries again. Who do we turn to, and why. What questions do we need to ask, and how do we begin.





SEPTEMBER 26th, 27th 2019 – LA NEGRA: A theatrical installation / An event to Honor your Dead.  Sept 26th, 27th @ 7pm. Presented by La Lucha Arts and Bric Arts- 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NYC. TICKETSHERE

A Multi-disciplinary play: Drug Cartel Queen LA NEGRA takes a ritualistic journey from child prostitute to Patron Saint of Mexican outcasts- Santa Muerte. Siete, her top drug pusher lover, a Gringo tourist painter, and hundreds of street children inhabit her world towards possible peace for Mexico.

Produced by Elisabeth Ng and Raquel Almazan’s La Lucha Arts.

Directed by Mei Ann Teo.

Cast: Raquel Almazan, Bobby Plasencia, Dana Watkins, Nicolle Marquez, Yadira De La Riva and Zuleyma Guevara

Set Design: Benjamin Rojas

Lighting Design: Daisy Long

Sound Design: Drew Weinstein

Projection Design: Izmir Ickbal


JUNE 2019 – June 13, 14th. Cross//Roads: Reframing the Immigrant Narrative (work in progress), a theatrical bilingual (English and Spanish) project that explores the Latinx immigrant experience. Almazan wrote and devised this collaboration with an ensemble of six Latinx immigrant actors, produced by La Micro Theatrre @ La Tea Theatre in NYC.


For information on attending Almazan’s performances and residency activities- CONTACT HERE.

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