Raquel Almazan: interdisciplinary artist, facilitator and activist. (B.F.A. – Theatre, U of F. /M.F.A. – Playwriting, Columbia University). Her eclectic career spans original multi-media solo performances, playwriting, new work development and dramaturgy.
She is a practitioner of Butoh Dance and the creator/teacher of arts programs for youth/adults, several of which focus on social justice. Her work has been featured in New York City- including Off-Broadway, throughout the United States and internationally in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Colombia, Guatemala and Sweden; including several of her plays within her lifelong project on writing bi-lingual plays in dedication to each Latin American country (Latin is America play cycle). Professional Development residencies with the Eugene O’Neill Center Playwrights Conference and The Playwrights' Center. Recipient of Kennedy Center’s Latinidad Award for her play CAFÉ, the Kate Neal Kinley Playwriting Fellowship and the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Prize. She is Artistic Director of La Lucha Arts dedicated to producing her new works.
She is the writer/performer of solo and ensemble theatre pieces, which explore the influence of myth and history on modern female sexuality and social power. Her work addresses cultural identity, gender inequality and sexual violence, colonialism and economic injustice, globalization, and the rights of indigenous peoples. The LIA play cycle creates dialogue that decolonialize events, language and histories in the United States and Latin America by examining how the aftermath of colonialism and the emerging symptoms of neocolonialism affect lives today. www.raquelalmazan.com