Nadia Directs “The House of Bernarda Alba,” SSC’s First Bilingual Production

Nadia directs “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” at Seminole State College (SSC). The play was performed in both English and Spanish, making this SSC’s first full Spanish speaking production!

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Nadia is humbled by her return to SSC’s stage as a director and she considers this a wonderful opportunity to support and showcase Latin American Talent.

2017-11-17_SLM_The_House_of_Bernarda_Alba-120“It is an honor for me to direct this production and especially to have the opportunity to also perform it in its original language, Spanish. I am thrilled to be part of the first ever Spanish speaking play produced at the Seminole State College. In my work, I am very interested in decolonization through theater, meaning recognizing the values, realities, experiences, truths, and voices that have been silenced by cultural hegemony. While The House of Bernarda Alba is a European play, doing theater in Spanish in the context of the United States is, in my opinion, an act of decolonization; and in the case of this production, decolonization is also having a group of actresses (yes, all women) proudly showcasing their different Latin American dialects in Spanish and their Latino accent in English. Through our work, we are providing a space to recognize the Latin American experiences and contributions, which often times are erased, denied, and devalued.”

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The play was very well received by both the English speaking and the Spanish speaking audiences and received wide press coverage.

Click below to see reviews and press links, including an interview with WMFE’s Spotlight.

WMFE Spotlight (Make sure to play the audio!)

Orlando Sentinel, Review

Telemundo Orlando Interview

Mi Show De La Mañana, Radio

Show de Lucimar, Radio

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Nadia is thrilled and thankful to share this experience with such wonderful group of women!

Nadia is one of the Organizers of the IV Latin American Theater of the Oppressed Festival!

Nadia was one of the Organizers of the IV Latin American Theater of the Oppressed Festival, which took place in Matagalpa, Nicaragua (the previous festivals have taken place in Argentina, Guatemala, and Bolivia). The Festival gathered over 300 people from 23 countries including Germany, Spain, Canada, and the U.S. There were 14 performances, 7 different workshops, public space interventions, work in 20 communities around the country, workshop performances, a closing parade and more magical activities. IMG_0311The Festival promoted an environment for reflection and discussion about social issues such as racism, prejudice and discrimination on the basis of race, gender, disabilities and sexual orientation, gender violence and gender disparities, migration and immigration, machismo, Eltostreet harassment, the myths and oppressions of romantic love (as defined by society), LGBTQ rights, and feminism, among others.

It was a wonderful event that brought together talent, love, and social action. Nadia is proud to have been one of the organizers of such incredible event!

Nadia helps coordinate the First “Encuentro Centroamericano de Arte Comunitario, Masculinidades y Buen Vivir” in Guatemala! She also taught one of the main workshops offered!

IMG_0079Nadia helped coordinate the first “Encuentro Centroamericano de Arte Comunitario, Masculinidades y Buen Vivir” (“Central American Community Art, Masculinities, and Good Living Forum”) in Guatemala! This “Encuentro” focused on weaving alliances and promoting exchange scenarios between existing networks in Central America while creating a suitable environment for reflection and dialogue about hegemonic masculinity and gender violence. It proposed community art as a way to transform power relations in order to promote other ways of experiencing masculinity and other ways to relate to one an other and to mother earth. Such relations have “good living” as its basis as they promote harmonious, respectful and responsible relationships with nature while promoting the full physical, emotional and spiritual development of all individuals.

IMG_0081 Along with her work partner and organizer of the Encuentro, Otto Manrique, she also taught one of the main workshops offered: Teatro Foro y Masculinidad (Forum Theater and Masculinity). The Encuentro, which brought together 100 people from all over Central America, including indigenous groups, was a total success! Nadia is grateful for the opportunity to be part of this incredible event. She is happy to facilitate spaces were community art, alternative masculinities, and good living come together.

Nadia is working on a Community Art Project in Nicaragua!

Community Art 2For the past two months, Nadia has been working on a Community Art
project in a low-income neighborhood in León, Nicaragua. This project is sponsored by United Nations, and it is part of a “plan de desarrolllo comunitario” (community development plan) which has as central theme the prevention and eradication of the violence against women. This project is being launched by the organizations Relajo Nicaragua and the Colectivo Zanquistas Fuego y Son. The first phase of the project has focused on a “diagnóstico comunitario participativo” (participatory community diagnosis/research), in which the researchers/facilitators teach workshops using tools such as theater, and along with people from he neighborhood, through art, they research the needs and desires of the community, as well as the ideas, perceptions and practices related to hegemonic masculinity, sexual and reproductive rights, and gender violence. Community Art 1 Nadia, along with her colleagues Otto Manrique and Fernanda Siles, is working closely with the inhabitants of the Tomás Borge neighborhood, especially with a group of teens who thanks to this project, are now using art not only to reflect about their own reality, but also to ask questions and to raise awareness about violence.

Nadia teaches a Theater of the Oppressed module for the first “Community Art School” in Nicaragua!

Escuela de arte 1Nadia just taught a Theater of the Oppressed module for the Escuela de Arte Comunitario (Community Art School) in Nicaragua. It was an intense two day workshop, full of emotions and colors. Escuela 2 Nadia taught along side of her colleges Otto Manrique and Fernanda Siles. The workshop included an introduction to Theater of the Oppressed and explored techniques such as Image Theater and Newspaper Theater. Nadia was both, excited and humbled to have the opportunity to share with such a wonderful group. Theater is powerful!

Nadia Tours Central American Countries Teaching Workshops on Theater of the Oppressed and Other Techniques

Nadia just returned from teaching Theater of the Oppressed and other techniques in Guatemala and Nicaragua! Nadia taught alongside with her colleague Otto Manrique. They taught workshops for different theater groups and community organizations in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and in several cities in Nicaragua including Managua, León, and Matagalpa. Workshops included Body and Movement, Newspaper Theater, Object Theater, and Improv, all in relation to Theater of the Oppressed. Nadia is thankful for this wonderful opportunity and looks forward to continuing her work with the community!IMG_7357IMG_7537
Otto and Nadia named the tour Giraca: Arte Girando por Centro América (Giraca: Art Rolling through Central America). Read what the organization Managua Furiosa is saying about the tour!

Nadia teaches Theater of the Oppressed workshop in Mexico!

Nadia was invited by the Mexican organization CAFAMI (Migrant Family Support Center) to teach a Theater of the Oppressed workshop. CAFAMI’s mission is to “bring awareness and attack the root causes of migration while reducing the negative impact of migration that separates families and threatens the  local way of life.” Nadia taught the workshop to women in the rural community of San Francisco Tetlanohcan, in the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico. This community is characterized by high rates of migration. During her time in the community, Nadia was able to experience the other side of immigration and the devastating results of family separation. The week-long workshop culminated with a Forum Theater piece created by the women, which will be brought to the United States in 2015 in hopes to raise awareness about the causes and the consequences of migration and immigration.

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This was a wonderful experience and Nadia is thankful for the opportunity she had to share with this amazing women!