Raquel Almaz�n


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www.raquelalmazan.com Raquel Almazán was born in Madrid, Spain and is also of Costa Rican descent. She's lived most of her life in the U.S. and is now an emerging interdisciplinary artist. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from University of Florida and is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts Conservatory where she developed work as a writer, director, actor and dramaturge. Almazán has been writing for over fifteen years and she has been developing her own performance art work throughout the last ten years. Her new play La Paloma Prisoner participated in workshops with La Mama ETC, INTAR and Labyrinth Theatre Company. Her plays as writer/performer are Glossy Page Pimps (directed by Michael Garces) commissioned by Miami Light Project workshop reading, and the workshops of Hopefulness/Esperanza with Rising Circle Theatre Collective INKtank Lab- at Theatre Row, Julia De Burgos Theatre and Teatro Iati . Latino Writers Lab with the National Association of Latin Independent Producers for her screenplay Death of the Doll, short film that screened at Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza in L.A. and Naked Angels Theatre Reading Series. She has received grants from The Ford Foundation, Manhattan Community Fund, Tropiculture Miami, Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts and The Artist Access Grant for her original writing/performance / residency development in playwriting. Nominated for United States Artist Award- Innovative Theatre Artist. In addition to writing, Almazán is also an accomplished actor. Some of her noted roles include the role of Maricela on NBC’S Law & Order: SVU and Rita Campos on USA Network’s White Collar, a Cuban exile opposite Cristina Ricci in the ABC Pilot PAN AM, as well as Lady MacBeth in MacBeth , and Mrs. Papov in Chekov's The Bear. She has also performed in her self written, one person shows, Death of the Doll and her multi-media project as the Alpha Wolf where she plays a variety of female archetypes in She Wolves: Women in Sex, Death and Rebirth, NYC Fringe Festival. As a performance artist, she participates at social- political conferences and events to bring awareness to current female issues, including The National Women's Studies Conference, P.S. 122 and the Los Angeles Scope Arts conference. Her new solo show Porning the Planet: The De-Sensitiz Nation of a Generation directed by performance art legend Penny Arcade, received a workshop excerpt at Theatre 80 Howl Festival. Acting workshops including Susan Grace Cohen, Lee Michael Cohen, (Shakespeare with Peter Craze + Andy Goldberg + Ian Hersey), Laban, Growtowski, Movement and Directing. She has also trained in Butoh, Biomechanics, Suzuki, Improv, Clowning and Mask Work. Writing development workshops with Edward Albee, Jose Rivera, David Mamet, Horton Foote, Julie Harris, Naomi Ilizuka and Carmen Rivera. Edward Albee noted that Almazán “…sure can write.” Has played a variety of characters in independent films, screened at Cannes, HBO NYLIFF and Urban World Festivals. She marks her feature film directorial debut with the upcoming mockumentary White Alligator. Almazán workshops original work with writers/performers, including as a facilitator with Art Spring organization to incarcerated women in prison. As a teaching artist with LEAP, she directs short plays with NYC Public school students off Broadway at New World Stages. With Manhattan Theatre Club and Educational Play Productions, she performs throughout NYC Schools. She is co-educational chair for Theatre East and founded the New Rites Arts Program and the Artistic director of La Lucha Arts Group, dedicated to producing diverse new work in theatre / film / dance / visual art / media. At El Museo del Barrio, she played the lead in Escaping Juarez, Deviant Borders as the male Chamuco, (New World Theatre Mass.) and reading of The Mother f**ker with the Hat directed by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Almazán. At the Louis O’Gerrits Theatre, her play Junkyard Food starring Terrell McCraney, was produced for the New Playwrights Festival. Performed original monologue for Hillary Clinton- Women's Forum. Almazán served as dramaturge and performed as Margaret in the multi-media production of Ur-Faust that toured to Hyterio Theatre in Athens, Greece. She is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild, SAG-AFTRA, and The Playwrights' Center, NALIP, Chicago Dramatist Network, Alternate Roots and the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. Exclusive with Josselyne Herman and Associates NYC & LA.

(partial listing, please use link below to download full resume, if available.)
The Hopefulness/Esperanza Jacqueline/Street Gi Theatre Row, Teatro Iati
Red Pumps at Ground Zero Angie/Camila Puerto Rican Traveling Th
No Number Home (R) Various Roles Repertorio Espanol
Future Stages Director Fidelity Investments
Into the Pines (R) Alma Culver INTAR. Dir Carmen Rivera
The Wrote Festival Various Characters City Center,Carmen Rivera
Conversations with Waterm Rosa (lead) The Actors Studio. D. Lar
Mercato Benitta Primary Stages
Manhattan Theatre Club Various Characters NYC Schools,Candido Tirad
Off-Off Broadway
Escaping Juárez Mariposa El Museo del Barrio
La Paloma Prisoner Paloma- writer readi Labyrinth, La Mama, INTAR
Homeland (reading) Helena/Suzette (Lead NYC Gallatin Center
Porning the Planet Sensora -Solo Show Dixon Place, Penny Arcade
Motherf**cker with Hat Veronica(lead) readi Stephen Adly Guirgis
Regional Theatre
Deviant Borders Chamuco/male New World,Massach
Glossy Page PImps Woman/Writer Miami Light Project
Anomie Earth/Dancer Artemis, Miami
In Exile Marjorie/Lawyer Minaci Arts Center
University Theatre
Macbeth Lady Macbeth New World Arts
The Maids Solange New World Studio
The Bear Mrs. Popov New World Arts
Feature Film
Burning Blue Female Mechanic (Fea DMW Greer
Mana Electra Tereco Pictures
Run It Upset Teacher Dir. Evangelos Giovanis
Short Film
Red Bird Sandra Sony Distributions
Papi Chulo Anita(supporting) Marquis Smalls
9 Digits Selena (Supporting) Empire State Studios
Death of the Doll Maria (Lead) La Lucha Arts Group
Kate and Kula webseries Guest Star Namakula Director
PAN AM (Pilot) CO STAR ABC Network
Law & Order SVU Maricela (CO-STAR) NBC NETWORK
Latina Confessions Testimonial Sky Line Features
Blue Bloods Co-Star CBS Network
White Collar Rita Campos (Co-Star USA Network
Mahatma Rice daughter Voice over
She Wolves:Hybrid Journey Alpha Wolf/Various P.S.122/Tour
Ur-Faust Margaret Greece, Hyterio Theatre

download full resume: resume/raquelalmazan.pdf

Height: 5 ft: 4 in.
Eye Color: Brown
Age Range: 25-31
Weight: 120 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Dress and/or Suit size: 4

Voice-over languages: Spanish
Other talents
Acting Coach, Director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Dialects (American/Southern, English/Cockney, Irish/Scots), Spanish speaking, Latin/Cabaret Dancing, Swimming, Kickboxing, Licensed Driver, Performance Artist, Interactive Clowning, Acting and Writing Instructor for Theatre & Film- Media, Arts Facilitator to Incarcerated Women Producer/Artistic Director of La Lucha Arts Group, Short Story and Poetry Writing

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