Alexandra Espinoza (all pronouns): I am a play maker, and my field is the theatre. My
worlds are full of everyday radicals who grapple with the magic that is required to dream
a new world. I actively ground my work in the voices of my communities: Black people
and the African Diaspora, Latinx folx, and spaces of Queer expansion. An optimistic and
curious polymath, I thought I would grow up to be a human rights lawyer and now I'm a
human rights artist.
As a playwright, my work blends adaptation with revolution, dreams with history, pain
with power, laughter with rage. I am a 2020 National Black Theatre “I Am Soul”
Playwright Residency finalist, a Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting Award runner-up
(Open Meadows Foundation), and my work has been developed nationally at Great
Plains Theatre Conference, Seven Devils New Play Foundry, IATI Theater, Unicorn
Theatre, and more.

As a performer and director I seek liberatory shapes for the body and voice, queering
narratives, and offering witness to the Black Body in motion. I directed the Philadelphia
premiere production of the 1915 anti-lynching propaganda play Rachel by Angelina
Weld Grimké, created and directed the community driven virtual performance
BlackBestFriend (supported by Bushwick Starr Pet Project, Leeway Foundation Art and
Change Grant, Art is Essential, and SwimPony Arts Solidarity Fund), and will direct
Alice Childress's Wine in the Wilderness in a site-specific production in spring of 2022.

My work as an artist and activist is marked by precision, generosity, and a sharp
dramaturgical eye that I employ for my own work and for those with whom I share a
path towards liberation. I have a BA in History from Harvard; an MA in Global Media and
Communication from The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London;
an MA in Theatre from Villanova University; and am a trained practitioner in Theatre of
the Oppressed. I teach students aged 7 to 70 in after school programs, university
seminars, and everything in between. I am a survivor of white supremacy culture, I am
the child of immigrants, and I live a life of Black queer joy in Lenapehoking territory
currently known as Philadelphia. 
 📸 Mel Brown
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