Alexandra Espinoza (she/her) is a playmaker, and her field is the theatre. Her worlds are full of everyday radicals who grapple with the magic that is required to dream a new world. She actively grounds her work in the voices of her communities: Black people and the African Diaspora, Latinx folx, and spaces of Queer expansion. An optimistic and curious polymath, she thought she would grow up to be a human rights lawyer and is now a human rights artist.
As a playwright, she is a 2020 National Black Theatre “I Am Soul” Playwright Residency finalist. Her work blends adaptation with revolution, dreams with history, pain with power, laughter with rage. As a director, she led the Philadelphia premiere production of the 1915 anti-lynching propaganda play Rachel by Angelina Weld Grimké, a Black Queer Femme creative ancestor. As a performer, she seeks liberatory shapes for her body and voice, while queering narratives and offering witness to the Black Body in motion. Her work as an artist and activist is marked by precision, generosity, and a sharp dramaturgical eye that she employs for her own work and for those with whom she shares a path towards liberation.
Alexandra has 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 is a trained practitioner in Theatre of the Oppressed. She is a survivor of white supremacy culture, the daughter of immigrants, and lives a life of Black Queer Joy in Lenni-Lenape territory currently known as Philadelphia. 📸 Mel Brown