Directors Georgina Escobar & Maija Garcia In Conversation

A woman who writes has power, and a woman with power is feared.

~Gloria Anzaldúa

Join us for a fascinating evening of conversation as these extraordinary women explore the “ecospheric consciousness” of the theatre maker. They’ll also delve into how the entertainment industry will respond to the call for responsive anti-racist practices – from fundraising, to commissioning, to developing and producing American theater. What new paradigms must be introduced and integrated, who are the gatekeepers, and what role does spirituality and/or eco-spheric consciousness play in the realm of art making? There’s so much to discuss.

EVENT DETAILS

Mon. March 1, 2021 8pm et/6pm mt/ 5pm pt

Approximately 1 hour including Q&A

All sessions will take place via Zoom.

PAY IT FORWARD

Georgina Escobar supports Latinx Playwrights Circle.

Maija Garcia supports SoundBusiness.org,  a non-profit based in Harlem that provides college prep and performing arts for young people of color at A. Philip Randolph High School in Harlem. 

About The Speakers

Georgina Escobar currently splits her time between El Paso, Texas and NYC. She is a MacDowell Fellow, Djerassi Resident and recipient of the Kennedy Center Darrell Ayers Playwriting Award. Her work has been featured in the Kilroys List, The Texas Review, Los Bárbaros, McSweeney’s Anthology, and New Passport Press. Her plays have been produced across the USA and internationally in Mexico, Denmark, and Sweden. Artistic homes and presenters include INTAR, New York Children’s Theatre, Project Y, Clubbed Thumb, Lincoln Center, Bushwick Starr (NY), Two Rivers (NJ), Milagro (PDX), Aurora Theatre (GA), and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (IN). 

Maija García is a Cuban-American director & choreographer whose signature work stands out in Spike Lee’s Oscar award winning BlackkKlansman, Chi-Raq, and Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, and on stage in the Tony Award winning FELA! on Broadway, and John Leguizamo’s Kiss My Aztec.

García founded Organic Magnetics to generate urban folklore for the future and spent five years writing, directing and producing historical narratives about New York City’s unsung heroes.  Ghosts of Manhattan: 1512-2012, an interactive history premiered in Fort Tryon Park in 2012 as an immersive installation spanning five centuries. I Am NY: Juan Rodriguez premiered at El Museo del Barrio in 2014, imagining the story of New York’s first immigrant.

As a director, García facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration in the creation of new work.  García debuted Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha in La Habana, Cuba with X Alfonso and Issac Delgado in 2015, developed CRANE – on Earth in Sky with Heather Henson, Ty Defoe and Native American artists in support of the movement at Standing Rock in 2016, and devised a documentary performance with military veterans in Stories of Service: An Evening with Veterans at Hill Auditorium in support of Fisher House Michigan in 2017. 

Choreographic works include the Guthrie Theater’s West Side Story directed by Joe Haj (2018) featuring the first original choreography since Jerome Robbins; Snow in Midsummer by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hatuey by Frank London and Elise Thoron at Montclair Peak Performances; Cuba Libre by Carlos Lacamara with music by Tiempo Libre at Artists Repertory Theater (PAMTA Award); Another Word for Beauty by Jose Rivera at the Goodman Theater; and Fats Waller Dance Party led by Jason Moran and Meshell N’degeocello at Harlem Stage, Kennedy Center, Chicago and SF Jazz Festivals.

García worked alongside Bill T. Jones to choreograph the Tony Award winning musical FELA! On Broadway (2009), and at the National Theater of London (2011), becoming Creative Director of FELA! World Tour (2011), a return to Broadway (2012) and FELA! The Concert (2015), directing productions in the US, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.  

A graduate of California Institute of Integral Studies with a BA in Sustainable Development, García was named Director of Professional Training at the Guthrie Theater in 2018, launching a Fellowship program and co-leading the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training program and A Guthrie Experience for MFA actors. A member of SDC, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Maija García is represented by Olivier Sultan, CAA.

Garcia worked alongside Bill T. Jones to choreograph the Tony Award winning musical FELA! On Broadway, becoming creative director of FELA! World Tour and FELA! The Concert.  She is currently working on original choreography for West Side Story with director Joe Haj at The Guthrie Theater and Hatuey, a Cuban-Yiddish Opera at Montclair Peak Performances. A graduate of California Institute of Integral Studies with a BA in Sustainable Development, Garcia founded Organic Magnetics to create folklore for the future, producing Ghosts of Manhattan: 1512-2012 an interactive history in Fort Tryon Park and I Am NY: Juan Rodriguez at El Museo del Barrio.

Not quite what you’re looking for? As we continue to book additional workshops, I’d love to know what you’re curious about. What would you like to learn? The sky’s the limit! Drop me a line!

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”


~Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
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