Raquel Almazan is an interdisciplinary artist, facilitator and activist. (M.F.A. Playwriting, Columbia University). Her eclectic career spans original multi-media solo performances, playwriting, devising and dramaturgy. Almazan’s work has been featured in New York City including Off-Broadway, throughout the United States and internationally in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala and Sweden; including several of her plays within the Latin is America play cycle. She has been awarded Professional Development residencies with Bric Arts, The Eugene O’Neill Center Playwrights Conference and The Playwrights’ Center. Recipient of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Grant, Kennedy Center’s Latinidad Award, Kate Neal Kinley Playwriting Fellowship and the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Prize. Almazan currently teaches playwriting at Marymount Manhattan College. Raquel is also the Artistic Director of La Lucha Arts which collaborates with organizations, social movements and impacted individuals towards providing a platform for marginalized and abandoned narratives and people. (Community Partner Collaboration selections: Pen America, Close Rikers Campaign, Steps to End Family Violence, Brooklyn DA’s Re-entry task force and The United Nations).