I hope everyone is enjoying these last few days of the year. It’s been a big year of epic international and personal events! Here is a recap of my personal highlights and accomplishments. I give thanks to all the people I’ve had the privilege of meeting and growing with this year who have provided me with help, guidance and support to make these visions a reality. Check it out!
December 2011 - One year ago exactly, my work was featured on Huffington Post's, Latino Voices. To read the article click here!
January – I went through an intense rehearsal process to prepare for the One Journey University spring tour. Rehearsing in all kinds of places in NYC from theaters, rehearsal studios, schools, church towers, subway stations, trains, rooftops and my sacred living space was a bit crazy, but more often, simply amazing to pause and realize what I was doing.
February – One Journey went to UCSC, my alma mater, where I was a guest performer for Rainbow Theater. Rainbow Theater is a student run organization, founded by Don Williams who has mentored hundreds of young theater makers to become professional playwrights, actors, technicians and producers. I came out of this school of creativity, so to give back to the community, was one of the best things I could have done this year! To read more about the experience click here! Also, I had the opportunity of performing at Washington State University where One Journey was chosen by Mujeres Unidas to be featured for the Week of Women Speakers 2012.
March – One Journey went to Bradley University through the Association of Latin American Students, another place where I got to spend short yet quality time with amazing young people that showed me all the great work they are doing for their community. I also performed at Columbia University for the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (SIRR), where we had the opportunity of using One Journey as a catalyst to talk about U.S./Mexico immigration and policy. Awesome!
April – I took a short break from the tour to prepare for upcoming performance/workshop presentations.
May – I facilitated a poetry and theater workshop for the Female Flava Conference at The Point in the South Bronx. I also traveled to Berkeley, California to perform and facilitate a workshop on Borders at the Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference.
June - I facilitated at performance/workshop at the World Day of Prayer in New York for women from all over the world. To read more about the experience click here!
July – I participated in a workshop performance at Intar Theater created by Daniel Jáquez and Marianna Carreño King called Dance for a Dollar.
August – I took a road trip with my family from El Paso to San Marcos, Texas to drop off my youngest sister Gaby to Texas State University! So proud!
AND I traveled to the continent of Africa for the first time to do an educational theater exchange at Awassa Youth Campus in Ethiopia! The amazingly talented, dedicated and passionate young artists/activists I met there, uplifted my heart and spirit to incredible heights of hope. I plan to go again! To read more about Awassa Youth Campus click here!
September – I got back to writing and crafting another draft of One Journey in preparation for the Rutgers University performance in November.
October – I participated in a great video documentary project called Differenter: Perfiles, which highlighted the work of five New York based Latinos for Hispanic Heritage Month produced by Keni Thacker. To watch the video click here!
November – I performed an updated version of One Journey at Rutgers University where I received great feedback and motivation to continue developing the play for my 2013 tour. I also had the honor of presenting at TEDxYouth at The School. To watch the video click here!
December – I participated in the Gardarev Center’s writing residency alongside Marisol Negron and Laura Di Piazza and created the first outline to my new play! To read more about the residency click here!
And this is not a wrap up but a warm up to my goals in 2013 which include a university and border tour of One Journey as well as continued collaboration on theater and film projects.
Wishing you all best wishes for the holidays and new year! Cheers to the future!
Yadira De La Riva