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Theater Artivist, Storyteller, and Walking Archive

Amalia Oliva Rojas (She/Her/Ella) is a Mexican poet, performer, and theater artivist based in Nueva York. Her work centers and archives the stories, myths, and legends told by her family, her community, and fellow immigrant women. Raised by oral storytellers, Amalia strives with her collection of work to leave future generations stories of heartache, radical joy, and hope. She is a proud alumnus of the Vassar College and is currently a Playwriting MFA candidate at Columbia University.

Residencies/Programs Include Pen America's DREAMING OUT LOUD, New Perspectives Theater Company Women's Work Short and Full-Length Play Lab, NYU Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, EmergeNYC Program, Culture Hub's Thriving Changemakers, Beam's Center Lighthouse Artist Residency at Governors Island, The Popular Democracy Movement Center/The Action Lab's Take a Breath Residency. Amalia is currently teaching at currently teaching at Girl Be Heard, People’s Theater Project and Writopia Lab.


Most recently, Amalia was one of the two recipients of the Hansberry Lilly Playwright Fellowship, a recently launched opportunity within the Lorraine Hansberry Initiative. In addition to her playwriting, Amalia has contributed to several online magazines on immigration, policy-making, and her personal narrative. These magazines include City Limits, Popula, and Mexico's renowned La Revista De La Universidad De México, a literary journal founded in 1930. In 2019, an excerpt from Amalia's one-woman-show Tonantzin On the 7 Train was published by Pen America. Amalia is currently working on her first book.

Tatiana Mirabent and Brenda Flores perform in How to MELT ICE or (Or How the Coyote Fell in Love with the Butterfly who tried to be a Lizard)  at Julia de Burgos Performance and Arts Center in New York City, directed by Elena Araoz.

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