ADELINA ANTHONY is a critically acclaimed and award winning two-spirit Xicana lesbian multi-genre artist, cultural activist, teaching artist, director and producer. The themes in her work address colonization, feminisms, traumas, ancestral memorias, gender, health, race & ethnicity, immigration, sexuality, land & environment, and issues generally affecting the two-spirit/queer/lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender communities.
She has 20 years of performance experience and has garnered Best Actress nominations and awards. She is a 2015 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in LGBT Drama for her play, The Beast of Times. This is her second nomination, she was also a 2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Drama for her first published work, Las Hociconas (both works published by Kórima Press).
Last year she was invited to participate in the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive. The year prior, 2013, she was awarded the Sony Pictures Diversity Fellowship through Film Independent's Project Involve program.
This artist hails originally from the Southside and Westside barrios of San Antonio, Tejas. She received her B.A. in Drama from the University of Dallas, and an M.A. in Drama from Stanford University. Her formidable theater training is also deeply rooted in the drama and comedy found in her MeXicana childhood household. Her cultural and political formations are greatly influenced by the radical writings, arte and teachings of queer womyn and feminists of color. She works for her ancestors, for those she loves today, and for the future generations-- who will hopefully inherit a more just and conscious world.
She has been an artist-in-residence for allgo, The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center , La Peña Cultural Center and for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
As a theater producer, director, and actor Adelina has collaborated on over 80 productions, workshop productions, or staged readings. During her tenure at Cara Mia Theatre Co. (where she served as founding Artistic Director along with founding Managing Director, Eliberto Gonzalez), she produced and directed the company's inaugural play: Shadow of a Man by Cherríe Moraga. The following year she produced and directed Milcha Sánchez Scott's Latina. Later, Adelina would return to Dallas to direct Moraga's The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea, a production that would garner her Best Theater Director and listing as one of the top ten Best Productions of the Year (Dallas Morning News, Tom Sime) and a Best Actor nomination (Leon-Rabin Awards).
This play was also later co-produced with Celebration Theatre and listed as one of the top ten productions of the year by Frontiers Magazine's Les Spindle. It was finally presented at Stanford University in 2005 in a fully realized production visualized by Celia Herrera Rodríguez, co-directed by Moraga and Adelina (who also reprised the role of Luna). The collaborations between Moraga, Herrera y Rodríguez and Adelina resumed in 2010. Through a NALAC supported mentorship grant, a co-production between cihuatl productions and Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble presented Moraga's Digging Up the Dirt. Again, Adelina co-directed and in this production she originated the role of the Poet. In 2012, cihuatl productions helped realize the ambitious multi-media project: New Fire: To Put Things Right Again. This collaborative work played to over 3,000 audience members at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco.
As a teaching artist and cultural activist, Adelina has over 19 years of mentoring and instructing political teatro, acting, and creative writing to youth of color, two-spirit/ lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender communities of color and university students. Having experienced first hand the obstacles that keep Chicana/os out of the mainstream arts, she helps create safe spaces for her students to pursue their creative expressions.
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