Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bio for Alison M. De La Cruz

Alison M. De La Cruz is a multi-disciplinary, community-based theater artist, producer, and arts educator.

De La Cruz's work has been presented at venues across the country including the Kirk Douglas Theatre, the Northwest Asian American Theatre and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

In 2009, she appeared as Ofa in the Ovation Recommended: RUBY, TRAGICALLY ROTUND, directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera and produced by Playwrights' Arena at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

De La Cruz is currently finishing POSTAL AMERICANA, a new play inspired by slain postal worker Joseph Ileto.

De La Cruz’s directing credits include: Fall TEADA Works 2010 and Spring TEADA WORKS 2010 (co-directed with Dom Magwili) , a developmental table reading of Chiwan Choi’s DRYWALL and staged readings of Udaya Kanthi Salgadu's LETTERS FROM MY MOTHER, Serena Lin's A TRADITIONAL GIRL and Rebecca Baroma’s THE FLOWER AND THE FIREFLY for East West Players’ DHH Writers’ Institute. She also recently served as Asst. Director on the world premiere of Velina Hasu Houston's CALLIGRAPHY, directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera at the LA Theatre Center.

A respected human relations and dialogue facilitator, De La Cruz has led trainings for the J. Paul Getty Museum, Center Theatre Group, Shakespeare Center of LA, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Marlborough School, California State University, Polytechnic Pomona’s Division of Student Affairs, and several colleges and universities. She has extensive experience using theatre, writing, ensemble building and communication/dialogue skills to explore and create original themes or those highlighted in source text. De La Cruz has served as an arts educator for Shakespeare Center LA, East West Players, the HOPE Project, the HeART Project, About Productions and FilAm Arts' Eskuwela Kultura throughout Los Angeles County.

In 1999, the Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College renamed their Outstanding Service to API Community Award in her honor. De La Cruz was the 2007 recipient of the Duane Ebata Award, presented by the JACCC.

On the daily, De La Cruz lives with her wife in Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA and is the Administrative Director of About Productions, a theatre company based in Pasadena, CA.

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