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Lisandra María Ramos was born and raised in New York City’s Quisqueya Heights. She is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Fulana, a Latina video and satire collective. She holds a degree in Africana, Latin American & Caribbean studies and theater from Union College and a MA degree in Popular Theater from New York University’s Gallatin School. As of Fall 2013, she is Assistant Director of Administration at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Lisandra worked for many years in the educational theater scene as an actor, writer and director.  An alumna of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Lisandra branched out into digital media, creating several shorts, graphic design projects and animation for the internet. Lisandra has been a youth theatre director producing and writing numerous plays for young audiences in New York and Washington DC. Her play “Mariposa” was produced at Aaron Davis Hall in NYC by the drama department at City University of New York. She has also been a contributing writer to Urban Latino magazine and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. A generative artist and teacher, Lisandra is constantly creating work, using imagination, physicality, movement, text, images, reflection, and collaboration.

 

Andrea Thome is a Chilean-Costa Rican, Wisconsin-born mutt who grew up navigating the multiple landscapes and languages that now inhabit her plays. Her plays, translations and video satires have been presented at theaters, galleries and universities around the U.S. and Latin America. Andrea helped develop the Lark Play Development Center’s US-México Playwright Exchange as Program Director since 2006. Her translations of Mexican plays include Richard Viqueira’s play H and Ximena Escalante’s Real Andromaca (presented at New York’s hotINK Festival 2009 and at PEN World Voices).  She is translating Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón. Andrea’s own play Undone (originally developed by the Lark Play Development Center and INTAR Theatre’s New Works Lab) was selected for Victory Gardens Theatre’s Ignition Festival of playwrights of color 2010. Worm Girl, her absurd physical comedy, was produced by Cherry Red Productions in Washington, DC (2004). Andrea co-directs the satirical video & performance collective FULANA. From 1994-99, she co-created 22 original plays with San Francisco’s Red Rocket Theater. She has also worked extensively as a performer; past collaborators include Culture Clash, Latina Theatre Lab, Campo Santo and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. She has taught at various universities, schools and community centers including New York University, Adelphi University, El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, and NYC public schools.  Andrea received fellowships from NYFA, New York City, the City of Oakland, Lark Play Development Center, INTAR, New York University and the Women’s Project. She is a graduate of NYU’s Dramatic Writing MFA and a member of New Dramatists.

 

Our response to the MTA fearmachine ads…

If you live in NYC, you’ve seen the “If You See Something, Say Something” ads plastered all over the MTA system. During the weeks leading up to the Republican National Convention in NYC (2004), this ad campaign was in full swing and in turbo mode. Ubiquitous posters, flyers and pre-recorded announcements urged commuters to report suspicious persons and activity to the police. But, what exactly were media outlets teaching us to perceive as “suspicious”?

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Bilingual anti-gentrification print campaign for the streets of our neighborhoods in NYC.
Anuncios bilingües impresos contra la inva$ión de las calles de nuestros barrios. Read More »

Barbi Bermúdez and Fabi Fernández came all the way from Mundovisión in Florida to report on the “fantasmic” art exhibit, Phantom Sightings, and to conduct an exclusive interview with The Border Brujo, Leader of the Great Mojado Invasion… Doña Cuca, still in love with Mr. T, has ordered a “Mister T Party Kit”…but something is not quite right with the package!

(Opening for Guillermo Gómez-Peña)

 

As part of Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s performance, Strange Democracy, at El Museo del Barrio, Fabi reads a message from him explaining his absence. (Text by GGP)

March 2010

Tercer Impacto video shoot photos

 

Doña Cuca, featured in Tercer Impacto: Hispanacea is in loooove with Mr. T. She makes little collages declaring her undying love (he’s never responded), and has even written a love bachata for him she hopes to put on “el yutub”.
Mr T CucA-TEAMa

 

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TERCER IMPACTO: HISPANACEA (English subtitles)
Fabi and Barbi report on The Hispanic Paradox, Doña Cuca and Hispanacea
2009 | 05:25 min. | DV | Color

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Immigrant Latina women—who have had little or no access to education or health care—are living longer than anyone else in the United States. The New York Times has called this phenomenon “The Hispanic Paradox.” What if Latinas’ longevity could be extracted from their bodies and marketed as a health supplement to the public at large? Read More »

TERCER IMPACTO: HISPANACEA (con subtítulos en español)
Fabi y Barbi informan sobre La Paradoja Hispana, Doña Cuca e Hispanacea
2009 | 05:25 min. | DV | Color

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Las inmigrantes latinas—sin acceso a la educación o al cuidado de salud—tienen vidas más largas que el resto de los estadounidenses. El New York Times le ha llamado a este fenómeno “La Paradoja Hispana”. ¿Qué pasaría si la longevidad de las latinas pudiera extraerse de sus cuerpos y ser mercadeadas en pastillas “energéticas”? Read More »