LATA Awards 2024: Amalia Oliva RojasJanuary 24, 2024
Amalia Oliva Rojas LATA 2024 Outstanding Achivement in Dramaturgy “How to Melt ICE”- Boundless Theatre Company & New Perpectives Theatre Company
•The LATA Awards (Latin Alternative Theater Awards), created by Héctor Luis Productions under the direction of Héctor Luis Sin Censura, have celebrated Latino alternative theater since 2017 in New York, New Jersey and nearby areas. These awards not only honor local artists but also recognize international organizations, institutions and artists who have played a significant role in this artistic evolution. It is a platform that seeks to highlight the contribution and importance of alternative art in these communities, providing recognition to those who have promoted and enriched this field.
Amalia Oliva Rojas (she/her/ella) is a Mexican poet, performer, and theater artivist raised and based in Nueva York. Her work centers and archives the stories, myths, and legends told by her family, her community, and fellow immigrant women. She is a proud alumnus of the Vassar College Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Program and CUNY Lehman College. Residencies Include Pen America’s DREAMING OUT LOUD fellowship, 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, among others.
In November 2022, her play “A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Succeed in the Myth-Making Business” was produced by Lehman College. Most recently, Amalia’s play “How to Melt ICE (or How the Coyote fell in love with the lizard who was really a butterfly)” received the New York Women’s Fund grant. “How to Melt ICE” was co-produced by New Perspectives Theatre Company and Boundless Theater Company in February 2023. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University as an inaugural Lily’s Lorraine Hansberry Fellow and as the recipient of the Dean Carol Becker Scholarship.
•Oliva Rojas will receive the recognition on March 25 at the LATA Charity Gala in commemoration of International Theater Day to be held at the William V. Musto Cultural Center in Union City, NJ