White supremacy has pushed the theory of independence in the United States from the start of colonization. Drawing from Black and Brown feminist theory/my upbringing, I strongly believe in collectivism. I want to take this space to acknowledge that whatever I have accomplished in life, it has been with the help of countless people. Here is an incomplete list of people I consider instrumental in my (continued) development.
My ancestors, especially my grandmothers Manuela and Eloisa.
My parents, who radicalized me by homeschooling me until middle school. They continue to help me practice empathy and understanding.
Teachers, mentors, and role models
My teachers from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, especially Kate Walker and Anna Gay.
The many other theatre people whose presence and guidance help me, including Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Mei Ann Teo, Caridad Svich, Natasha Sinha, Miranda Haymon, Jenny Koons, Michelle J. Rodriguez, Zach Jenkins, Shira Milikowsky, Graham Schmidt, Bryan Joseph Lee, Jackie Tralies, Barry Stagg, and Peggy Carey.
Heidi Davis, dramaturg extraordinaire, who gave me feedback on this website.
Friends and peers
My friends often serve as artistic and intellectual collaborators, role models, and teachers. I love all of them, especially Isabel Serrano, Hannah Rebekah Ford, Marissa Joyce Stamps, Nina Attinello, Sally Chen, Ariana Calderón, Beth Golison, Kelsey Stevenson, Nola Latty, Laura Herskov, Grace Traynor, Chantal Encalada, Amanda Kuo, Gabey Walburn, Angela Lytle, and Issac Lopez.
People I have never met