White supremacy has pushed the theory of independence in the United States from the start of colonization. Drawing from Black and Brown feminist theory and my upbringing, 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 parents, who radicalized me by homeschooling me until middle school.
My ancestors, especially my grandmothers Manuela and Eloisa.
My teachers from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, especially Kate Walker and Anna Gay.
My mentor, Sam Pinkleton.
The many other theatre people whose presence and guidance help me, including Tatiana Pandiani, 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, Peggy Carey, and Heidi Davis (who gave me feedback on this website).
My comrades at Sunrise: Kidus, Kevin, Jess, Cristian, Bethany, Sunny, Ezra, Sophie, Yashvi, Yara, Indigo, Terra, Melissa, Zahra, Laney, Phoebe, Emma, Tom, Sourish, Annie, Kelsey, Sophia, Nicole, and countless others.
All abortion advocates in Texas, especially Graci and Rosann.
My friends and collaborators, especially Isabel Serrano, Hannah Rebekah Ford, Marissa Joyce Stamps, Nina Attinello, Sally Chen, Ariana Calderón, Beth Golison, Arden Traynor, Gabey Walburn, and Issac Lopez.