Amalia Oliva Rojas

Amalia Oliva Rojas is a Mexican poet, performer and theater artist based in Nueva York. Her work centers and archives the stories, myths, and legends told by her family, her community, and fellow immigrant women. Raised by oral storytellers, Amalia strives with her body of work to leave future generations stories of heartache, radical joy, and hope. 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 Theatre Company’s Women’s Work Short and Full-Length Play Labs, NYU Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, EmergeNYC Program, Culture Hub’s Thriving Changemakers, Beam’s Center Lighthouse Artist Residency at Governors Island, and The Action Lab’s Take A Breath Residency. In November 2022, an excerpt of her play A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Succeed in the Myth-Making Business will be produced and spotlighted by Lehman College; she will be in residence in March 2023 at The Cell Theater with her Collective BBQ project. In 2019, an excerpt from Amalia’s one-woman show Tonantzin On the 7 Train was published by Pen America. In addition to her playwriting, Amalia has contributed to several online magazines on immigration, policy-making, and personal narratives including City limits, Popula, and Mexico’s renowned La Revista De La Universidad De México. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University.