300 Nokomis Ave S.
“Hermitage Writes @ Venice Writers Festival: Elisa Bocanegra”
with Hermitage Fellow Elisa Bocanegra
Presented in partnership with Venice Writers Festival
Friday, March 22 at 12pm
William H. Jervey Venice Public Library (entrance at 300 Nokomis Ave S., Venice, FL 34285)
Registration is required.
Hermitage Fellow Elisa Bocanegra is a theatrical thought leader, performer, and writer. A recipient of the 2022-2023 Fulbright as well as the TCG Leadership U Grant, she will speak about the intersection of writing, performance, and community building through her work on projects such as Nuestro Planeta, a ten year long new work commissioning initiative which aims to educate audiences about environmental justice in the Americas.
Hermitage Fellow Elisa Bocanegra is a Puerto Rican artist and the founder of HERO Theatre. Her work with HERO has been featured in The Los Angeles Times and American Theatre Magazine and is a favorite amongst local theatre critics. Elisa is a 2022-2023 Fulbright recipient. She also won the TCG Leadership U Grant, the nation’s largest grant of its kind, for her work with HERO Theatre. This provided her the opportunity to be part of the Leadership Team at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons. Her stage directing credits include Troy, a modern retelling of The Trojan Women about women and houselessness in Los Angeles. She directed Troy and worked alongside Kilroy List playwright Amina Henry in the development. Other directing credits include Festival Irene: A Tribute to Playwright Maria Irene Fornés, The Floating Island Plays by Eduardo Machado, and a new screen and stage project called Nuestro Planeta, which focuses on educating Latinx audiences about environmental justice within the Americas. Nuestro Planeta is a ten-year-long new work commissioning initiative. Elisa was part of the inaugural NEXUS Cohort at New York Stage and Film, where she was later the Pfaelzer Award recipient. As an actor, her first film, “Girlfight,” won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at The Sundance Film Festival. Her TV credits include a recurring on Apple TV’s “Physical,” and “Shameless.” Elisa has extensive experience performing at major theaters around the country and has also worked at The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York.