Annalisa Dias

Annalisa Dias is an Indian-American citizen artist, theatremaker, and community organizer. She currently lives and works in Piscataway territory in Washington DC and grew up in Seneca lands around Pittsburgh. She is a Producing Playwright and Acting Creative Producer with The Welders, a DC playwright's collective; and is Co-Founder of the DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice. Annalisa frequently teaches Theatre of the Oppressed workshops nationally and internationally and speaks about race, identity, and performance. She is a TCG Rising Leader of Color, and also works in diversity and inclusion full time at the American Political Science Association. Recent original work includes 4380 NIGHTS, a world premiere new play about detainees at Guantanamo and the historical legacy of global colonialism, which opened in January 2018 at DC's Signature Theatre as part of the second Women's Voices Theatre Festival. Upcoming work includes THE EARTH, THAT IS SUFFICIENT, a play about interconnected ecological history and hope for the future, to be produced by The Welders.



  • Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders
    Four South Asian theatremakers discuss global decolonization, reclaiming narratives, language and representation in theatre, and more.
  • Decolonizing Theatre: an Introduction
    Annalisa Dias and Madeline Sayet introduce the Decolonizing Theatre series by exploring the ways the American theatre has been and still is complicit in the legacy of colonialism.

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