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Annalisa Dias

Annalisa Dias is a Goan-American citizen artist, community organizer, and award-winning theatremaker working at the intersection or racial justice and care for the earth.

Annalisa Dias is a Goan-American citizen artist, community organizer, and award-winning theatremaker. She currently lives and works in Piscataway territory in Washington DC and grew up in Seneca lands around Pittsburgh. She is a Producing Playwright 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 toward 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 performance project about interconnected ecological history and hope for the future, to be produced by The Welders.

The Possibility of Generative Futures Through Embodied Practice
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The Possibility of Generative Futures Through Embodied Practice

20 September 2018

Annalisa Dias discusses her work with the newly formed Groundwater Arts Collective, and suggests ways that other theatremakers committed to climate justice can adopt the framework of a Just Transition.

Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders
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Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders

29 May 2018

Four South Asian theatremakers discuss global decolonization, reclaiming narratives, language and representation in theatre, and more.

Decolonizing Theatre
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Decolonizing Theatre

an Introduction

27 May 2018

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.

Designer as Playwright, Images as Text
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Designer as Playwright, Images as Text

Expanding Meanings and Breaking Boundaries with Deb Sivigny

9 October 2017

DC based playwright Annalisa Dias interviews fellow The Welders collective member Deb Sivigny on the world premiere of her new play, Hello My Name Is....

The Independent Producer’s Notebook
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The Independent Producer’s Notebook

Identifying Workable Spaces and Taking Stock of your Theatre Ecology

28 October 2015

In this first installment, Producer Annalisa Dias offers tips and advice about artistic vision, networking, and production venues.

Decolonizing Theatre
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Decolonizing Theatre

This series explores decolonizing theatre practice.