Marisela Barrera grew up in Alamo, Texas, lived on Crockett Street and attended Bowie Elementary. She is a single working-class mother, Tejana writer, and teatrista with published works in Latina Critical Feminism, Out in SA, Texas Matters (radio content), the San Antonio Current, the Brooklyn Rail, HowlRound, the Rivard Report, Concho River Review, Radio Esperanza (radio content), and TheaterJones, among others. Barrera was Artistic Director with Cara Mia Theater in Dallas and Theater Director at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. She has performed in Latino cultural centers in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. She earned a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University, and MA/MFA degrees in Creative Writing, Literature and Social Justice from Our Lady of the Lake University. Recent original productions include “Tejana Rasquacha” at Jump-Start, “Ruby Reds, Big Birds y Burras” at the Guadalupe, and “Tejana Trilogy” at Palo Alto College. Favorite directing projects include “Yemaya’s Belly” by Quiara Alegría Hudes with Cara Mia at the Dallas Latino Cultural Center, “Lydia” by Octavio Solis with AtticRep at Trinity University, and “Ay, Pedro” adapted from Loving Pedro Infante by Denise Chavez at the Guadalupe. Barrera is a company and board member at Jump-Start and teaches writing at Northwest Vista College. She is a two-time recipient of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts and is a fire spinner and eater. Upcoming projects a new radio program with the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center and Payasa U.S.A. at Jump-Start. Find her at mariselabarrera.com.