Amalia Oliva Rojas, 2020
Amalia Oliva Rojas is a Mexican poet, performer, and theater artivist 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 collection 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. Recent credits include A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Succeed in the Myth-Making Business (Theater Accident and The Exposition Review-Journal). During her time at EMERGE, Amalia explored the fetishization of undocumented youth by non-profits.