Karina Claudio-Betancourt is a Boricua "artivist" and community organizer with a BA in Humanities—Theater and Creative Writing (UPR-RP) and an MA in Performance Studies (NYU). Born and raised in Santurce, Puerto Rico, she now lives in Brooklyn. She received a scholarship from the Hispanic Arts Foundation in 2007, a “Performance Studies” Award in 2008 and was a Hemispheric Institute EMERGENYC Fellow in 2009. She has received the Brooklyn Lambda Award (May, 2009), a City Council Proclamation (June, 2009), a Proclamation from the Queens Borough President (2010), and a City Council Proclamation (2011).