Carmelita Tropicana (2019-2021) Performance Artist


Carmelita Tropicana has been performing in New York's downtown arts scene since the 1980s, straddling the worlds of performance art and theater in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe with her irreverent humor, subversive fantasy, and bilingual puns. She received an Obie in Theater, the Performance and Activism Award from the Women in Theater Program/American Theater in Higher Education, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for her upcoming memoir. She is a Creative Capital grantee with her collaborator playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, an alum of the Hemispheric Institute's EmergeNYC Program. Notable and recent works include: Schwanze-Beast, a performance commissioned by Vermont Performance Lab; Post Plastica, an installation/video and performance presented at El Museo del Barrio; and the highly anthologized Milk of Amnesia, which she presented at the Hemipheric Institute's Encuentro in Monterrey, Mexico. Her publications include the book she co-edited with Holly Hughes, Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW Café. Tropicana has taught at numerous universities and sits on the Board of Directors of the New York Foundation for the Arts.