Coatlicue Theater Company
Elvira and Hortencia Colorado, Chichimec Otomi Nhanhu storytellers, playwrights, traditional dancers and community activists, are founding members of Coatlicue Theatre Company.
Recipients of the Ingrid Washinawatok Community Activism Award, they are also members of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Danza Celtiliztli Nauhcampa, the New York Zapatistas and the American Indian Community House. The company’s plays and workshops address social, political, cultural and identity issues that impact their lives and their community.
Coatlicue Theater Company’s work is based on stories they weave together, educating as well as entertaining while reaffirming their survival as urban Native American women. Coatlicue Theater Company has toured nationally and internationally performing and conducting workshops.
Coatlicue Theatre Company is a recipient of numerous grants: The Ford Foundation, Rockefeller, Readers Digest-Lila Wallace, NYFA, NYSCA; and The Ingrid Washinawatok Community Activism Award and Honor the Spirit Award for Excellence in theatre. Their work has been published in several theatre journals and anthologies. They are members of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU and American Indian Community House.
Ms. Colorado was also an understudy for Rita Moreno in “The Ritz” on Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway, she has appeared at Theatre for the New City, New York Theatre Workshop, Yale Rep, Hudson Theatre Guild, NY Theatre Ensemble, La MaMa, Intar, Ensemble Theatre/West, and Labor Theatre. She has also appeared in several TV shows and films including: “The Mystic Warrior,” “The Legend of Walks Far Woman.” “A Man Called Hawk,” “Fatal Vision,” “Nurse,” “Irreconcilable Differences,” “Easy Rider,” and “Distance.”
Coatlicue Theater Company was instrumental in initiating and maintaining the “Day of the Dead community altar” celebrations in New York City at AICH, Smithsonian NMAI, Museo del Barrio and with universities and community organizations. www.coatlicue.com