"Amalia Ortiz has something special in Carmen de la Calle, her San Antonio-set take on Bizet’s opera Carmen." -- San Antonio Express-News
See the new Latino Musical written by nationally recognized and award winning poet and performer Amalia Ortiz.
Otra Esa on the Public Transit
"Lively poetry-driven show... a promising solo work" --
Created and performed by Amalia
destination and destiny -- this unique play follows Amalia's adventures in
the public transit system. It is directed by Maria Ybarra, San Antonio theater
artist. Otra Esa is an original multimedia one-woman show combining theater and
spoken-word that premiered at Talento
Bilingüe de Houston in March 2005. The San Antonio
debut, at the
Guadalupe Theater, was a great success. See
photos of characters from the show, or download the
program brochure. Amalia and Maria Ybarra debuted another original play, Real
West Side Story, at the Guadalupe in 2006.
"Ortiz, in the show's most entertaining role... She adds some needed comic leavening at several
points, without getting too obvious in her characterization." --
Fear of a Brown
Planet, a stage play by
Paul Flores, Amalia Ortiz, and Marc
David Pinate, three of the best performance poets.
Presents Def Poetry
The trailblazing spoken
word series on HBO, including Amalia and her mad skills (Season
2, 3, and 4).
Ortiz turned out an electrifying spoken-word piece." --
"To go beyond entertaining
and promote real activism." Onstage and in the classroom, Amalia
helps students confront the
that continue just across the river.
"Contains energy and enthusiasm to burn...brimming with
Selected by SiTV
for broadcast on the
Not So Foreign Filmmakers Showcase.
A female performance-poetry
troupe, including Ishle
Park and Bassey. Performances include the broadcast
Popular at campus events nationwide.
Book Diva Diction
"Haters, a laugh-out-loud
send-off of the reality show Cheaters, is RESET at its best with
on-point editing and graphics." --
San Antonio Current
A multimedia artist group creating
video, music, and theater
for San Antonio, San Francisco, and Southern California.
What Are You doing Tonight? (2006-2007),
a touring multimedia stageplay about the dating scene;Haters
satirical short co-starring Amalia as the sancha; 4 issues of Clogged Caps, a graffiti
video magazine; and
(2002-2006), a comic video-theater-poetry exploration of
cultural identity. They also teach children's workshops
The Land of the Past,
written by and starring Westside middle-schoolers. Watch RESET's
videos on YouTube.
Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Amalia performs at sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley
of Texas, where she grew up. She is active in the Valley International Poetry Festival, and leads workshops at school districts and universities in Cameron and Hidalgo counties. Read a
The Monitor newspaper,
and read her interview in
Valley Morning Star.
In 2006, she also participated in Borderplex Electronica at Guadalupe
Theater, a collaborative work about growing up in South Texas.
Book Amalia for a performance or workshop
Performance with the ¡Puro Slam! team and at the National Poetry Slam. Amalia
was the first Latina to reach
National Slam finals. Earned a spot on the National
Finals and Slam America
tour/film. Open Slam Champion and
Tag Team Champion (w/ Gary Mex Glazner) at the Taos Poetry Circus 2001.
Puro Slam Grand Slam champion 2000, 2001, & 2002. 1999 MVP "based on skills, execution, winnings, and over all
Throughout 2005, Amalia Ortiz hosted and curated a
poetry variety series, including writers' workshops, open
mics, mini slams and featured performances. Headliners included
Trinidad Sanchez, Jr.
(en paz descansa), Oliver Grimball, and
Vintage film performances by legendary poets closed
of ILL Repute: Refute!
All-female project to raise money for the Rape Crisis Center.
Performances included the 2000
Texas Book Festival,
Young Tongues Festival, San Antonio Inter-American
Book Fair, Latina Letters Conference,
Austin Poetry Festival, Austin Book Festival, and 2005
National Latino Alliance Conference. Performers included
Francis Treviño, Yaqui Moody, Celeste Guzmán, Victoria García
Zapata-Klein, Shannon McGarvey, Abril García Lin, Lisa Cortez
Walden, Dragonfly, Claire Aguirre, Heather Mockeridge, María
Ibarra, and Ana de Luna.