A Los Angeles born native, Estela Garcia is an actress, movement coach, deviser, community engagement specialist, mask maker/performer, teacher and tinkerer of materials. She received her MFA from Dell'Arte in ensemble based physical theater and was a student of the late Mary Overlie, Viewpoints originator. In addition to being Movement faculty at CalArts, Garcia is faculty at South Coast Repertory and a resident teaching artist for Center Theatre Group.
As a director/movement coach, Estela worked with Kinan Valdez on Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven, co-produced by Center Theatre Group and El Teatro Campesino, was Puppetry Director for South Coast Rep’s The Long Road Today, and numerous award winning productions with Rogue Artists Ensemble, for which she is an Associate Artist.
As an actress, Garcia is best known for her portrayal of surrealist painter Remedios Varo in a play by the same name that she created, last presented at 2018's [LAX] Performance Festival.
Most recently she played Josefina in Mojada by Luis Alfaro for Center Theatre Group’s partnership for the Digital Stage. Her experimental short film TRYING can be found on The Music Center's website as part of the For the Love of L.A. series.
Garcia has performed in venues such as ArtWorks, Bootleg Theatre, LACMA, The Getty Villa, The Getty Center, El Portal, South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Rosenthal Theatre, and The Pasadena Playhouse.
She has been a guest artist at Cal State LA, The University of Irvine, Cal State Northridge, and East LA Magnet, where she helped lead the creation of Ensemble Created Devised Work. In addition, Garcia has led art making, playwriting, mask performance, and acting workshops to communities all over LA and Orange County.