Estela Garcia is a multi-disciplinary artists that specializes in physical performance styles such as mask, movement and puppetry wether she is performing, writing, directing and/or producing. She received her B.A. from UCLA in Chicana/o Studies and her MFA in ensemble based physical theatre from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Garcia was an artist in residency at El Laboratorio de la Mascara (MX), under the tutelage of Alicia Martinez Alvarez where she studied mask, movement and devising which culminated in performances at The Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City. In addition, she studied mask sculpture and researched the diverse Day of the Dead mask practices in the Huasteca region in Mexico.
She is an associate artist with Rogue Artists Ensemble. During her time as an RAE member she collaborated on many of its award winning shows as creator, actress, assistant director, movement coach, teacher and mask maker. She served as member of the board for a year and produced two large scale fundraisers. Most notably, she collaborated as a writer/creator/ assistant director/movement coach for Hyperbole: Origins which was nominated for Production of the Year by the LA Weekly Awards.
Garcia grew up in South Los Angeles with very little art around and is committed to bridge the gap between underserved communities and art institutions through her extensive work in Community Engagement. Garcia is the Community Liaison for Center Theatre Group’s (CTG) Community Partnerships Programs in Boyle Heights which brings professional theatre experiences to the community of Boyle Heights.
She worked on CTG’s Community as Creators multi-year program and served as Community Liaison and AD to Kinan Valdez in “Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven” produced by CTG and El Teatro Campesino. Similarly, Estela worked on South Coast Repertory's community based project “Dialogos” led by producer Sara Guerrero and playwright Jose Cruz Gonzalez in the Cornerstone methodology. The project culminated in a site-specific play called “The Long Road Today” in which Estela transitioned from teaching artist to cast member, puppet director and puppet fabricator.
Her teaching methodologies borrow from Lecoq based movement training in addition to Viewpoints and Laban. Her work explores the poetic body and creates a foundation for character development and story creation grounded in movement. Estela has been a guest artist at Cal State LA, The University of Irvine, Cal State Northridge and East LA Magnet where she led the creation of Ensemble Created Devised Works.
In addition Estela helped lead a 2-week circus training program for The Pasadena Playhouse called “Cirque at the Playhouse” where she taught clown and mask.
She has worked with SCR, CTG,Teatro Luna, ARTEL, About Productions, 24th Street Theatre, Watts Village Theatre, East LA Rep,The Dell’Arte Company, Stefanity Productions,The Grand Guignolers, and Laboratorio de las Mascaras (MX). She 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.