A Los Angeles born native, Estela Garcia is an actress, director, movement coach, deviser, community engagement specialist, mask maker/performer, and teacher. She received her MFA from Dell'Arte in ensemble based physical theatre and was a pupil of the late Mary Overlie, Viewpoints originator. She presently continues Six Viewpoints practice and research. 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. Most notably, she collaborated on Hyperbole: Origins which was nominated for Production of the Year by the LA Weekly Awards. Recently she directed La Chingada for Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble’s Staged Stories, an in person festival that later transitioned to digital live stream. Garcia is an associate artist for BOFLTE, an ensemble dedicated to support and enrich the lives of Latinas in the visual and performing arts.
As an actress, Garcia is best known for her portrayal of surrealist painter Remedios Varo in a play by the same name that she developed and toured to several performance venues. It was presented at 2018's [LAX] Performance Festival, The Fury Factory Festival in SF (2014), Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (2014) and The Independents produced by East LA Repertory at The Rosenthal Theater (2013).
Most recently she played Josefina in Mojada by Luis Alfaro for the Getty Museum and Center Theatre Group’s partnership for the Digital Stage.
Other notable acting credits include Esperanza in House on Mango Street at Greenway Court Theatre, Mother in Mourning of All Our Sons at Theatre At the Museum by Moving Arts at LACMA, and 14 at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre at University of Michigan.
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, Moving Arts, Education Leaders of Color, 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.
Garcia 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 lead art making, playwriting, mask performance and acting workshops to underserved communities in LA and Orange County.
Selected Film Credits: Maribel in Yolis. Laura in Juan Diego Ramirez’s film Portavoz, winner of Best Latin Short Film at The Variety Film Festival in NY. Valentina by Jorge Xolalpa Jr. winner of Best Foreign Language Film at Miami International Film Festival and Best Picture at Marina Del Rey Film Festival.