Encarnita Figueroa Santiago
Encarnita Figueroa Santiago is a Puerto Rican actress, mime, writer, outreach educator and teacher. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Puerto Rico and received a Master of Fine Arts degree, majoring in acting, and minoring in movement, from Michigan State University in E. Lansing, Michigan where she currently resides.
She has taken workshops with Augusto Boal, Douglas Campbell, Stefan Niedzialkowski, and Marcel Marceau, offering the preview address before his last performance on his final American tour. Ms. Figueroa has belonged to more than four professional theater groups, including Taller de Histriones, the only professional mime troupe in Puerto Rico. Her training includes traditional and classical plays, including classical Greek theater, Shakespeare, fifteenth-century Spanish drama, and work with mime, movement, modern theater, farces, parodies and monologues, and her own mime and acting compositions, as well as a wide range of popular theater.
Since Encarnita finished her final degree, she has offered and participated in a wide variety of workshops and performances tailored to the needs of university, secondary and primary, as well as community based, education groups. Encarnita Figueroa's performance history includes participation in over fifty plays and solo performances, television, and video productions. As an actress, Ms. Figueroa has received awards in both Puerto Rico and the United States.
Ms. Figueroa states that her work focuses on the relation between theater and education for social change, and on how the body creates meaning in everyday interaction. She states: "Theater does not belong to a specific social class, but to everybody. Through theater we reflect, while 're-presenting.' The actor becomes an advocate for social change. I desire a theater without any 'keys' or 'formulas.' I desire a theater without hierarchies and dominators, a theater that is just the one that is needed at that specific time."