Born in Manizales, Colombia, in 1952. He co-founded one of the most important repertory theater company in Colombia, the Teatro Libre, and its School of Acting, where he worked as resident actor, director and producer for almost 30 years in close to forty productions. In 2000 he starred in the internationally acclaimed film “La Virgen de los Sicarios” (“Our Lady of the Assassins”), directed by Barbet Schroeder and was awarded the Gold Medal in the Venice Film Festival (2000), where he was nominated for Best Actor. In August 2001 he came to New York and founded ID Studio Theater Performance and Research Center, where as Artistic Director he has directed and produced 15 plays over the course of 15 years.
In the fall of 2013 he was invited to play the lead in Mario Diament’s “Cita a Ciegas” (“Blind Date”), at the REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL in New York, for which he received the three most prestigious prizes in 2014 for Best Actor in Hispanic Theater in the USA: ACE (Asociación de Cronistas del Espectáculo), ATI, and HOLA. Since then he has continued performing award-winning roles at REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL. In 2016 he appeared in the second season of the popular Netflix series "Narcos," where he performed the role of Gustavo de Greiff.
Deputy Artistic Director
Nelson holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the Universidad Central in Bogota, Colombia. In 1998 he joined el Teatro Libre as an actor and director where he participated in more than 25 productions for more than 14 years. He taught at the drama school of the Teatro Libre from 1999 to 2006 and at the Universidad Central program of drama and performance studies until 2014, where he led more than 30 student productions. Nelson was also the founder and Artistic director of al Compañía Nacional de las Artes. In 2007 he was invited by ID Studio Theater to train and assist in the production of a community theater project in New York. In 2015 he directed Maxima Seguidad (Maximum Security) by Piedad Bonnett, performed at the Theater for the New City in New York, and In 2016 direced Arturo el Niño (Arthur the Kid), a children’s play inaugurating ID Studio Theater’s new home in Mott Haven, Bronx New York.
Linn Cary Mehta
Linn Cary Mehta has taught at Columbia, Yale, Vassar, and Barnard College and at NYU, and worked in Education and Culture at the Ford Foundation. In 2015, she published Poetry and Politics of Decolonization: Tagore, Yeats, Senghor, Césaire, and Neruda. Her involvement with immigrant cultures in New York has led her to serve on the boards of Goddard-Riverside Community Center, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and ID Studio Theater Performance and Research Center, for which she has adapted and translated several plays. She has studied and taught twentieth-century poetry in English, Spanish, and French; her work concerns the interaction of literature and development, especially in the Americas, during the 20th century.
The daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico, Juanita was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley; the heart of California’s agricultural industry. She is a writer and photographer who has been performing and producing theater in New York and Latin America for over eight years. She joined ID Studio Theater in 2007 where she has produced and performed in various theater productions in New York, New Jersey and New Haven, Conn. She recently directed her very first production of A NIGHT WITHOUT A BLANKET, a solo-drama based on two stories by the notable Palestinian writer, Ghassan Kanafani, on April 2016 in New York. Currently she performs in the 2017 production "Pedro Infante: Cien Años Pienso en Tí."
Lucia della Paolera
Special Projects Director
Lucia della Paolera was born in Brooklyn, and currently lives and works in the South Bronx. In January 2015 she joined ID Studio Theater with her translation from Spanish to English of Máxima Seguridad (Maximum Security) by Piedad Bonnett, which premiered in New York and later toured in Colombia.
She is the Project Director of “Mott Haven Home Movies: South Bronx Cribs” video workshop project, in collaboration with BronxArtSpace. At ID Studio she also assists with community outreach, publicity, project development and grant-writing. She has a bachelors degree in English and Music from the University of Pennsylvania (2010).