Born in Colombia, he co-founded the Teatro Libre and its School of Acting, where he worked as resident actor, director and producer for almost 30 years. In August 2001 he moved 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 17 years.
He has worked in over a dozen of films, notable among them Our Lady of the Assassins by Barbet Schroeder (2000), for which he received the Gold Medal of the Senate in the Venice Film Festival. He works at Repertorio Español in New York City and he has been awarded the three most prestigious prizes in for Best Actor in Hispanic Theater in the USA: ACE (Asociación de Cronistas del Espectáculo), ATI, and HOLA.G
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 and at the Universidad Central program of drama and performance. Nelson is also the founder and Artistic director of Compañía Nacional de las Artes. In 2015 he was invited by ID Studio to direct Maxima Seguridad (Maximum Security) by Piedad Bonnett, performed at the Theater for the New City in New York, and In 2016 directed Arturo el Niño (Arthur the Kid), a children’s play inaugurating ID Studio Theater’s new home in Mott Haven, Bronx. He starred in the summer production El cielo y el dolor, under the direction of Germán Jaramillo in 2018, for which he received an HOLA award.
Linn Cary Mehta
Linn Cary Mehta has taught at Columbia, Yale, Vassar, and Barnard College and NYU, and worked in Education and Culture at the Ford Foundation. 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. 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.
Lucía della Paolera
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).
SPECIAL PROJECTS DIRECTOR
The daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico, Juanita was born and raised in
the San Joaquin Valley. 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. In 2016 she directed her first production, A Night Without A Blanket, a solo-drama based on two stories by Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani. In 2018 she received the HOLA Award for best actress for her performance in ID Studio’s Pedro Infante: cien años pienso en ti.