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Elia Arce

Elia Arce is an internationally known artist working in performance, theater, film/video, writing and installation. She is the recipient of the J. Paul Getty Individual Artist Award, grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and was a 1999 nominee for the Herb Alpert/CalArts Award in Theater. Since 1986, she has been creating, directing and performing solo theatre works, as well as collaborations with HIV positive immigrants in Houston, house-keeping staff in Banff, Canada and the homeless of LA's skid row as a founding member of the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD). She is dedicated to directing long term artist residencies with young artists to mentor them in the process of creating community based art. In 1993 she created her first full-length solo performance: "I Have So Many Stitches That Sometimes I Dream That I'm Sick". In 1995/96 she toured nationally and internationally with her second solo "Stretching My Skin Until It Rips Whole". Her newest solo work "First Woman on the Moon" was featured at the First International Latino Theatre Festival in Los Angeles and at the First Performance Art Festival in Chile. A dual citizen of Costa Rica and the United States, Arce is based in the California desert.