Carl(os) Roa

Carl(os) Roa

Carl(os) Roa is a creator, writer, performer, organizer, juicy Colombian bear, and effusive Miami transplant. A proud alumni of the Headlong Performance Institute and Drexel University, (os)’ work explores the marginalized within the marginalized, and child-like revelry in performance. They are also a third-year member of the Foundry at PlayPenn: a playwriting group that is guided by the mentorship of Keelay...
Carl(os) Roa is a creator, writer, performer, organizer, juicy Colombian bear, and effusive Miami transplant. A proud alumni of the Headlong Performance Institute and Drexel University, (os)’ work explores the marginalized within the marginalized, and child-like revelry in performance. They are also a third-year member of the Foundry at PlayPenn: a playwriting group that is guided by the mentorship of Keelay Gipson and LM Feldman.

They’ve worked with numerous artistic organizations in Philadelphia, including The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Taller Puertorriqueño, First Person Arts, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, The Painted Bride, and Swim Pony Performing Arts. They are currently a contributing writer for HowlRound Theatre Commons and American Theatre Magazine, and have written other publications such as Artblog.

Previous projects include: From Beneath, It Lurks, a play they wrote alongside local Philly directors Adrienne Mackey and Bradley Wrenn; Andean Mountains, which was self-produced and the recipient of a residency provided by FringeArts and received its world premiere at Taller Puertorriqueño. Their latest project was called Spanish For Estranged Latin Kids: an exploration of culture loss disguised as a TED talk that premiered at Circle of Hope.

Plays

  • Pase Lo Que Pase (I Will Always Find You)
    Fátima lives in Tegucigalpa, where she must fight for her life every single day. Guillermo lives in Bogotá, where he is told repeatedly that he does not belong. They both find two halves of an ancient, sentient map that compels them to take a journey to meet each other. But what starts out as a mystic quest turns out to be a horrific nightmare. Pase Lo Que Pase explores the question: what does it mean to be terrified of your own culture?
  • Spanish For Estranged Latin Kids
    You are cordially invited to our special seminar: Spanish For Estranged Latin Kids. Destiny y Pancho are very excited to present their culture to you, as they’re highly qualified cultural mavens who know what they’re talking about. Join us as we educate you about some very important concepts regarding the subject of Latin culture, in a perfectly safe environment where nothing will go awry. This seminar on...
    You are cordially invited to our special seminar: Spanish For Estranged Latin Kids. Destiny y Pancho are very excited to present their culture to you, as they’re highly qualified cultural mavens who know what they’re talking about. Join us as we educate you about some very important concepts regarding the subject of Latin culture, in a perfectly safe environment where nothing will go awry. This seminar on Spanish For Estranged Latin Kids promises to be a harmless experience devoid of any difficult questions about Who We Are and Where We Come From.
  • Tribe of the Brightest Sun
    Tribe of the Brightest Sun is a piece of trash. It is also a collection of vignettes depicting the existences of Iris, Judy, and Sunshine. They are members of a clan who are perfectly fine with being invisible, and they’ve been at it for as long as they could remember. Within their acropolis of garbage, the three women grapple with their isolation, fake acid tabs, finding beauty within filth, and most...
    Tribe of the Brightest Sun is a piece of trash. It is also a collection of vignettes depicting the existences of Iris, Judy, and Sunshine. They are members of a clan who are perfectly fine with being invisible, and they’ve been at it for as long as they could remember. Within their acropolis of garbage, the three women grapple with their isolation, fake acid tabs, finding beauty within filth, and most importantly: the sun. Combining elements of both theatre and dance, this play reminds us of who lives underneath our bridges, or in our neighborhoods when we’re not watching.
  • Andean Mountains (Montañas Andinas)
    Andean Mountains is about personal geography: the way we relate to our place of origin versus where we’ve relocated. Living in the realm of not-quite-theatre, the piece is both a Google Street View tour as well as an exploration of culture loss. Featuring a performance by a juicy Colombian bear, audiences digitally globetrot to various locations – from sunny Miami to urban Bogotá to rural Caquetá. By visiting...
    Andean Mountains is about personal geography: the way we relate to our place of origin versus where we’ve relocated. Living in the realm of not-quite-theatre, the piece is both a Google Street View tour as well as an exploration of culture loss. Featuring a performance by a juicy Colombian bear, audiences digitally globetrot to various locations – from sunny Miami to urban Bogotá to rural Caquetá. By visiting these locations on Google Maps and comparing them to more familiar territories, we are left with the realization that we are a combination of all the places we’ve lived, not just where we’re from.