Alisha Espinosa

Alisha Espinosa

Alisha Espinosa is an Afro-Boricua playwright and actor based on the edge of everywhere and nowhere, but mostly in NYC. She is also the Director of Education and Outreach for the LatinX Playwrights Circle. She holds an MFA in Acting and Directing from UMKC, and a BA in English Literature and Theater Arts from Le Moyne College. Previously she has presented through the Primary Stages Infinite Stories series, and...
Alisha Espinosa is an Afro-Boricua playwright and actor based on the edge of everywhere and nowhere, but mostly in NYC. She is also the Director of Education and Outreach for the LatinX Playwrights Circle. She holds an MFA in Acting and Directing from UMKC, and a BA in English Literature and Theater Arts from Le Moyne College. Previously she has presented through the Primary Stages Infinite Stories series, and a workshop reading of her play Prisoner Tongues through the Drama League’s First Stage Artist Residency Program in 2019. She has collaborated with the New York Shakespeare Exchange in their inaugural Diversity Cohort, which culminated in a festival of new short plays. Her short play friable was a finalist for the Heideman award in 2017, she was a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwright’s Festival in 2018, the 2019 Eugene O'Neill NPC, and the WP Theatre LAB 2021. She is a frequent collaborator with Step1 Theater Project. She recently participated in 48 Hours in El Bronx 2020, and is a member of Clubber Thumb's 2021 - 2022 Early Career Writer's Group.

Plays

  • The Language of the Unheard (previously Inutil)
    On the outskirts of a college town, Lucia and Liliana, two sisters, try to live together after Liliana is assaulted by a classmate. Xander Briggs, a local cop embroiled in recent incidents of police brutality, struggles with his responsibilities as an upholder of the law in these times. As she deals with Liliana's nightly disappearances, Lucia and Xander confront each other on the ground where a boy was...
    On the outskirts of a college town, Lucia and Liliana, two sisters, try to live together after Liliana is assaulted by a classmate. Xander Briggs, a local cop embroiled in recent incidents of police brutality, struggles with his responsibilities as an upholder of the law in these times. As she deals with Liliana's nightly disappearances, Lucia and Xander confront each other on the ground where a boy was recently shot. Meanwhile Liliana has found a way to make her trauma useful, and no one's prepared for what she has in mind.
  • Prisoner Tongues
    Hero and Ophelia are among the Shakespearan roles young women are made to covet and prepare for. But sometimes the role you long for becomes the role you despise, especially if the lines between art and life begin to blur. Who are Ophelia and Hero to the contemporary woman--who are Hero and Ofelia in our lives?
  • The Archive
    Luisa and Gabriel are about to get married and are moving into a new home--until Gabriel uncovers boxes and boxes of objects Luisa has kept from past relationships as an archive. When he demands that she purge the memories of the past, she is met with a dilemma and forced to confront the place of the past in her present.
  • Evolve
    In the city, the lives of three girls comes crashing together in an
    unimaginable collision. Daphne, a self-assured woman who rotates men like spices
    on a lazy-susan, lives with her sister Paloma, a woman whose monogamous
    relationship is at the core of her being. Together they fight each other and the
    patriarchy (each in their own way). Meanwhile, Miel, a girl they’ve never met,...
    In the city, the lives of three girls comes crashing together in an
    unimaginable collision. Daphne, a self-assured woman who rotates men like spices
    on a lazy-susan, lives with her sister Paloma, a woman whose monogamous
    relationship is at the core of her being. Together they fight each other and the
    patriarchy (each in their own way). Meanwhile, Miel, a girl they’ve never met, suffers
    under the tyranny of her kidnapper and pimp. All three women are united under the
    crush of the capitalistic, patriarchal system, but when Paloma is assaulted, an
    evolution is triggered in Daphne that the world, and Daphne, cannot grasp. When
    evolution tips the balance of physical power in her favor, Daphne is forced to decide: who am I, what am I capable of, and what should I do about it? (Oh---and also there’s a
    guy named Smith; he shows up a lot too.)
  • Ashes, Crumbs, and Stardust
    What makes us who we are--is it love? Are we shaped, molded, and made into who we are because of the things and people we love? If so, what happens when those loves fall apart? Rosa's love for Heath is intense and exhilarating, but its inception as an illicit affair has consequence on the relationship not only in their present but in their future. Can you shake off your past or is their always some part of...
    What makes us who we are--is it love? Are we shaped, molded, and made into who we are because of the things and people we love? If so, what happens when those loves fall apart? Rosa's love for Heath is intense and exhilarating, but its inception as an illicit affair has consequence on the relationship not only in their present but in their future. Can you shake off your past or is their always some part of you that is pulled by it? A coming of age story through love and mistakes.
  • Millenials Suck!
    Nicolasa just wants to get laid. Dan doesn't know how to deal with his transphobia. Celia is being suffocated by everyone's expectations. And it turns out Millenials are a little more complex than we give them credit for. Explore the drama and the comedy of life through the eyes of Millenials in seven ten minute plays.