VICTORIA PREIS

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Victoria is a multi-disciplinary artist of Puerto Rican descent based in New York City. Refusing to be limited to one category, she has experience working as a director, actor, designer, vocalist and visual artist. Placed in the top 5% of her class, Victoria received her B.F.A. in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in May 2018 with honors as a recipient of the Rudin and Tisch Academic Excellence Scholarships. There she has had the extraordinary opportunity to gain expertise in several art forms by studying in Berlin where she studied under professors from the highly acclaimed Ernst Busch Academy of the Dramatic Arts, attended a week long masterclass with the innovative GOBSQUAD, collaborated on limited engagement performance installation at St. Agnes, and participated with global conservatory students in the international FIND Festival, founded by Schaubuhne artist director, Thomas Ostermeier.

 

Thanks to the global network of New York University, Victoria has also had the opportunity to study Commedia Dell'Arte with prominent international theatre artists at Villa La Pietra, a historical renaissance villa built in Florence during the 15th Century. There she was granted the wonderful opportunity to take part in The Season, where she performed an adaptation of Moliere's The Miser's Daughter in La Pietra garden and assisted in the performance and artistic development of a musical procession, titled Fortuna Avversa, exploring Dante’s Fourth Circle and the sin of Greed through the Strozzi Museum.

 

In New York, Victoria has worked as an actor, designer, stage manager, and director in several productions at Playwrights Downtown, an extension of the off-broadway theater, Playwrights Horizons. She has been able to develop new works with Clubbed Thumb and perform as a vocalist in venues such as Carnegie Hall. She was a collaborator in devising the original piece, Welcome, which explored the tumultuous journeys many refugees face as they escape violence and war in their home countries. This was created by conducting first-hand interviews with individuals who have seeked asylum and was presented to elementary and middle-school aged children to educate them about the current refugee crisis in a safe and sensitive environment. Additionally, Victoria has also designed a template for an arts-based group of women in maximum security prisons to create, design and perform their own theatrical piece for an outside audience as they reclaim the narratives of their lives. 

 

Recently, Victoria has functioned as an author for Samuel French's Breaking Character Magazine where she wrote about Samuel French titles and opportunities with their partners and a featured writer for OnStage Blog. In the near future, Victoria will be directing a staged reading of her play, Surge, which is inspired by her family and addresses the colonialist relationship between the United States & Puerto Rico during times of environmental crisis. She also will be directing a production of Federico García Lorca's Yerma, as an ode to Puerto Rico, which will premiere on November 19th, the day Columbus landed in PR during his second voyage to the Americas. 

 

Read Victoria's following articles below:
"Top 10 Plays About Family," in Breaking Character Magazine
"Say No to Unpaid Positions and Stipends: A Newcomer Takes a Stand," in OnStage Blog
Puerto Rico Deserves More Than West Side Story,” in OnStage Blog