Camilo Almonacid is a gifted, witty, and powerful actor, and writer with a unique feel for the issues and themes affecting the Latino community in the United States.
Camilo began his artistic development in 2000 at El Centro de la Raza, a cultural center in Seattle, WA, participating in poetry classes, workshops, and performances. In 2002, El Centro honored Camilo with a Future Generation Leaders award presented by Governor Gary Locke. Subsequently, he was featured on the Bill Moyer’s Show as part of a segment on El Centro’s work in the Latino community. At the same time he also began work with The Seattle Public Theater under the direction of John Sullivan, bringing the ideas of Brazilian iconoclast Agusto Boal (Theater of the Oppressed) to audiences throughout Seattle, Oregon, Texas, and Los Angeles.
Other collaborations in Seattle included writing for Turf, a break dancing collective; performing regularly at the Seattle Poetry Slam; and leading writing workshops in public schools through a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. In 2002, Mr. Almonacid joined The Conciliation Project (TCP), a theater group guided by Dr.Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, whose mission is to promote dialogue about racism in America through challenging dramatic work. Camilo was both a writer and an actor with TCP.
In 2008, after a year at the Globe Theater in London, Camilo earned a BFA in acting from Rutgers University. Since then he has lived with his wife in NYC and continued to pursue acting in film, television, and theater. He has written seven plays: Desolate Wings (presented at the Seattle Fringe Festival); Rhumies; Shit Hole (presented in March 2012 at HERE ARTS CENTER as part of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival); The Lion, (a solo piece based on Pablo Neruda poetry); Amaberis; Coronas; and The Balls (an adaptation of "En Este Pueblo No Hay Ladrones" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez). In addition he has completed a screenplay, Cloud World, and is currently in pre production for a short film he authored, Los Duros. Finally, Camilo has written two books of poetry, Portraits of Things, and Medicine for Elders, and two novels: Botella Papel and The Opus of Labia.
In the Fall of 2012 Mr. Almonacid will be studying for his MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College. He is extremely proud to be a teaching artist with the city's highly praised Department Of Education programs: TheaterDanceEtcetera, Rising City