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While studying a bachelor's degree in art history in my former life in Mexico City, I fell in love with the visual universe of theatre.

I feel lucky for my childhood years, spent surrounded by fabric, thanks to my mother's home-based sewing business. This sparked a lifelong curiosity about the creative and sculptural potential of textiles and other materials. Soon I found myself exploring several drawing, painting and sculpting workshops while developing a small silversmithing atelier. As a former Airline employee, I also had the opportunity to travel to places beyond my financial possibilities at the time.

These unrelated skills and experiences made great sense for theatre making, so I eventually decided to devote myself to performance design, in which I find myself constantly inspired, motivated and at home.

As a Latina immigrant artist and having designed costumes for over 85 productions, I am grateful to have lived in the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Squamish Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh səl̓ilwətaɁɬ First Nations (Vancouver) Where I earned an MFA in theatre design from the University of British Columbia.


I recently becAme an assistant professor in performance design at the University of Victoria, Theatre Department,  on lək̓ʷəŋən and WSÁNEĆ peoples traditional territories.


Some of my most recent costume designs were seen in companies such as: Arts Club Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Globe Theatre Regina, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, Electric Company Theatre, Milwaukee Rep Theater and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. I also co-curated the Canadian Exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2023.


I am the recipient of 4 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for Outstanding Costume Design, as well as an Applause Musicals Society Ovation Award.


I am a proud member of the Associated Designers of Canada (ADC), the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC) and  IATSE 891.

Photo: Alexandra Lainfiesta

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