AnaSofía Villanueva is a producer-director-writer-activist.
As a creative producer for ALMA-Alliance of Latinx Minnesota Artists, AnaSofía facilitates alliances among Minnesotan Latinx artists, serves as a liaison between individual Latinx theater artists and theater arts organizations on matters of representation and employment contracts, and she curates events that showcase local artists and celebrates the diversity of Latinx experiences. She regularly directs performances and facilitates discussions on equity, diversity, and inclusion for Pillsbury House Theatre’s Breaking Ice Program. As a member of The Performance Collective with the Center For Performing Arts, AnaSofía creates and sustains programming, relationships, and partnerships that cultivates access and abundance through performance. She is also the former artistic associate at History Theatre. Among other responsibilities at History Theatre, she produced the Raw Stages and Next Stages new works workshops and festivals as well as the touring youth productions that centered multiculturalism.
AnaSofía will be directing The Heresy of Love and recently directed Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train for the UMN/Guthrie BFA program. She has assistant directed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Mixed Blood Theatre and Native Gardens for The Guthrie Theater. For the Cornerstone Theatre Troupe, she directed Water by the Spoonful and References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot. While in residency at the University of Idaho, she directed several productions where she received a recipient of a certificate of merit in direction as well as the Stage Directors and Choreographers national award through the Kennedy Center American Theater Festival. She directed A Raisin in the Sun and The Shape of Things for Public Playhouse after assistant directing Same Time Next Yearand Tuesdays with Morrie. She also directed Enchanted April for the Regional Theatre of the Palouse, among other productions.
AnaSofía is the author of the Power Dynamics Series for MinnesotaPlaylist where she defines, analyzes, and questions differing aspects of how power is divided and reflected within the theater arts industry from a Mixed-Race Latina’s perspective. Her spoken word poetry also centers her intersectional identity and has been performed at local Minnesota venues as well as the Critical Mixed-Race Studies Conference. As a playwright, she has had a reading of her play, Sabor, as part of the Spaceman Ax Salon Series and, TENGO VOZ, at Mixed Blood Theatre. While in residency at the University of Idaho, three of her plays were produced: Amor del Alma, EXOTIC, and POLLUX, to which she received a certificate of merit in playwrighting from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for EXOTIC.