Annalisa Dias is a citizen artist, community organizer, and award-winning theatre maker working at the intersection of racial justice and care for the earth. She is a Producing Playwright with The Welders, a DC playwright's collective; and is Co-Founder of the DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice. Annalisa frequently teaches theatre of the oppressed and decolonization workshops nationally and internationally and speaks about race, identity, and performance. She is a TCG Rising Leader of Color and also works toward diversity and inclusion full time at the American Political Science Association. Recent original work includes 4380 NIGHTS, a world premiere new play about detainees at Guantanamo and the historical legacy of global colonialism, which opened in January 2018 at DC's Signature Theatre as part of the 2nd Women's Voices Theatre Festival. Upcoming work includes THE EARTH, THAT IS SUFFICIENT, a world premiere performance project about environmental history and hope for the future, to be produced by The Welders in Washington DC.
Annalisa's work has been supported by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Puffin Foundation, the Network of Ensemble Theatres NET/TEN program, TCG's Global Connections program, and the Mead Theatre Lab.