Yara Travieso
Director, Choreographer, and Filmmaker
Brooklyn, NY
2019 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Sarah Arison.

Originally from Miami, FL, Yara Travieso is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, filmmaker, and choreographer. She creates large-scale performances and films that reclaim the mythical and cultural lens for women. Travieso’s live works have been presented at the Park Avenue Armory’s Drill Hall, the Lincoln Center, EMPAC, BRIC Arts Media, Performance Space NY, Miami’s New World Symphony Center, Vizcaya Museum, and Amphithéâtre D’oin in France, among others. Her film works have been featured at SXSW, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Miami Film Festival, the Museum of The Moving Image, Joe’s Pub, and commissioned by Hermes of Paris and Glamour Magazine, to name a few.

Her 2018 production, El Ciclón, took over a Miami block to create a tropical-thriller live film. Her 2017 touring production, La Medea, received a Creative Capital award, premiered at NYC’s COIL Festival, and was featured in VICE, which hailed “A Modern-Day Medea is Mythology’s ‘Nasty Woman.’” In 2015, Travieso was awarded the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Grant via The Ford Foundation. She is also the recipient of a number of residencies such as PS122 RAMP (2016), LMCC (2015), BRICLab (2014), STREB Lab (2014), Tribeca Performing Arts Center (2013), and Bessie Shonberg (2010).

In 2005, Travieso co-founded The Borscht Film Festival in Miami, which was called “the weirdest film festival on the planet” by IndieWire. She received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2009, then danced for The Metropolitan Opera for five years. As a young artist, Travieso attended New World School Of The Arts and received a YoungArts Award in 2005.

Portrait photo by Katia Repina.

  • Artwork by Yara Travieso
    La Medea Premiere, 2017. Theatrical musical and live film. PS122 COIL Festival, BRIC Arts Media House and Dance Films Association. Photo by Darren Philip Hoffman.
  • Artwork by Yara Travieso
    El Ciclón, 2018. Presented by the National YoungArts Foundation. Photo by Andrea Lorena.
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