Alina received her BFA in Acting and Political Science at the University of Northern Colorado. At university, she was a member of Hello My Name Is sketch comedy group for three years and appeared in main stage productions such as Pride and Prejudice, Clybourne Park, The Skriker, Children of Eden, and Sunday in the Park with George. She is a former member of Greeley, Colorado band, Iguas Davis, and continues to write and produce her own music. She is currently enjoying her first season at Elysium Conservatory Theatre and looks forward to growing fearless with this company.
Tell us about a transformative educational experience.
In my last year of college my best friend, and go to movement creative mind, choreographed and directed a movement piece entitled No Name. It was based on Marina Chapman’s autobiography, “The Girl with No Name”. Essentially Marina was kidnapped in Colombia and dropped in the rain forest by her snatchers where she was raised by Capuchin monkeys from ages 4 to 9. The director constructed a team of movers who were mostly portraying monkeys and I was cast as ‘Mama Ape’. I had to quickly overcome any self camera and focus on what it looks like, in my own body, to portray instinctual and primitive playfulness, maternity, and fierce love. It transformed the way I move on stage and gave me confidence in my capabilities as an artist.
What about transformative professional experiences?
I spent a summer in Madrid teaching voice and dance to ages 3-13. I was asked while there to direct and write a show for the kids in two weeks. I have never considered myself a talented teacher and was tested by what I thought my limits and what they actually were. Playing and growing with these kids who constantly demanded my best was one of the hardest things I have had to do but it taught me that empowering artistry in young minds is arguably the most important gift we can give as creatives.
Why I do what I do...
I write and perform to give life to experiences that haven’t been put in the spotlight. Validation through storytelling is so important. I cannot count how many times I have felt alone because my experiences were less recounted and represented in the stories I was seeing on stage and in the media. Once I began experiencing art by, for, and about women, it set me off in a direction that landed me here in Los Angeles. I feel most alive while performing and digging deeper into what I am capable of expressing on stage/film and cannot imagine anything I would rather be doing during such a time in our world where art is slowly healing the wounds of society.
What about ECT inspires you?
The approach to artistry at ECT is absolutely invigorating. It is inspiring to see a group of artists create a judgment free space to explore shared passions. To see a company whose mission statement is about growing and not about the finished product motivates me to give as much honesty to this process as I possibly can. I cannot wait to fully experience this group of artists.
Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit?
I have traveled to Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and Spain. I dream of visiting Japan, Scotland, and Patagonia - also Columbia!
My favorite "day-off" event would be...
My favorite day off event would be getting to the beach or going into nature. There is nothing better than getting to hike or relax in nature.
If I had one million dollars I would...
If I had one million dollars, I would start an all femme production company that contracted femme/non-binary writers and directors to share their stories and create passion projects. It’s success would fund minority owned business start ups.
Did you know...
I once wrestled an alligator. No joke, I went to an alligator farm and was taught how to wrestle alligators.