Alina Troyano (b. 1951, Havana): Probably best known for one of her characters, Carmelita Tropicana, Troyano is a playwright, essayist and performance artist who won an Obie for sustained excellence of performance with her culture-crossing creations. Her prose and plays, which include Chicas 2000 and Milk of Amnesia, were collected in I, Carmelita Tropicana: Performing Between Cultures. Her performances plays and videos have been presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Hebbel Am Ufer in Berlin, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea in Barcelona, the Berlin International Film Festival and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, among other venues. She has received funding support from the Independent Television Service, the Jerome Foundation, and the Rockefeller Suitcase Fund. (Cintas for literature, 1995-96)

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