Director | Choreographer
Galia Backal (she/her/hers) is a first generation Mexican-American director, choreographer, and collaborator. She is drawn to work that supports themes of diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality, specifically pieces that center women and Latinx stories. She loves collaborating with playwrights and composers on new works that include interactive and immersive elements.
Galia received her BA in Directing from Pace University and is a part of the 2020 – 2022 Roundabout Directors Group Cohort. She is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Circle in the Square Theatre School and is a 2022 Audrey Resident at New Georges. She has worked with The Civilians as a part of the 2020 – 2021 R&D Group as well as The Drama League, Samuel French, Atlantic Theater Company, The Broadway League, Theatre for a New Audience, The Sol Project, The Tank, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and TADA Theatre.
As the Associate Director and Ensemble Member of The Voting Project, Galia just completed a National Zoom Tour of CARLA'S QUINCE, a theatrical immersive zoom experience aimed at mobilizing young Latinx voters to the polls. CARLA'S QUINCE has recently been nominated for The 2021 Drama League Award for Outstanding Interactive or Socially-Distanced Theater.
Galia has acted as director and creator for collaborative works including The Show Must Go On: Musical Revue (Bay View Music Festival), A Very Girly Story (EAT), One Day Older (Theatre Row), Silence (The Tank), Nightcap (Match:Lit Theatre Company), and If I Dare (Layton Studios). Recent directing credits include The Archive by Alisha Espinosa (Pace University), In the End (Pace University Devised Piece), EVERYBODY by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (LIU Post Theatre Company), El Cóndor Mágico by Noelle Viñas (The Civilians R&D Group), Untitled Puppet Show by Daniella De Jesús (San Diego Repertory Theater), INÚTIL by Alisha Espinosa (Teatro LATEA), Canciones Project Workshop by Beto O’Byrne (The Sol Project), The End of Incorporated Filth by Chloe Hayat (The Chain Theater), West Side Story (Bay View Music Festival), Latch by Tom Mularz (Samuel French OOB Festival), Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph (Schaeberle Studio Theatre), July 7, 1994 by Donald Margulies (Schaeberle Studio Theatre), Macbeth the Musical (DTASC Festival), God's Country by Steven Dietz (DTASC Festival), Buried Child by Sam Shepard (DTASC Festival), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All To You by Christopher Durang (NSLC at the Manhattan Theatre Club Studios), and Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies (DTASC Festival).
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