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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 currently the Associate Director of SIX the Musical North America. She is also currently a Faculty member at Circle in the Square Theatre School and was the 2022 Audrey Resident at New Georges. She has worked with The Civilians as a part of the 2020 – 2021 R&D Group and was a part of the 2020 – 2022 Roundabout Directors Group Cohort. Galia has also collaborated with 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 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 How Do We Want to Do This? by Alisha Espinosa, 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 Precious Effect (Circle in the Square Theatre School), El Huracán by Charise Castro Smith, Into the Woods (Prima Theatre), Does the Title Matter? (Circle in the Square Theatre School), The Sound of Music (Bay View Music Festival), El Corrido de California by Fausto Avendaño (Roundabout Theatre Company Refocus Project), Macbeth (Circle in the Square Theatre School), 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), and July 7, 1994 by Donald Margulies (Schaeberle Studio Theatre).

Click here for Galia's resume.

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