The Civilians 2020-2021 R&D Group
Galia will be directing Noelle Viñas' EL CÓNDOR MÁGICO as a part of The Civilians' 2020 -2021 R&D Group.
El Cóndor Mágico examines the events of Operation Condor, the US-backed campaign of right-wing dictatorships and repressive regimes in South America throughout the 1970s-80s via oral history, research, and satire. It will also explore the American fascination with magical realism, a Latin American narrative tool rooted in history in a region where people have been known to "disappear," problems miraculously go away, and corruption can serve as a curtain behind which history does tricks. Research will unravel how the political imprisonment of over 400,000 people, varied intimidation/torture tactics taught by the US, and unknown thousands of "disappeared" people set a precedent for relations between the US and Latin America that haunt us today. With an eye on Operation Condor's long shadow and impressive wingspan, it asks: who is the magician behind the "magical realism" when it comes to the relationship between Latin America and the US?
2020-2021 Roundabout Directors Group Cohort
Galia has been selected to be a part of the 2020 -2021 Roundabout Directors Group Cohort.
The cohort will begin meeting this fall to connect with established theater artists to offer mentorship and workshops on topics ranging from leadership during a global pandemic, the transitioning from assisting to directing, directing for TV/Film, understanding SDC, to self-producing and finding representation.
CARLA'S QUINCE Virtual Tour
As a part of The Voting Project Ensemble, Galia is the Associate Director on CARLA'S QUINCE, an immersive virtual experience that invites audiences to become guests at Carla's Zoom Quinceañera.
With the aim of increasing Latinx participation in the United States' electoral process, this non-partisan English/Spanish extravaganza will inform on the voting process, break down some of the issues at stake this election year, and provide space for individuals to reflect on how their voting choices affect their communities. Those who identify as Latinx are especially encouraged to attend!
Even a global pandemic can’t stop birthday girl Carla from celebrating her Quinceañera. Music? Check. Dancing? Check. Gifts? Just one. Carla would really, really, really like you to register to vote!
Staged Reading of INÚTIL by Alisha Espinosa at Teatro LATEA
Galia will be directing the staged reading of Alisha Espinosa's new play INÚTIL as a part of Teatro LATEA's eMeLe-K 2020 reading series.
On the outskirts of a college town, Lucia and Liliana, two sisters, try to live together after Liliana is assaulted by a classmate. Meanwhile Xander Briggs, a local cop embroiled in recent incidents of police brutality, struggles with his responsibilities as an upholder of the law in these times.
The End of Incorporated Filth at the Pre-Emerging Artist Festival
Galia will be directing the world premiere of Chloé Hayat's new play The End of Incorporated Filth at Breaking and Entering Theater Collective's Pre-Emerging Artist Festival.
The End of Incorporated Filth by Chloe Hayat and Directed by Galia Backal explores the burlesque scene in the late thirties after anti-LGBTQ and Sex-Censorship laws affect the community.
Press Is In!
Bay View Music Festival's West Side Story was met with great praise and excitement in Petoskey, Michigan! Check out the article and review below for an inside look at Galia's West Side Story.
West Side Story at Bay View Music Festival
Galia is thrilled to announce that she will be Directing and Choreographing the Bay View Music Festival's production of West Side Story July 11 - 13, 2019. The production will include students from Bay View's acclaimed Opera Conservatory as well as Latinx actors from NYC and Michigan community members. The Festival lays claim as the longest continuously operating chamber music festival in the United States and continues to offer additional training, perspective, refreshment, and the inspiration needed to pursue a career in the arts.
The Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series
After a successful workshop as a part of Danspace Project's Residency, Galia's devised ensemble Community Snacks will be premiering A Very Girly Story as a part of The Emerging Artists Theatre's New Work Series Fall 2018. A Very Girly Story is an immersive, participatory sleepover play that explores friendship, intimacy, and how women learn and grow. The performance will take place October 12, 2018 at 9pm at Tada! Theater.
Danspace Project Residency
As a part of NYU Tisch's Danspace Residency 2018, Galia's devised ensemble will present excerpts from their upcoming project A Very Girly Story. The ensemble's goal has been to investigate the patriarchal and capitalist conventions at the core of American theatre, and create a piece that is deeply feminist, intersectional and wholly new. From this goal, they have created the first draft of a feminist theatre piece that explores what it means to be a woman today.
LPAC Rough Draft Festival: ROKERA the musical
Galia will be assisting Estefania Fadul's production of ROKERA the musical at LPAC's Rough Draft Festival. Written by Tatiana Suarez-Pico - Directed by Estefanía Fadul - Music by Michelle J. Rodriguez. In Collaboration with The Sol Project.
Brooklyn-born Lulu, Mickey, and Bella want to be superstars, but they also want to go to college, and date, and go crazy because that's what you do when you're 18. When Lulu's mom decides to go back to her native Colombia for mysterious reasons, Lulu's world is turned upside down. Mickey and Bella come to Lulu's aid, but soon they're facing problems of their own. Rokera is about growing up and growing tough; a transformative rock musical.
The Drama League Benefit Gala Honoring Steve Martin
Galia acted as the Assistant Director for The Drama League's Benefit Gala Honoring Steve Martin. The gala included a musical revue honoringSteve Martin's career with Broadway stars and award winning guests including Kermit the Frog, Judith Light, Kevin Kline, Ed Helms, Carol Kane, Lea DeLaria, Jennifer Simard, Alex Brightman, Justin Guarini, Lauren Worsham, and Orfeh.
Latch by Tom Mularz at Samuel French's OOB Short Play Festival
Galia directed the world premiere of Tom Mularz's new short play Latch at the 2017 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.
After years of being forced to stay in the basement while his mother runs her business, a teenage boy’s world goes spinning when he ventures out and contacts one of her clients.