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Viviana “Yura Sapi” Vargas (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, activist and facilitator. Viviana is passionate about changing the world by working with others to create liberated spaces that uplift marginalized voices, experiences and storytelling. They run Advancing Arts Forward, a movement to advance equity, inclusion and social justice through the arts by uplifting, healing, and encouraging artists and activists to explore their potential to thrive. Personally, Viviana works through artistic mediums including poetry, photography, illustration, theatre, film, and more. They are a Cycle IV fellow of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship and part of artEquity’s 2018 National Facilitator Training cohort. Viviana is a Steering Committee Member of the Latinx Theatre Commons and a member of The Intersection, a network for intersectional entrepreneurs, freelancers, & professionals in tech, media, and business. They hold an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College and a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University. Their work is regularly featured in the monthly zine, Young Ignorates. Viviana has worked with arts organizations including Theatre Communications Group, HowlRound Theatre Commons, Actors’ Equity Association, The Public Theater and CultureHub. Read their blog posts on “Why I’ve Changed My EDI Philosophy” and “My Beginnings” on Medium.


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