Yara Travieso is a Latin-American Brooklyn based writer, director, filmmaker, and choreographer. Through films and performances, Travieso upends long-established modes of storytelling. Travieso is a 2019 United States Artist Arison Fellow, a Creative Capital recipient, and a winner of The National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures Grant via The Ford Foundation. Her original productions have been featured in NYC’s Park Avenue Armory’s Drill Hall, Lincoln Center, EMPAC, BRIC, Performance Space New York, Joe’s Pub, The High Line, and Vizcaya Museum among others. Her film works have been featured at Film Society of Lincoln Center, Miami Film Festival, SXSW panel picker, Museum of The Moving Image and commissioned by Hermes of Paris, GQ, Condé Nast among others. Travieso co-founded The Borscht Film Festival which received a Knights Grant and was named “the weirdest film festival on the planet,” by IndieWire, among many other recognitions.
Travieso’s current touring immersive musical and film, "La Medea" has welcomed numerous packed houses and received high acclaim, VICE magazine stating: “A modern-day Medea is mythology’s 'Nasty Woman’.” Travieso's 2018 YoungArts presented production, "EL Ciclón" took over half a Miami city block. Her production of "Sagittarius A" took over EMPAC’s large concert hall in a 360 immersive film. She is the recipient of residencies such as: PS122 RAMP, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, BRICLab, STREB, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and The Bessie Shonberg Residency at The Yard. She became a YoungArts awardee in 2005 and soon after received her high school diploma from New World School of the Arts High School. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School in 2009 after which, Travieso danced professionally for the MET Opera for five years.