La Bruja

Bio:

Caridad De La Luz is a multi-faceted performer known as“La Bruja”, who recently won the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship 2019-2020. She starred in the hit musicals DANCING IN MY COCKROACH KILLERS and I LIKE IT LIKE THAT.

She is considered one of America’s leading spoken word poets and was named one of the ‘Top 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know”.

Caridad De La Luz is a multifaceted performer known as LA BRUJA, winner of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship 2019-2020, and a 2021 David Prize finalist who has performed in successful Off-Broadway musicals such as I LIKE IT LIKE THAT, BETSY and DANCING IN MY COCKROACH KILLERS. 

She raps, acts, sings, hosts recites, dances, does stand-up comedy, writes plays/poems/songs/scripts and teaches others how to do the same. 

She has been one of America's leading spoken word poets for over 15 years. She has received the Puerto Rican Women Legacy Award, The Edgar Allan Poe Award from The Bronx Historical Society and was honored as A Bronx Living Legend by The Bronx Music Heritage Center. 

She was presented with a Citation of Merit from The Bronx Borough President and named "Top 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know". NY Times called her a "Juggernaut" after the first off-Broadway run of her original musical BOOGIE RICAN BLVD., where she played seven different characters. 

Her acting career has taken her from stage to film: appearing in numerous movies such as BAMBOOZLED, DOWN TO THE BONE, EL VACILON and GUN HILL ROAD. 

First known for her performance on Russell Simmons' DEF POETRY JAM for HBO, she is the newly appointed Executive Director of the NUYORICAN POETS CAFE, where she began her career in 1996. 

Her Hip Hop albums can be found on Spotify and iTunes under BRUJALICIOUS and FOR WITCH IT STANDS. 

Currently, she has been cultivating her own art space in the Soundview section of The Bronx called EL GARAJE on the ancestral lands of the Siwanoy Nation, once called Snakapins. 

Along with Pepatian.org where she has been a co-director since 2019, they have just celebrated their 5th annual Bronx Indigenous Futurisms ceremony at Clason Point. They have co-produced La Bruja's new one-woman show FROM POOR TO RICO, which includes original music and visuals of Puerto Rico in the 1970s.