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 was awarded the Puerto Rican Women Legacy Award, The Edgar Allan Poe Award for excellence in writing from The Bronx Historical Society and has been titled a Bronx Living Legend along with a Citation of Merit from the Bronx Borough President.
She was has performed in venues such as The Apollo, Lincoln Center, Gracie Mansion, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, City Hall and in venues internationally.
Since her debut performance in the famed Nuyorican Poets Café in 1996, she continues to host the Monday Night Open Mics entertaining the crowds with her comedic improvisational skills and poetic prowess.
N.Y. Times called her”a Juggernaut”after her original musical Boogie Rican Blvd. where she played 7 different characters.
She was awarded Best Musical for the 2015 production of Betsy where she played the title role. Her acting career has taken her from the stage to film: appearing in numerous movies including Bamboozled, Down to the Bone, El Vacilon and Gun Hill Road. She proudly played an extra in Ava DuVernay’s WHEN THEY SEE US, check in the opening scene of Episode 3 with John Leguizamo.
She crossed over as a recording artist with her albums “Brujalicious” and “For Witch It Stands” both on Spotify and iTunes.
Her poetry is featured on Prince Royce’s album “Phase II” and she is infamous for her piercing performance on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam.
As a teaching artist, Caridad has worked throughout the country facilitating writing and performance workshops for countless youth and aspiring artists.
She is currently cultivating her own art space in the Soundview area of The Bronx called El Garaje and will soon be traveling the West Coast of Canada, Peru and Africa to visit Indigenous healers and expand her practice.