"A Ribbon About A Bomb" (2017). Photo Courtesy of Exquisite Corpse Company
Born in CIUDAD JUÁREZ, raised in CHIHUAS and ZACATECAS. HUMBLED IN SoCAL, GROWN IN EL PASO. MARINATED IN NEW MEXICO. LIVES, BREATHES, & WORKS IN MANHATTAN.
Incorporates strategies of performance, play, speculation, and humor into the creation of world-building narratives. Addresses present day concerns by positioning them in impossible and often ridiculous "what if's?" Raised on deeply-rooted mystical stories of the Mexican high-deserts and along the colonial alleyways of the central highlands, Escobar continues to tell stories and paint worlds as an artist of two worlds as a way to relive the mythos and language of her native country. The idea of "The Sisterhood of the Americas," and a book about a sleeping woman keep her company at night. She writes, makes, paints, plays, and tells stories that aim for balance and challenge the devolution of human kind.
Her work has been produced, workshopped, and supported by INTAR (Then they forgot about The Rest,Penny Pinball Presents The Beacons), Milagro (Alebrijes! Death and The Tramp, B.i.(Be)), Clubbed Thumb (developed Penny Pinball Presents the Beacons at Emerging Writers Group 2017; reading at Wild Project), Lincoln Center (Sweep, part of Director's Lab 2017), The Sol Project (StoneHeart Workshop Reading 2018), the Bushwick Starr (Species:Human Starr Reading Series 2018), Queens College + New York Children's Theatre (Zoongoro Bailongo|All Strings Considered), Exquisite Corpse Company (collaborative writer on A Ribbon About a Bomb), Aurora Theatre (Sweep World Premiere 2017); Marfa Live Arts (Penny Pinball Presents The Beacons); Littleglobe (Firerock: The Musical or the project known as "Coal"), Dixon Place (The Unbearable Likeness of Jo, Semity, and Jones 2014); Carnaval New Latinx Play Festival (Sweep 2015), Sin Muros Festival at Stages Repertory Theatre (Then they forgot about The Rest), and many others. She has participated as a fellow, resident, or participant at the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Artist Residency, the Fornés Writing Workshop (led by Migdalia Cruz and Anne García-Romero, 2017-18) and Paula Vogel's Bootcamp (led by PV in NYC). Escobar is the recipient of TYA Kennedy Center National Award for Ash Tree (2010), which later represented the US at ASSITEJ in Denmark and Sweden. Notable productions include: Alebrijes (Milagro), Sweep (World Premiere, Aurora Theatre), Ash Tree (World Premiere, Duke City Repertory Theatre).
Escobar worked as events manager and producer at UT El Paso and was the producer of the V:DAY Spotlight on the Women of Juárez event starring Jane Fonda, Eve Ensler, Marinita Escobedo, Sally Field, and Lila Aragón, in 2004—an event that resulted in the resignation of the Attorney State General of Chihuahua. She is the creator of the Share the Spotlight initiative to create a new arts scholarship, and she also served 7 years for the music industry for Live Nation Latino and AEG as a program coordinator, contracts, and marketing director via Latino EMS and Office of Special Events. A freelance writer, translator, and legal writer for immigration law, Escobar has been writing professionally for nearly a decade.