Raquel was born in Madrid – Spain, is also of Costa Rican descent and has lived most of her life in the U.S. As an interdisciplinary artist she holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University – Deans Fellowship recipient. B.F.A. in Theatre from University of Florida/New World School of the Arts Conservatory where she developed work as a writer, director, actor and dramaturge. Almazan is the Artistic Director of LA LUCHA ARTS, producing several of her original works, including LATIN IS AMERICA play cycle and lecture-performance, a collection of bi-lingual works in dedication to each Latin American country. Select play credits include: La Paloma Prisoner (recipient of thethe LGBTQ Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Prize, Workshop: Signature Theatre off Broadway – readings: La Mama ETC, INTAR, Labyrinth Theatre Company and The Lark). CAFÉ (recipient of Kennedy Center’s Latinidad Award, Columbia Stages workshop directed by Elena Araoz). La Migra Taco Truck and Dar a Luz (off Broadway NYC Theatre Row, Aspen Stage, New Theatre-FL). El Oido De un Pais (New Theatre-FL). Junkyard Food (Louis O’Gerrits Theatre). Watermelon (Lone Star Co., off Broadway reading). She was awarded a Professional Development residency with the Eugene O’Neill Center Playwrights Conference 2015 and is a Core Apprentice Writer with The Playwrights’ Center 2015-16.
Her plays as writer/performer are The Hopefulness/Esperanza (recipient of the Kate Neal Kinley Playwriting Fellowship, workshops: Rising Circle Theatre Collective INKtank Lab- at Theatre Row off Broadway,Teatro Iati). Glossy Page Pimps (directed by Michael Garces, commissioned by Miami Light Project workshop reading). The Taco Truck Theatre Project (workshop commissioned by Pangea World Theatre). La Negra (Teatro Iati-reading). Ur-Faust (performer/dramaturge for multi-media adaptation, New World Stages and tour to Hyterio Theatre in Athens, Greece). Solo shows include: Porning the Planet: The De-Sensitization of a Nation (dramaturgy by Penny Arcade, Dixon Place and Pangea World Theatre-National Performance Network Tour) She Wolves: Women in Sex, Death and Rebirth (P.S. 122, NYC Fringe Festival).