Thursday, November 22, 2012
This a short clip of VISA's surprise class visit. VISA is a Cuban transgender sex worker activist concerned with a wide range of community issues including immigration, personal debt, voter's rights, health access, and undocumented queers. VISA is a character developed and performed by Karen Anzoategui. VISA is based on individuals known to Anzoategui and is not intended to represent all transgender individuals.
Anzoategui is an Argentinean raised in Los Angeles. She received her BA in theatre from Loyola Marymount University. She is employed by a non-profit organization assisting individuals with HIV/AIDS access housing and other resources. She is a working actress with Television and Film credits. She tours university and community theatres performing her own work. One such performance is titled Ser which is a 70 minute semi-autobiographical one woman show about a young Argentinean soccer-obsessed tomboy raised between L.A. and Buenos Aires by her ever-present mother and drop in and out "James Brown" father.
Most recently, Anzoategui is a Los Angeles Theatre nominee for Best Featured Actress in a Local Musical for her role as Rita in Evangeline the Queen of Make Believe, a rocker play with original music by the multiple Grammy Award-winning East Los Angeles Chicano rock band Los Lobos. Told through story and song, EQMB is set in the late 1960s and centers around Evangeline, a young high school graduate from East L.A. who is a devoted daughter by day, and a Hollywood go-go dancer by night.
As a performance art activist, Anzoategui is dedicated to raising difficult issues in order to create a space for dialogue.