A Mary Magdalene devotee, Annalisa made her first solo Mary Magdalene pilgrimage to Southern France in 2014 where she was initiated into the Magdalene Mysteries. Shortly thereafter, the Goddess lead her to Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is currently a PhD candidate in Mythological Studies. Annalisa is a ritual theater creatrix with specialized training in masked and physical theater from master teachers in Italy, India, and NYC. Inspired by events in early November 2016, Annalisa began work on a ritual performative series that utilizes menstrual art to promote the female body and female sexuality as powerful, healing, and life affirming. Information regarding upcoming workshops and her ritual performance series can be found at annalisaderr.com.
There are universal human truths that we can all draw on to “step into the shoes” of the character, or empathize with them. These truths I drew from while molding the character of Lucila.
This is a quote from an interview the playwright Slyvia Manning did with me after I played the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral in her play, “Lucila’s Story: A Play for Gabriela Mistral.” Here is a link to the interview.