Sheila Rocha is an interdisciplinary empowerment artist.
She has served as a practitioner of social justice and multicultural theater, an arts educator and cultural storyteller for over 20 years. In addition, she is a multi-genre published author and playwright and recently completed her tenure as editor of Red Ink magazine. She has worked with some of the most notable Native American authors of this generation and has taught creative writing in all genres.
Sheila’s workshop goal is to provide participants of all ages the opportunity to express themselves in new and dynamic ways. With her extensive background in Boalian Theater of the Oppressed techniques, she augments the usual creative dramatics experience into an exploration of one’s self in relation to the changing world. She packs a multitude of exciting activities that give broad new context to the meaning of creative expression in both performance and literature. Her workshops are challenging and tailored to the specific academic and cultural needs of her audience, and include such foci as conflict resolution, anti-racism, environmental stewardship, Native issues, production development, publication and more. She has worked with diverse communities both urban and rural, adjudicated youth, homeless shelters, migrant projects and incarcerated populations.
Former multicultural director and artist with the Emmy Gifford Children’s Theater, and The Rose Theater, she also holds an M.A. in English, M.F.A. in Creative Writing and is PhD/ABD in Native American Studies.