Begonya Plaza is a theatre artist with a foundation in acting, music and writing. After attending two years at Los Angeles Theatre Academy, and studying with Eric Morris, she moved to New York to continue studying with Geraldine Page and Michael Howard. Studied dance at Alvin Ailey, and voice with Graham Bernard. Begonya began acting at age nine as the main character in the independent Hollywood film, "Big Sister". Begonya has been directed by Walter Hill, Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Tim Hunter, Clint Eastwood, among others. On the stage by Philip Seymour Hoffman, in the original production of "In Arabia We'd All be Kings" at Labyrinth Theatre Company, and in other theatre productions with collaborators such as, Culture Clash, Rachel Rosenthal, Yevgeny Lanskoy, Dan Lauria, Barry Gifford, John Randolph, and Austria's Kurt Palm, performing a one-woman musical of erotic songs by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
Begonya wrote, TERESA’S ECSTASY, a three character full-length play produced Off-Broadway at New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre. Played by Shawn Elliott, Linda Larkin, and Begonya, with Will Pomerantz directing. Teresa's Ecstasy is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.
PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY, originally a screenplay and now adapted for the stage. A fictionalized account of one year in the life of Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala, seen from the eyes of a young lover.
A LUCID DREAM is a full-length play where two historical heroines, Evita Peron and Dolores Ibarruri are obscurely connected intersecting in that place where boundaries dissolve, reminding us that perhaps when we die it means we are exiled, and caught between ego and the spacious realm of God-awareness.
SOUVENIR VIEWS is a 45 minute documentary, shot in Barcelona and New York. Premiered at 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, Cuba's Latin American Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Universities, and aired on the IFC channel.
GERNIKA LIVES is a very personal work, and a documentary made in 1986, about the bombing of Guernica and Begonya's father's experiences as a child during the the Spanish Civil War.
AMERICAN HERO, GERO ARTE, & THE KISS are other short films written, directed performed and edited by Begonya.
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