Begonya Plaza is a performing artist/writer/multi media filmmaker and a lover of life. Having been directed by Oliver Stone, Amy Jones, Tim Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann, and Abel Ferrara, amongst others. Begonya has acted opposite Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Klaus Kinski, Roddy McDowall, David Zayas and Caroll O’Connor to name a few, and starred in the CBS television series DARK JUSTICE, as well as guest starred in various network television shows.
Begonya starred in an independent Hollywood film at the age of nine, and grew up between the Basque country of northern Spain, Bogotá, Colombia and the United States. After attending Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, director Walter Hill cast Begonya in 48 HRS. Ms. Plaza also studied with acting teachers; Eric Morris, Rachel Rosenthal and John Lehne, in Los Angeles, and in New York with Bill Hickey, Uta Hagen, Geraldine Page and her long-time mentor, Michael Howard.
On stage, Begonya originated the roles of Mariela Castro Espín, in MARIQUITAS by Eduardo Machado, Ms. Reyes, IN ARABIA WE’D ALL BE KINGS by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at The Labyrinth Theatre Company, Carlotta in TERESA’S ECSTASY, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, a one-man show of erotic songs and poems by Bertolt Brecht in New York’s avant garde, Gas Station, Rose, in OLD FRIENDS by Martin Zurla at Beverly Hills Playhouse, produced by Dan Lauria, and played Yerma in Garcia Lorca’s YERMA at Ensemble Studio West, under Moscow Art Theatre director, Yevgeny Lanskoy.
TERESA'S ECSTASY is a two-act play published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc., had an Off-Broadway World Premiere at the historical Cherry Lane Theatre, in New York City in 2012. Produced by Jack Sharkey, directed by Will Pomerantz, and also starring Shawn Elliott, and Linda Larkin.
SOUVENIR VIEWS is a 24-minute documentary about a young man’s rite of passage, and homage to New York during the 9/11 tragedy. Premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, the Festival International del Nuevo Cine Latino Americano in Cuba, Gerona, Spain, and aired nationally on the Independent Film Channel. AMERICAN HERO is a 15 minute short contemplating the ravages of war as an Iraqi veteran returns home to his sister, played by Plaza, distributed by Shorts International. GERNIKA LIVES is a personal documentary narrated by the late, John Randolph, exploring the filmmaker’s Basque heritage, through interviews with her father’s childhood friends during the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Guernica. GERO ARTE is a 15 minute short shot in the Basque country, about two half siblings meeting for the first time when the sister visits her half brother to make amends for the sins of the father. PERSISTENCE is a fictionalized account of a young beautiful aspiring dancer named, Jonas, who is taken for the surreal ride of his life, into a world of entertaining extravagance, debauchery, and genius, by Twentieth Century's most iconic cultural couple, Gala and Salvador Dalí, through New York, Cadaqués and Madrid.
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"Writing is a synthesis between self and others, the objective medium taking flight into the unconscious."
Photograph by Xanthe Elbrick
With my acting teacher (1984 - 89) maestro, Michael Howard and his beautiful wife, Betty.
Still photo, AMERICAN HERO , by Caterina Armenter, 2010