Actor. Director. Educator. Producer. Writer.
I am Renee Rises, an artist bred & based in New York City, originally from the SF Bay Area. People are most familiar with my theater work Sidewalk Sisters; Nanay, Tatay, Anak; and Undressing the Fragments. I earned a BA in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara, an MSE in Special Education at the City College of New York, and I am currently working on receiving an MFA in Acting at Brooklyn College. I am on a journey to learn how to integrate my learning & knowledge into my theater work.
I am married to the fusion of accessibility & art. I focus on making theater, transforming spaces & offering creative resources that expand people's understanding on critical race theory + cultural development + culturally responsive teaching + mental health awareness + urban education + womxn's empowerment. I believe that deconstructing power is at the heart of great societal change and building community is at the source of all great movements. I work to make these ideas more clear for myself & those around me.
I am a proud nerd, feminist, lover, dog owner, Filipina American, poet, jewelry maker, Warriors fan & an avid Yelper (and yes, I AM an Elite Yelper). I act, direct, educate, produce and write. Each aspect of my work serves the other aspects and no one component is more important. I am Renee Rises. It's a pleasure to meet you.