Photo Credit: Mike Misslin

Photo Credit: Mike Misslin

Actor. Director. Educator. Producer. Writer. 

That's me up there! Renee Rises. I am an artist based in New York City & I am originally from the SF Bay Area. People are most familiar with my theater work Sidewalk SistersNanay, Tatay, Anak & 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 constant journey to learn how to fold my learning & knowledge into my work. 

I am married to the fusion of accessibility + art & am dedicated to creating spaces & resources that expand people's minds & hearts on critical race theory + cultural development + culturally responsive teaching + mental health awareness + urban education & womxn's empowerment. 

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).