Puerto Rican choreographer Yanira Castro is a “Bessie” winning artist. Her work has been presented in New York by Danspace Project, New York Live Arts/Dance Theater Workshop, The New Museum, PS122, ISSUE Project Room, The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Chocolate Factory, The BEAT Festival and EMPAC, among others, and has toured nationally and internationally. Castro has been recognized with various awards, including The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, The MAP Fund, NYFA’s BUILD and Choreography Fellowship, The Jerome Foundation, New Music USA, Trust for Mutual Understanding and USArtists International. She is currently a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life program, and Gibney Dance Center’s Dance-in-Process program. Other fellowships and Artist-in-Residency programs include: Returning Choreographic Fellow at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Vermont Performance Lab Artist, Artist Ne(s)t (Romania), and Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio, Italy). Castro received her B.A. in Theater & Dance and Literature from Amherst College.