Alicia’s stage career began as a ballet dancer in Venezuela. She studied under the tutelage of Nina Novak, and performed with the Ballet Nacional de Venezuela, and as a child participated in various musical productions at el Teatro Municipal de Venezuela, and on television. Alicia studied dance in New York with Maria Swoboda, Luigi, and Merce Cunningham, and acting under the guidance of Uta Hagen and Sonia Moore at The Stanislavski Center for Performing Arts. Her acting debut in New York was in the world premiere of Venezuelan playwright Roman Chalbaud’s The Terrible Angels at the Henry Street Playhouse.
Alicia has performed in the United States, Venezuela, and Mexico in more than 250 productions, including television series, films, theatre, commercials, and broadcasting. She has portrayed Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, North and South American characters in comedies, dramas, and musicals in English and Spanish. Alicia has worked with most of the Hispanic theatrical groups in New York, including The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and Repertorio Español, Thalia Spanish Theatre, as well as at The Public Theatre, The Pearl Theatre, The Theater of the Americas, among others. She received an Award from The Association of Latin Critics of New York for her performance in the Cuban play Sara en el Traspatio at the Latin American Theatre Ensemble. Alicia received critical and popular acclaim for her performances with Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington D.C. There she performed in Dinner for Two, after an extended run in the same play at the Thalia Theatre. She also was seen there in the role of the wily witch Teodora in Lope de Vega’s El Rufian Castrucho, under the direction of Hugo Medrano. She appeared as Doña Clara in the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s production of Don Gil of the Green Stockings by Tirso de Molina, directed by Dean Zayas (A.C.E. Award 2006). Recently she was the guest artist at Zach Theatre in Austin Texas, where she appeared to outstanding reviews in The Clean House by Sara Ruhl.
Alicia has also been honored with Aplausos, Palmas de Oro, the Latin American Theatre Ensemble awards and humanitarian/artistic awards from Mexico. A member of SAG, AFTRA, AEA, and H.O.L.A., Alicia served as the Vice-Chair of The Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors’ Advocacy Committee and Actors Equity’s Committee of Racial Equality. She was a Founding member of The East Harlem Council for the Arts & on the Board of the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center. She recently was awarded the Medaille d’Argent by the Academy of Arts/Science/Lettres of France.
Alicia has directed more than 40 plays, including comedies and dramas, as well as musicals. and performance pieces. In 2007 she received an A.C.E. nomination for her direction of Un Encuentro Fugaz (A Brief Encounter), an original farce set to the beat of rumba rhythms.
For her work with The Screen Actors’ Guild’s Equal Ethnic Opportunities Committee, she received the prestigious Joseph C. Riley Service Award. In 2005 the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York (A.C.E.) bestowed on Alicia a Professional Achievement Award. In 2008 Alicia received the Medaille D’Argent from the Société Académique D’Éducation et D’Encouragement from France in recognition of her contribution to the acting profession.
Alicia is also the Founder & Producing Artistic Director of Danisarte, now in its 18th year, a not-for-profit bilingual theatrical production company whose mission is to develop original productions in English and Spanish (www.Danisarte.org.) and showcase the talents of minority artists. In 2009 Danisarte was bestowed, for an unprecedented second time, the Organization Theatre Award by the Association of Latino Critics of New York.