Get to know Ambar Castillo, our 2017-2018 017 CUNY Cultural Corps Programs Intern:
So, what made you decide to intern with The LP? How does the internship relate to your studies?
The LP mission and vision intersects with what I believe in and want to do personally and professionally, which is to connect others to their ability to create change for themselves, their communities, and for other communities around the world. As a theatre major pursuing applied theatre possibly in conjunction with public policy and international communications, the diversity of people and arts forms with which the LP works excites me and is so applicable to my studies.
Do you have your own creative practice?
Yes! I do creative writing (slam poetry, drama, short stories, rap) and perform (college theatre in Boston, Ecuador, and New York; received an acting nomination for the 2017 Irene Ryan competition at the Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival). I am also an apprentice with InViolet Theatre, with whom I did a staged reading of my play “Walking Around,” and have showcased staged adaptations of classic play scenes that involve gender-swapping and address social justice problems such as xenophobia, sexism, and race/gender/nationality-based identity issues.
Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Immortal Technique both inspire me in their ability to integrate important issues around immigration-and race-based identity and discrimination, community poverty and violence with the power of language and performance. I plan to build a similar type of bridge connecting with not solely these issues but also those hindering women’s empowerment, public health, and peace/connection promotion.
What is your favorite… film?
“Gone with the Wind”/”Homeward Bound”/”Anne of Green Gables” (the original)
“Revolutionary Vol. 2″ (Immortal Technique)/”The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”/”State of Lunacy” (Rhyme Asylum)
Spaghetti squash with homemade meat sauce and plenty of vegetables; Royal Quinoa pasta with the right seasoning; plantains with red caramelized onions and and fried cheese
Where do you do your laundry?
At home (looking forward to doing the laundromat thing for the first time!)
In your opinion, why does art matter?
It provides a universal language of connection that can be accessed by anyone and experienced with every sense, articulated in ways that are more potent than logic and other institutionally prioritized forms of knowledge, and that can bridge all diverse beings. It is the best tool we can wield to galvanize change.