Frances Tirado

Frances Tirado is a writer, dancer and choreographer who recently studied at the University of Pittsburgh. Two years ago, she returned to Vieques to volunteer, research, and write about the post-Maria recovery. She volunteered at the VCHT as a counselor for their summer camp program, MANTA. She writes, edits, and translates for ViequesLove. As a writer, she primarily writes journalism and poetry, and is currently working on her first book of poetry, which was partially inspired by her time here in 2018. She was drawn to Vieques after Maria as a journalist, but as a stateside Puerto Rican, what kept her here and what has compelled her to return was a much more sincere and involved interest in the island.

As an artist working in Pittsburgh, Frances has danced, acted, choreographed, directed, and asissted production on several different projects. Last spring, she played the role of Maria Teresa in the regional premiere of In the Time of the Butterflies with Primestage Theatre, directed by Ricardo Vila Roger, a Puerto Rican director. The play itself is about the true story of the four Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic, and it was recieved with warm open arms and tears from the small latinx community in Pittsburgh. She has also danced with the dance organization the Blanket in two separate shows by the choreographers Christopher Williams and Beth Gill. She has choreographed for several different types of organizations, including an award winning independent film titled Paper Dolls, written and directed by Zack Williams. Frances attended the Collective Composition Lab at the BANFF Centre in August of 2019 as an improvisational dancer. Last year, Frances trained as an aerial artist and a latin ballroom dancer. When she finds a socially distant way to continue dancing salsa on the island, she will.

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