Colombian born Andrea Puerta is a graduate of the Professional Actor-Training Program at the Samuel Becket Centre (Trinity College, Dublin) and trained in dance at the London Contemporary Dance School (The Place). She spent a 6-month intensive research period in Italy exploring physical action and language (guided in part by Jim Sloviak and Jairo Cuesta pupils of Jerzy Grotowski, creator of ‘Poor Theatre’) and most recently completed a Masters at Trinity Laban-Siobhan Davies London.
Andrea’s performances and installations have been presented both nationally and internationally at venues including: Teátro Colon (Bogota, Colombia), The Laban Theatre (London), Samuel Beckett Theatre (Dublin), The Robin Howard Dance Theatre – The Place (London), Newcastle Playhouse - Lorca Festival, Oxford Playhouse, Queen Elizabeth Hall (London) and The Young Vic (London) with Animal Farm (Time Out Critics Choice Award Winner 1997) amongst others. Her first choreographic work won the “Best Emerging Choreographer Award” at the Dublin Dance Festival. Andrea has also successfully competed for both a Millennium Award and a Princes Trust ‘Awards for All’ with her work with young refugees, directing Latin-American youth group ‘Nueva Generación’.
Other works include performing and collaborating with artist Lina Lapelyte for exhibitions at the Roberts Art Foundation and The Royal College Academy.
Production and Management
For over 10 years Andrea has combined her artistic work with production, art management and creative consultancy. As a project manager and creative consultant Andrea specialises in establishing connections between people and places and in creating environments that enable dynamic relationships and new ways of thinking. Most of this work focuses on how artistic practice and creativity can enrich work and education cultures. She has worked extensively with Creative Partnerships-Royal Opera House, the Arts Council, MAP Consortium, Nimble Fish, Oxford House and various London Councils.
The work for Creative Partnerships-Royal Opera House involved designing, managing and delivering arts-education programs in collaboration with artists and schools and in partnership with other cultural organizations and local communities. This work focused on looking at ways in which creativity plays a part in learning, a theme that has greatly influenced Andrea’s artistic research, in particular her interest in how knowledge is acquired and passed on and the connection between language and physical action (see Spirals and Horizontal Connections).