Celestina is a Manhattan-based multidisciplinary artist, producer and arts administrator with an international portfolio. With recognition from the National Endowment of the Arts, Columbia University, and exhibition credits around the world, she has over ten years of notable experience in the field. Her projects seek to connect diverse communities to exciting exploratory artworks. Her work is imbued with inclusivity, thoughtfulness, & an ongoing commitment to equity.
Producing in New York City
In New York City, I have worked as an Associate Producer on multiple arts-centric projects, including: WORTHLESS STUDIOS' 2023 winter "Goodtimes," gala, City Lyric Opera's 2022 production of"Uncovered," at HERE Art Center, and Yoshiko Chuma's 2020 premiere of "Love Story," at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club.
As a producer I have been responsible for important behind the scenes work, including: interfacing with clients, scheduling, hiring staff and artist relations.
Sacred Voice of the Bayou
In 2018 I was the youngest director to ever be awarded the prestigious "Our Town" grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to lead my original social practice, performance and public art project "Sacred Voice of the Bayou."
This work combined themes of heritage, ecology and community. Mediums utilized were metal installation, video art, ethnography, performance art, clowning and experimental dance. Collaborating artists were Matthew Fries, Julian Luna, InputOutput, and Y.E. Torres. Support from Houston Arts Alliance, the Lawndale/Mason Park communities and councilman Robert Gallegos. Find out more.
Jaguars in Jumpsuits
In 2021, during the height of SARS-COV-2, I wrote and directed the experimental, surrealist art film, "Jaguars in Jumpsuits." The film was shot in Sydeny, Los Angeles and in New York City. It features original music, costumes, movement, and a diverse cast. Collaborating artists were besomethingsoft, Robert Mackenzie Ross, Gabi, Hannah Hughes and Meadow. It has screened at Fusion Festival, El Clemente Soto Velez, TXRX Labs, and Saint Bimbo. Screening supported by 2021 City Artist Corps Grant by the NY Department of Cultural Affairs. Watch the film here.
La Pocha Nostra - El Museo de Arte Moderno
In 2018 I moved to Mexico City to join the internationally renowned rebel artist collective La Pocha Nostra as I was cast in Guillermo Gomez Pena's retrospective at El Museo de Arte Moderno. The culminating performance that I appeared in alongside Lilian Rivera and Ricardo Gomez was at the heart of Museo de Arte Moderno's sculpture garden. Over 10,000 attendees were present for the final show. This piece is an exploration of the sensuality and fallibility inherent in Christ's image and the false dichotomy of male/female spirituality. Find out more.
School for the Movement of the Technicolor People -Taisha Paggett
In 2016 I collaborated alongside fellow Houston artists with black choreographer Taisha Paggett on their movement project which began in California and had traveled across North America, arriving at this point at Houston's DiverseWorks. Kim Zumpfe was the set designer. Following Taisha's tutelage, I led a public workshop with fellow performance artist Brittani Broussard on movement techniques for connectivity. Find out more.
Innocent Violence & In Walking Distance -Zoukak Theater
In 2015 and 2016, I was cast as a writing and performance collaborator for original productions at Counter Current Festival by the Lebanese socio-political troupe Zoukak Theatre. I appeared as David Bowie in the production, "Innocent Violence," and as a Tarahumara woman in "In Walking Distance." Both performances drew heavily on relevant crisis happening in Texas at the time, as we explored issues ranging from the border crisis to toxic masculinity. Find out more about Zoukak Theater.
FlamingFemme: ft. Ene-Liis Semper, Darcey Steinke, Michelle Yue, Iona Kewney, PANMELYS
In 2015, I attended a writing workshop taught by Darcey Steinke at the American University of Paris. I conducted my first interview for the project with her, and was then inspired to speak with more successful women artists around the world. The following year, I backpacked solo across Europe and North America, supported only by a small grant from my undergraduate, The University of Houston. From these interviews I produced an original feminist zine, FlamingFemme. Find out more.