Karla Estela Rivera is a skilled filmmaker, writer, performer and activist, and has always used her storytelling as a bridge between communities. As early as 1996, Karla was featured in The Nation magazine as “the paper’s most prolific North Side writers” for her work with New Expression newspaper. As a teaching artist, she has taught various forms of storytelling to over 3,000 youth in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York City and Chicago, focusing on high-need and urban communities. In addition to collaborating with local theater companies, she is a member of Free Street Theater’s Multigenerational Collective. Karla works at Instituto del Progreso Latino as the Marketing & Communications Manager and is the Vice-President of the Action Board at Chicago Votes. She is a native of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Film & Video with graduate studies at New York University. She lives on the north side of Chicago with her fiancé and daughter, Frida.