We're a collective of Boricuas re-connecting with ancestral homelands. Along the route we hope to engage with our families, queer youth, farmers, and storytellers of all mediums - spirit, music, text, poetry, and dance. We're following our personal interests, and activating our solidarity efforts with those on the island.
Jackie Rivera is a queer, non-binary actor, ensemble devising theater collaborator and independent lifestyle artist based in Brooklyn, NY.
They encourage and enable creative thinking through performance as an everyday occurrence. Their work revolves around the present act of developing material competency -- through carpentry, metal work, upcycling, and collection of refuse toward practical application of assembly and construction for creative survival. Which has manifested in an ongoing project 2 years in the making in which they practice creative survival by living in NYC out of a self-converted 2000 Dodge Ram B1500 van. Through The DolphVAN project they hope to inspire and empower individuals and communities toward higher material competency and less reliance on consumer capitalism and non-renewable resources. Facilitated by formal and informal hands-on projects and community conversations that generate unconventional and beneficial community or individual affordable lifestyle solutions.
With over 15 years of experience in acting and performance in the commercial and regional theater, Rivera has found their niche with ensemble theater companies committed to fighting social, gender, and environmental injustice.
They are a member of The Syndicate, a NYC and Chicago-based theater ensemble led by women, queer, trans and non-binary artists dedicated to play development by artists of queer, gender-non conforming and trans identities and especially womxn of color.
They hold a Masters in Fine Arts in Performance + Performance Studies at Pratt Institute (Brooklyn). Additionally they hold a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Acting from The New World School of the Arts Conservatory, accredited by University of Florida (2009). And trained for 1 year with SITI Company in their Conservatory Training program in Suzuki and Viewpoints Techniques.
I am an artist, Movement strategist and dreamer based on Occupied Chochenyo Ohlone territory (Oakland, CA).
I spend most of my days dreaming of how to deepen connections to the biosphere on a mass scale. This requires a critical shift in the ways in which we engage with one another and an examination of how capitalism, white supremacy, and centuries-long destruction of our indigenous roots under colonialism harm our relationship to our beloved Earth.
I currently engage with groups doing work to shift our focus on community in the Just Transition of our local economies, and collective way of being. I am honored to collaborate with energy justice activists from Alaska to Puerto Rico with the Energy Democracy project, where I steward the REFOCUS campaign in solidarity with the Puerto Rican energy democracy struggle. I also sit on the boards of the California Alliance for Community Energy and People Power Solar Cooperative. Since 2019, I have supported individuals and groups doing climate, food, and racial justice work through my small outreach firm--SF Consulting Co.
I am eternally curious about the intersection of bicycles and art. I'm an avid bicycle tourist and contributing performer with Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre Company, as well as a 2022 athlete with the Ride for Racial Justice Gravel Team. I am passionate about increasing melanated representation at the intersection of art and cycling, and am honored to join the Borikén Bicycle Tour to invite other artists and activists of Puerto Rican ancestry on this ancestral journey.
When I'm not on two wheels or in collaboration mode, I am often surfing frigid waters, stewarding bees, or singing to redwoods. My creativity is a direct reflection of my interaction with and adoration for the Earth: I believe art to be a radical practice, that when paired with authentic connection to the land, our joys, and our griefs, opens up entirely new worlds of possibilities.