Amalia's debut book of poetry (released August 2015), available for purchase.
"Amalia Ortiz has something special in Carmen de la Calle, her San Antonio-set take on Bizet’s opera Carmen." -- San Antonio Express-News
See the new Latino Musical written by nationally recognized and award winning poet and performer Amalia Ortiz.
Otra Esa on the Public Transit
"Lively poetry-driven show... a promising solo work" -- San Antonio Express-News
Created and performed by Amalia
destination and destiny -- this unique play follows Amalia's adventures in
the public transit system. It is directed by Maria Ybarra, San Antonio theater
artist. Otra Esa is an original multimedia one-woman show combining theater and
spoken-word that premiered at Talento
Bilingüe de Houston in March 2005. The San Antonio
debut, at the
Guadalupe Theater, was a great success. See
photos of characters from the show, or download the
program brochure. Amalia and Maria Ybarra debuted another original play, Real
West Side Story, at the Guadalupe in 2006.
"Ortiz, in the show's most entertaining role... She adds some needed comic leavening at several points, without getting too obvious in her characterization." -- Houston Chronicle
"Amalia Ortiz turned out an electrifying spoken-word piece." -- San Antonio Express-News
"Contains energy and enthusiasm to burn...brimming with attitude." -- Variety
Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Amalia performs at sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley
of Texas, where she grew up. She is active in the Valley International Poetry Festival, and leads workshops at school districts and colleges in Cameron and Hidalgo counties. Read a review from The Monitor newspaper,
and read her interview in Valley Morning Star.
She also participated in Borderplex Electronica at Guadalupe
Theater, a collaborative work about growing up in the RGV.
"Haters, a laugh-out-loud send-off of the reality show Cheaters, is RESET at its best with on-point editing and graphics." -- San Antonio Current
A multimedia artist group creating
video, music, and theater
for San Antonio, San Francisco, and Southern California.
What Are You doing Tonight? (2006-2007),
a touring multimedia stageplay about the dating scene;Haters
satirical short co-starring Amalia as the sancha; 4 issues of Clogged Caps, a graffiti
video magazine; and
(2002-2006), a comic video-theater-poetry exploration of
cultural identity. They also teach children's workshops
The Land of the Past,
written by and starring Westside middle-schoolers. Watch RESET's
videos on YouTube.
Performance with the ¡Puro Slam! team at the National Poetry Slam. Amalia
was the first Latina to reach the
National Slam finals. Earned a spot on the National
Finals and Slam America
tour/film. Open Slam Champion and
Tag Team Champion (w/ Gary Mex Glazner) at the Taos Poetry Circus.
Puro Slam Grand Slam champion 2000, 2001, & 2002. 1999 MVP "based on skills, execution, winnings, and over all
At Urban15, Amalia Ortiz hosted and curated a
poetry variety series, including writers' workshops, open
mics, mini slams and featured performances. Headliners included
Trinidad Sanchez, Jr.
(en paz descansa), Oliver Grimball, and
Vintage film performances by legendary poets closed
All-female project to raise money for the Rape Crisis Center. Performances included the Texas Book Festival, Young Tongues Festival, San Antonio Inter-American Book Fair, Latina Letters Conference, Austin Poetry Festival, Austin Book Festival, and the National Latino Alliance Conference. Performers included Francis Treviño, Yaqui Moody, Celeste Guzmán, Victoria García Zapata-Klein, Shannon McGarvey, Abril García Lin, Lisa Cortez Walden, Dragonfly, Claire Aguirre, Heather Mockeridge, María Ibarra, and Ana de Luna.