Valentina Silva (she/her) is a proud Colombian-American actor, singer, and dancer currently based in St. Louis, MO, where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in May of 2021.
During her time at WebCo, Silva had the opportunity to appear in three MainStage shows, as well as several devised pieces/staged readings of student-written works. In March of 2020, she was slated to play Olivia in the collegiate premier of Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown's musical Miss You Like Hell. However, the production was canceled three weeks before opening as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A great deal of her free time has been dedicated to the study of aerial dance and flying trapeze. The last two summers of Silva’s academic career were spent performing at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Bigfork, MT, where she played leading roles and ensemble tracks alike in the tradition of true rotating repertory theatre. In recent months, Valentina has delved into the world of virtual theatre, participating in readings of new plays by Latine playwrights with actors all over North America.
Senior Showcase WebCo Class of 2021
This was definitely not the senior year my classmates and I envisioned for ourselves when we started college. But in spite of everything, we were able to put out a beautiful virtual showcase to wrap up our four years together. These pieces are very close to my heart, and I am so excited to share them.
A huge thank you to Coolfire Productions for producing the clips used in this video, to Joshua Hoon Lee for putting together the graphic of my class the top of the video, and, of course, to Lisa Campbell-Albert for her beautiful accompaniment!
Webster University Dance Ensemble Concert ~ May 14-17
"Reborn to Change"
Aerial dance has been a passion of mine for some time now, and over the last four months, I have gotten to devote more time and energy to it than I ever have before as I worked on a piece for the Webster University Dance Ensemble, a hammock piece entitled "Reborn to Change," choreographed by my teacher, the incredible Monica Newsam. I feel so honored to have been a part of this creative process, through which I learned to harness my mental and physical strength in ways I never dreamed I could.
Check out an excerpt of our final performance
Thank you to our lighting designer Madeleine Reed, Nina Reed, for her brilliant costuming, and to David Porras for capturing this photo.
Dear Kitty...Querida Ana... ~ May 15th
Written by Enrique Muñoz, Dear Kitty...Querida Ana... is a modern retelling of the Diary of Anne Frank. I had the privilege of playing "Kitty,"a Salvadoran immigrant forced to go into hiding as the threat of deportation looms over her and her family. Under the brilliant direction of Gaby Rodriguez, a group of artists from every time zone in the country came together to bring this play to life through an audio-recording, available now on Spotify in a four episode series.
Click the link to listen to the first episode: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0dNyhkgD9HL6frtpG9nplN?si=c4P6q0rvTNS3J7qt--Ux_w
A huge thank you to Jesus O. Pineda for this stunning graphic.
Austin Latinx New Play Festival ~ May 13-15
Los Pochos by Herbert Siguenza
I recently got to play "Elena" in a virtual reading of Herbert Siguenza's Los Pochos, directed by Miguel Septién. Though I would give anything to be onstage in front of a live audience again, I cannot deny that virtual theatre has its own magic to it. Over the first two weeks of May, I've gotten to be a part of the Austin Latinx New Play Festival - organized by Teatro Vivo in partnership with Scriptworks Austin, TX.Throughout this process, I have been in awe of the cast and creative team I get to work with - actors and artists scattered all across the southern region of North America.