Raquel was born in Madrid, Spain, is also of Costa Rican descent, as has lived most of her life in the U.S. As an interdisciplinary artist she holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University and a B.F.A. in Theatre from University of Florida/New World School of the Arts Conservatory. She develops work as a writer, director, actor, dramaturg, and is also a Butoh dance practitioner. Almazan is the Artistic Director of LA LUCHA ARTS, producing several of her original works including the LATIN IS AMERICA play cycle and lecture-performance, a collection of bi-lingual works in dedication to each Latin American country. Select play credits include: La Paloma Prisoner (New York Theatre Workshop—Next Door Series, April 2020; Arthur J. Harris Social Justice Prize/Workshop: Signature Theatre; readings: La MaMa ETC, INTAR, Labyrinth, and The Lark), CAFÉ (Kennedy Center's Latinidad Award, Columbia Stages workshop directed by Elena Araoz), La Negra (Workshop: Bric Arts, directed by Mei Ann Teo; readings: Lincoln Center w/ Classical Theatre of Harlem, Teatro Iati), When I Came Home (Pregones, PRTT), La Migra Taco Truck and Dar a Luz (off-Broadway NYC Theatre Row, Aspen Stage, New Theatre—FL), Does that Feel Good to you My Lark?: A Doll's House Adaptation (Bushwick Starr reading, New Georges—Audrey residency, directed by Miranda Haymon), Cross//Roads: Re-framing the Immigrant Narrative (commissioned reading: La Micro Theatre). She has been awarded a Professional Development residency with the Eugene O'Neill Center Playwrights Conference and Core Apprentice residency and Affiliated Writer with the Playwrights' Center.
Select additional plays include: The Hopefulness/Esperanza (recipient of the Kate Neal Kinley Playwriting Fellowshop; workshops: Rising Circle Theatre Collective INKtank Lab, at Theatre Row off-Broadway, Teatro Iati), El Odio De un Pais (commissioned workshop: Pangeaa World Theatre/New Theatre), Glossy Page Pimps (directed by Michael Garces, commissioned by Miami Light Project workshop reading), Ur-Faust (performer/dramaturg for multi-media adaptation, New World Stages, FL, and tour to Hyterio Theatre in Athens, Greece). Solos hows include: Porning the Planet: The De-Sensitization of a Nation (dramaturgy by Penny Arcade, Dixon Place, and Pangea World Theatre; National Performance Network Tour), She Wolves: Women in Sex, Death, and Rebirth (P.S. 122, NYC Fringe Festival).
Film: Feature directorial debut with the mockumentary White Alligator (International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival, Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, International Bled Film Festival Slovenia, *Best Actress Award). Writer's Lab with National Association of Latin Independent Producers for her feature screenplay Death of the Doll (short—Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza in L.A. and Naked Angels Theatre Reading Series). Grants: National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Map Fund (associate artist), The Ford Foundation, Network of Ensemble Theatres Travel Grant, Deans Travel Grant, Manhattan Community Fund, Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts, and The Artist Access Grant.
Some noted roles include: Alicia Watkins on Limitless opposite Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Rosa Heredia on The Blacklist opposite James Spader, Maricela on Law & Order: SVU, Rita Campos on White Collar, a Cuban exile opposite Cristina Ricci on PAN AM, additional roles on Blue Bloods, Michael J. Fox Show, Lady MacBeth in MacBeth, and Mrs. Papov in Chekov's The Bear. At El Museo del Barrio, she played the lead in Escaping Juarez, Deviant Borders as the male Chamuco (New World Theatre Mass). Reading of leading role in The Motherf**ker with the Hat directed by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Collaborating with Bill T. Jones on Marc Banuthi Joseph's libretto workshop for MOVE; playing the role of Glenda with Opera Philadelphia. She has performed in over 100 venues, including The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Actors Studio, La MaMa, City Center, Repertorio Espanol, and films that screened at Cannes, HBO NYLIFF and several international film festivals.
As an Activist Artist, she participates at social-political conferences, including: United Nations World Health Day (two time Aspen Institute Panelist); International Women's Playwrights Conference (Stockholm, Sweden and Santiago, Chile); Hemispheric Institute Conference; World Theatre Day in Rome, Italy; Performing Gender and Violence Conference, National Women's Studies Conference; National Performance Network; and Alternate Roots. Playwright for Here to Be Seen: Women in Justice, collaboration with formerly incarcerated women and DA's Re-entry task force. Performance Workshops: Patricia Ariza, Susan Grace Cohen, Lee Michael Cohen, (Shakespeare with Adrian Noble, Peter Craze, Andy Goldberg, and Ian Hersey), Laban, Grotowski, Movement, and Directing. She has also trained in Butoh, Biomechanics, Suzuki, Improv, Clowining, and Mask Work. Writing Development Workshops: David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Theresa Rebeck, Charles Mee, Edward Albee, Horton Foote, Morgan Jenness, Julie Harris, Naomi Iizuka, and Carmen Rivera.
Arts Educator to thousands of youth/young adults. She is the youth program director at City Lore and has facilitated with Columbia University, New York University, Barnard College, Manhattan Theatre Club, Brooklyn Academy of Music, DreamYard, Repertorio Espanol, Epic Theatre, and Art Spring to incarcerated women in prison. With LEAP, she directed NYC Public School students off-Broadway at New World Stages. She is the founder of several original art programs. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, NALAC, SAG-AFTRA, League of Professional Theatre Women.