|Eva Tessler, choreographer, director, performer (dancer/actor), and teacher is a native of Mexico City. She holds an MFA in Theatre Arts and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. During the 80’s Tessler danced, acted, choreographed and taught in Brazil at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in São Paulo. Coming to Tucson in 1989, Tessler has choreographed modern dance and dance theater works|
through the Zenith Dance Collective/Body Prints Theatre. Tessler is Artistic Associate of Borderlands Theater where she choreographs, acts and directs. She was a co-founding member of the Latina Dance Project in 2002.
Highlights of Tessler’s work include choreography for the World Premiere of Old Matador (Milcha Sanchez Scott, Arizona Theatre Company), and movement for the film Roosters directed by Bob Young. Borderlands credits include: choreography for Blood Wedding and Yerma (Federico Garcia Lorca); Fuenteovejuna (Lope de Vega); A Tucson Pastorela (Max Branscomb); Barrio Hollywood (Elaine Romero). Directing highlights: Black Butterfly, Jaguar Girl, Piñata Woman and Other Super Hero Girls like Me (Luis Alfaro), The Sins of Sor Juana (Karen Zacarias), Living Out (Lisa Loomer), El Deseo (Victor Hugo Rascon Banda), School of the Americas (Jose Rivera), Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman (Sabina Berman).
|Favorite roles: "Marcela" (Arizona: No Roosters in the Desert by Kara Hartzler), "Psychiatrist" (The Woman Who Fell from the Sky by Victor Hugo Rascon Banda). Tessler co-wrote the play 13 Days, 13 Dias: How the New Zapatistas Shook the World which toured nationally with the Award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe in 1996.Recently, Tessler was honored with the LULAC "Albert Soto" Award for Individual Artist (2008) and the Tucson Pima Arts Council "Lumie" Life Time Achievement Award in 2009.|