Katiana Rangel was born in Potirendaba, a small town in Brazil. She has worked in theater for 20 years, first performing poetry onstage in 1998. Katiana graduated in arts and teaching at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in 2005. She has been an art teacher on the outskirts of São Paulo and a producer and performer for Cemitério de Automóveis and Club Noir, two leading Brazilian theater companies.
In 2011, Katiana founded the theater and performance research group, Untitled 29. She is also a founding member of the international dance company, Les Ballets Nomades. Katiana has been affiliated with the New York City Players theater company since 2012. She has planned events, acted, and been stage manager for the troop. She has played an important part in the theater’s education project, which brings together immigrants and refugees to write and perform their own plays.
In 2015, only three months after she started practicing meditation, Katiana met Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in NYC. The encounter touched her heart deeply; it was pivotal on her path. Since then, she has attended classes and retreats in Tibetan Buddhist centers, including Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), where she has volunteered as shrine keeper. She has also begun to integrate her Buddhist studies into her artistic practice, a process that has opened up fertile space for her to experiment with.
Katiana became a student of Rinpoche in November 2017.
Factoids: Katiana writes poetry and paints watercolor cards. She loves to travel to cold places, and can’t help but dive into snow banks whenever she finds one.
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Location: New York, NY, USA
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