Laura Lona (1976), is a New York based actor born in Caracas, Venezuela. She studied anthropology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas, and is a 2010 Alumna of the American Academy of Dramatics Arts (AADA) in New York.  Her practice approaches elements of theater, performance art, ritualism, installation and video. She is interested in the connectivity and proximity between life and performance. Lona is the founder and artistic director of Mandragoras Art Space, an organization dedicated to the research and experimentation of new approaches in performance, where she performed Devenir, a piece based on Antonin Artaud’s “To Have Done with the Judgment of God”.






Based in Antonin Artaud’s radio piece “To Have Done with the Judgment of God”, recorded in 1947, DEVENIR is a performance where the actor invokes the spirit of Artaud to achieve a body without organs through one of the most powerful fluids and bodily extensions of human presence: The voice.

An energetic field of interaction emerges to replace what is understood as “stage” in theater, to rapidly insert a strong ritualistic sense.

The performer, the spirit of Artaud, and the text unfold various possibilities of form and expression throughout the piece. They become vehicles that question the body within contemporary theater as well as the unlimited choices the actor has as creator in relationship with the text.