Patricia Ariza is a founding member of Teatro la Candelaria, based in the Candelaria neighbourhood of Bogotá. She is an actress, director, poet, playwright and an activist for peace and for the women’s move- ment. Patricia is currently the director of Teatro La Candelaria. She is president of CCT (Corporación Colombiana de Teatro) which was founded forty-five years ago in Bogotá for the development of the movement of innovative Colombian theatre. It organises the Alter- native Theatre Festival and the Festival Mujeres en Escena por la Paz (Women on Stage for Peace). She organises the Alternative Theatre Festival and the Festival Mujeres en Escena por la Paz (Women on Stage for Peace) and supports the movement of Artists for Peace, the creation of poetic memories concerning the social armed conflict af- flicting Colombia, and the common creative work of victims and art- ists. Besides her work with La Candelaria, Patricia has directed other theatre groups like Rapsoda, Gotas de Rap, Travesía, Flores de Otoño and Tramaluna. Patricia Ariza has written various books, amongst which Habitar el cuerpo, Habitar la calle, Hojas de papel volando, Te- atro Patricia Ariza. Patricia has been part of the Magdalena network for many years and in 2006 she organised the Magdalena Antigona Festival in Bogotá.
Carlos Satizábal is a poet, writer, playwright, actor and theatre direc- tor. He is associate professor at the National University of Colombia, where he directs the Master programme in Creative Writing and is a researcher at the Centre for Thought and Action for the Arts and pro- fessor at the School of Film and Television. He is an activist for peace in Colombia. He works with the Corporación Colombiana de Teatro as curator of the Alternative and Women on Stage Festivals and as an actor and director of Tramaluna Teatro. He has published theatre, po- etry, chronicles, essays; and writes articles and columns on art, peace and politics in the press and on social media.