Alina Collins Maldonado is an actor, director, writer, and theater educator born and raised in the Washington, DC area. As an actor, she has performed at The Lincoln Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Folger Theatre, 1st Stage, and GALA Hispanic Theatre, among others.
As a director and bilingual theater educator, she has built programs and workshops guiding artists in creating and producing their work. Alina creates theatre extensively with students from ESOL classes and backgrounds. As a theater educator, she has worked with theaters and youth arts programs such as GALA Hispanic Theater, Latin American Youth Center, Young Playwrights Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Imagination Stage.
As a writer, Alina tells authentic stories from the hearts of underrepresented communities. With her journalistic approach to writing and storytelling, she seeks out stories of memories and truths that spin unexpected threads of connection between us as humans.
She is currently an Artist in Residence at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center to develop her one-woman show, No Salgas Con El Pelo Mojado.
Alina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Alina is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association.