Meet The Speakers: CarlosAlexis Cruz

 CarlosAlexis Cruz


CarlosAlexis Cruz is currently an assistant professor of voice and movement at UNC Charlotte and a recent winner of the McColl Award for the project “Nouveau Sud, Nouveau Cirque,” which translates to “New South, New Circus.”


He holds an MFA from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre where he studied a range of movement techniques. For his thesis project, Carlos developed a study on the convergence of circus and theater, during which he trained under the tutelage of Master Coach Lu Yi at the San Francisco Circus Center, specializing in the disciplines of aerial straps and acrobatic rope. He was a full-time company member of the Do Jump! Dance Theatre and Imago Theatre. Currently, he serves as the artistic director Pelú Theatre, dedicated telling socially-relevant urban stories, particularly through a Latino lens, through creative uses of commedia, circus, melodrama, and clowning.


He has performed in Puerto Rico, Northern California and Portland, and with touring shows in New York City, Los Angeles and beyond. He’s also performed overseas in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.


We look forward to his TEDxCharlotte talk on October 24th.