Mitchy Mallorca Saturay
Mitchy Mallorca Saturay is a theater artist, activist, cultural worker/organizer, and political refugee from the Philippines. As a teenager at the height of the Marcos dictatorship in the 1970s, she joined a progressive theater company that opened her eyes to the plight of the poor and oppressed. She quickly recognized that the elements of theater play an important role in raising one’s political consciousness, and has since been organizing, developing, and conducting integrated theater arts workshops aimed to arouse, organize, and mobilize the most marginalized sectors. Before moving to the Netherlands, she was an active member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines as a workshop facilitator, performer, scriptwriter, and stage director. In 2006, she and her family became targets of political persecution and were forced to flee to the Netherlands. She co-founded the Willem Geertman Art and Culture Network in Utrecht, where she continues to share and utilize her decades of experience in theater as a tool for grassroots community organizing, collaborating with migrant youth, workers, clergy, and refugees in Europe. Mallorca Saturay lives and works in Utrecht.