la pocha nostra

Guillermo Gomez-Peña (photo: Zach Gross)


La Pocha Nostra is an ever growing cross-disciplinary arts organization and non-profit based in San Francisco, California with branches in Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. 

La Pocha Nostra was founded in 1993 by Guillermo Gomez Pena, Roberto Sifuentes, Michèle Ceballos Michot and Nola Mariano in Los Angeles. The goal was to formalize conceptually Gomez-Pena's collaborations with other performance artists. 

CURRENT CORE MEMBERS of La Pocha include Guillermo Gomez-Peña , Michèle Ceballos Michot, Saul Garcia Lopez, Balitronica Gomez, Emma Tramposch, and Nayla Altamirano. Our projects range from performance solos and duets to large scale multi-sensory performance installations involving photo, video, sound and projection. 

If there is a common denominator, it is our desire to cross and erase dangerous borders including those between art and politics, art practice and theory, artist and spectator - ultimately to dissolve borders and myths of purity whether they be specific to culture, ethnicity, gender or language. 



“Acting is my way of investigating human nature and having fun at the same time.”
— Meryl Streep