Ricardo Gamboa an award-winning artist, activist, and academic working in his native Chicago and New York City. In New York City he is an alum of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics' EmergeNYC program, a member of the NY Neo-Futurists, and a Critical Collaborations Fellow at New York University. In Chicago he is a member of Free Street Theater and the Southside Ignoramus Quartet, a founding adult partner of the Young Fugitives, and the creator and host of the live news show and podcast The Hoodoisie. He is a recipient of a MacArthur International Connections Award and Joyce Award, among others. His current projects include the New York Times-recommended web series Brujos and the play Meet Juan(ito) Doe. He has authored the plays The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas and the La Elotera trilogy. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at New York University's renowned American studies program. He has worked with over 5,000 young people in the United States and Latin America.