Javier Cardona is a performing artist and educator originally from Puerto Rico, who began his dance, theater and arts in education career with Los Teatreros Ambulantes de Cayey, directed by Rosa Luisa Márquez and the visual artist Antonio Martorell. He has studied and worked with contemporary theater and dance masters such as Peter Schumann, Bread and Puppet Theater; Osvaldo Dragún, Escuela Internacional de Teatro de América Latina y el Caribe; Augusto Boal, Theater of the Oppressed; Miguel Rubio, Yuyachkani; Viveca Vázquez, Taller de Otra Cosa; Sally Silvers and Jennifer Monson, Birdbrain.
His own artistic work, which is primarily concerned with issues of race, gender and identity, has been presented throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States. Javier's theater and dance work forms part of the collection of the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library, based in New York City.
Experienced in the use of the arts as an aesthetic form and a dialogical medium for human reflection and social action, Javier currently works as the Arts & Education Director for Rehabilitation Through the Arts, a non-governmental arts in education initiative inside New York State prisons. In addition to working in The New Victory Theater's education department as a teaching-artist, he has worked with NYU's Educational Theatre Program as an adjunct instructor.
Javier holds a Master's in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhardt.