Nilsa Reyna was a working Chicago actor with a great reputation for solid work when she was struck down by a stroke. She was an up and coming actor in the Chicago theatre scene, the artistic director of her own theatre company and had the whole world in front of her. Nilsa's search for answers was a long and difficult road, but at the end of it, she was a writer with a unique voice and story to tell.
The why's or how's weren't nearly as important as the personal journey that this medical crisis took her own. Nilsa's stroke turned her life upside down. But more importantly the journey it took Nilsa on changed the direction of her life, created amazing lessons for her which she chronicles in her solo play, "The Care I Need" which has received two developmental Off Broadway workshops.
Nilsa joined April's writers retreat a couple of years ago as soon as she moved to New York City from Chicago. She'd heard about April's work from Juan Villa, whose Jeff nominated solo show "Empanada for a Dream" was developed in April's weekly writing classes. Juan said,
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