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Alma's debut in the American film classic_Zoot Suit (1981)_ established her as one of Hollywood's most dynamic up and coming actors. Discovered by Luis Valdez, founder and Artistic Director of El Teatro Campesino, one of the most important and influential political theatre groups of the 1960's and 70's, she has been the lead actress in many of his most important projects in an artistic collaboration that has spanned over 30 years. Alma's training, experience, and vast versatility in work that spans film, television and Broadway/theatre, makes her one of the industry's most respected actors. Australian director Fred Schepisi cast Alma in his American film debut Barbarosa (1982). This performance was followed by critically acclaimed roles in multiple features, independent films and the award-winning documentaries Maria's Story (1990)_,The Panama Deception (1992),and "500 Nations" (1995). Her television performances include a starring role in the Peabody Award winning drama_Corridos: Tales of Passion and Revolution (1987)_ and the recurring role of "Sergeant Elizabeth Cruz" in the police drama "Adam 12" (1989).A consummate stage actor, she made her Broadway debut in In the Summer House directed by Joanne Akalaitis - featuring Dianne Wiest, Frances Conroy and Liev Schreiber- in a performance that garnered excellent reviews. With over 100 theatre credits in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, she has performed at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Joyce Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory, Sundance Theatre Institute, San Diego Repertory, Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Stage, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Teatro Juan Ruiz de Alarcon (Mexico City), Teatro Calderon (Zacatecas, Mexico), Teatro Greco (Taormina, Italy), Castello Sforesco (Milan, Italy), Festival de Sant Arcangelo (Italy), Teatro Romano (Fiesolo, Italy), Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany) and Neiuwe Scene (Antwerp, Belgium).Alma is one of only a handful of professional actors that holds a Ph.D. in Drama (Stanford University). She earned an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Southern California, a B.A. in Theatre from Whittier College and has trained with master teachers Lee Strasberg, Jerzi Grotowski, Arianne Mnouchkine, Anna Deavere Smith, and Augusto Boal. She has trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London), and at the prestigious Centro Universitario de Teatro (C.U.T) at the Autonomous University of Mexico with master directors/teachers, Luis De Tavira and Hector Mendoza.