Claudia Rodriguez is a writer, performance artist and AIDS activist from Compton, CA. Her first play, “Cosa Rara” was a semi-finalist in the Asuncion Playwrights Project national competition out of Teatro Pregones in Bronx, New York. She was also a semifinalist in the Sherwood Award sponsored by the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles. As a co-founder of Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a sketch-driven performance ensemble that explored the liminal and controversial space of female biology on racialized female masculine bodies, she co-wrote and performed in sketches that addressed topics that included cross-gender identification, immigration, gentrification, violence, addiction, inter-racial desire and its concomitant conflicts in a identity political hierarchy. Most recently, her literary work has appeared in Baby Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing edited by Michelle Tea.