Celestina Cardona Billington is an artist and creative professional specializing in collaborative works for performance and public art. Her work is multidisciplinary and eschews easy identification, though she has most often been credited as a director, producer, writer, performer and as an activist. Themes of her work could be and have been labeled, "experimental," "communal," "spiritual," and "feminist." Her work is evolving and ongoing. She has displayed at theaters and in galleries around the world.
Cardona-Billington has been featured in and collaborated on projects that have appeared at: La Mama Experimental Theater Club, Sydney Fusion Festival, Museo de Arte Moderno, CICA museum, the DiverseWorks galleries, The Blaffer, Houston Art Car Museum, The MATCH Theater, The Alley Theater, Experimental Action Festival, Counter Current Festival, Gallery Petite and Houston Zine Fest. Her writing has been published in editions of The Indypendent, FreePressHouston, The Menial, the Alethea and more.
Cardona-Billington's practice has been recognized by multiple grants and awards. Awarding institutions include: The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The National Endowment of the Arts, The Corporation for National and Community Service, Emerging Artist Initiative (EAI), The City of Houston, Houston Arts Alliance, and The Idea Fund. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where she also received an additional two years of conservatory training as an actor, with her minor in Women's Studies. She is an incoming Masters scholar of Columbia University's Arts Administration program, where she is supported by generous scholarships from the institution.
She is a founding member of the international internet and live project, "Performance Melt," which produces original collaborations in film, live theater, music and more. The showcases highlight the relationships between artists and audiences, online and offline. She is building networks for these shows in NYC, Los Angeles, Houston, Cape Cod and Sydney, Australia.