Ricardo Gamboa is an artist, activist, and academic creating radical art, cultural, and media work in Chicago and New York City. In Chicago, Gamboa is a member of Free Street Theater. In New York City, they are an alumni of the EmergeNYC program at Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and the New York Neo-Futurists.
They are finishing their doctorate degree at New York University’s renowned American studies program and received their MA in arts politics (2013) from the Tisch School of the Arts. Gamboa has won several awards including an Arts Matters Fellowship, Joyce Award, and an International Connections Award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Their current projects include the underground news show The Hoodoisie, the community-based theater piece Meet Juan(ito) Doe, and BRUJOS, the ground-breaking web series about four gay Latino grad who are also witches. Gamboa has worked with over 5,000 young people in the Americas using everything from photography to theater and mural painting to web media to advance young people’s dreams and visions for social change.