Begonya Plaza is among other things a Spanish American performing artist/writer/multi media film maker. At age nine, Plaza starred in the independent Hollywood film, Big Sister, and then spent the remainder of her formative years between Bogotá, Colombia (her mother’s birth place)and Gernika, Spain (her father’s), until returning to Los Angeles where she graduated from John Marshall High and after attending two years at Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, director Walter Hill cast her in 48 HRS. Begonya continued perfecting her acting skills with Eric Morris, Rachel Rosenthal and John Lehne, in Los Angeles, and with Bill Hickey, Uta Hagen, Geraldine Page and ultimately her long-time mentor, Michael Howard in New York. Between playing featured and leading parts in films by Oliver Stone, Amy Jones, Tim Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann, and others, she participated in screenwriting workshops with Syd Field, Robert McKee and summer creative writing courses at NYU, AFI and UCLA. Begonya has acted opposite Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Klaus Kinski, Roddy McDowall, Caroll O’Connor and starred in the CBS television series DARK JUSTICE, shot on location, in Barcelona.
Stage acting credits include originating roles in MARIQUITAS by Eduardo Machado, TERESA'S ECSTASY, written by Plaza and performed Off-Broadway at Cherry Lane theatre in NYC, IN ARABIA WE’D ALL BE KINGS by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at The Labyrinth Theatre Company; Austrian director Kurt Palm’s one-woman show of erotic songs and poems by Bertolt Brecht at New York’s avant-garde, Gas Station, OLD FRIENDS by Martin Zurla at Beverly Hills Playhouse, and Garcia Lorca’s YERMA at Ensemble Studio West, under Moscow Art Theatre director,Yevgeny Lanskoy.
Other writing credits include the screenplay, PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY, a one year fictionalized account of a beautiful young Mexican aspiring dancer who falls prey to the Dalí’s seductions while taken for the ride of his life. The stage plays; A LUCID DREAM in which historical characters Evita Perón, Simón Bolivar, Dolores Ibárruri, and Antonio Machín discuss their past lives with God, in front of a live audience, and THE BRISKET BRIGADE, about romance in old age. SOUVENIR VIEWS, a 24-minute documentary about New York’s 9/11 tragedy that premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, and aired nationally on the Independent Film Channel; AMERICAN HERO, a 15- minute short film that contemplates the ravages of war as an Iraqi veteran returns home, distributed by Shorts International; and GERNIKA LIVES, a personal documentary narrated by John Randolph that explores Ms. Plaza’s Basque heritage and the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Begonya Plaza has also been commissioned to write screenplays in English and Spanish as a ghost writer.
And most recently, GERO ARTE, shot in Northern Spain, and soon to hit the festival circuit. 2014.