Discipline: Theater & Poetry
Based In: NYC
Website: Brooklyn Gypsies
Modesto “Flako” Jimenez is a Dominican-born actor, writer and arts educator raised in Brooklyn. Flako is the leader of “Shake on the Block”, a free summer workshop for teens held at Spaceworks @ Williamsburgh Library.
While still in high school, Flako co-founded Real People Theater, a company best known for reworking plays by combining some of the language of the original texts with street slang and Spanish, including Milton’s Paradise Lost and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He has performed on stage with the Wooster Group and Repertorio Español in New York and appeared on broadcast and online radio to discuss politics throughout the Spanish-speaking world and to share his poems and stories.
Flako is the founder and director of Brooklyn Gypsies, and a board member of Brooklyn Poets. Has also appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, BK Live, NY1, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and shared the stage with Wallace Shawn, Frances McDormand and Maura Tierney. In 2012 he published a poetry collection addressing gentrification called Oye, Para Mi Querido Brooklyn (Listen, For My Dear Brooklyn).