Margarita Espada has traveled the world in her careers as an artist, educator and cultural organizer, training in physical approach to theater practice. She is the founder and executive-artistic director of Teatro Yerbabruja, based on Long Island that uses the arts as a tool for social change. She is the director of the Puerto Rican /Hispanic Parade in Brentwood and the founder of Yerbabruja Arts Center in Central Islip. She is a faculty member at the Department of Theater Art - Stony Brook University / New York.
Margarita received his Master of Fine Art in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University (New York). She has received numerous awards and proclamations for her leadership and community work including 2015 “Suffolk County Human Rights Commission Community Award”, 2015 “Community Advocate of the Year” from Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, 2015 NAACP Islip Award for promoting civic rights, talents and prosperity for all people , 2014 “Long Islander who has made a Difference” from Long Island Progressive Coalition, 2012 Long Island Jobs with Justice award for the dedication to Social Justice, 2011 “Cultural Activist” Award from Central American Refuge Center, 2010 “Community advocate of the Year” from the Working Family Party, 2006 “Woman of the Year” award from the Latin American Chamber of Commerce & Industry of New York for her contributions to the arts on Long Island among others.
Her use of the arts as a tool to promote civic dialogue among the diverse communities on Long Island has gained her the respect of community leaders and grassroots organizations alike. Her work has also been featured in media outlets such as Newsday, The New York Times, and the Associated Press.