The Trailer Collective

The Trailer Collective was born out of the need to create interdisciplinary  and collaborative projects among different artists, spaces and topics (most of them directly related to social issues and different communities). Each project has a documentary-archival nature. It was founded by Cuban theater artists with previous experience in the management and ideation of actions, events and interdisciplinary exchanges.

Our symbolic vehicle is mobile, never stuck to a fixed territory, and our intention is to work collectively with our collaborators, from a horizontal methodology and practice.  Focused on building collaborative bridges between spaces that cross different formats and genres, we are open to the spectrum of relationships among artists, managers and thinkers from different disciplines and knowledges, who understand the common work as the fundamental axis to generate teams and long-lasting alliances.

This project tries to be a SPACE for mediation and generation of nodes for long term networks in diverse countries, regions, from diverse languages and practices. It arose from the urgency of breaking flawed work structures, exhausted links between people and institutions, since the time we were in Cuba.

THE TRAILER is for us, in the end, a necessary gesture for movement, exploration and mutual knowledge of each other.



Cómo viaja un cuerpo de mujer, by Dania del Pino Más

Karina Pino Gallardo (Cuba, 1985)
Theater maker, editor and criticist.

Master in Performative Arts and Community Spaces (2021), and Environmental Humanities (2022) (both in Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy). Bachelor in Theater Criticism and Research (University of Arts, Havana, 2010) and graduated in Acting (National School of Theatre, Havana, 2003).

She worked as editor and writer in Tablas-Alarcos Publishing House (Havana), and was invited as specialist and collaborative curator to several events and theater festivals (New Voices and Visions Encounter in University of Miami 2015, FIBA- Argentina 2017, ENARTES Mexico City 2017, Santiago a Mil- Santiago OFF 2018, Salmon Barcelona and Grec Festival 2018, Impulse Mülheim an der Ruhr 2018, Naves-Matadero Madrid International Meeting for Programmers 2018).  

At the same time, between 2013 and 2023 she has participated in numerous artistic residencies (among them: Movimiento Sur Chile 2016, Linha de Fuga Portugal 2017, International Forum Theatertreffen Berlin 2018, Fleetstreet Theatre Hamburg 2021, Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart 2022-2023). 

On the other hand she directed plays, performances and coordinated collaborative-interdisciplinary projects in Cuba and abroad. She has also been granted by several national and international institutions to make these projects, and has been awarded with the Prize for Young Theatre Critics in her country. 

Her main interest is to work on social issues and with diverse groups of people and communities, making transdisciplinary intersections and exploring the power of the memory, the document, the archive, the different ideas of “representation”. Nowadays she mostly works with her collective The Trailer, but also collaborates individually in other projects and initiatives (the most recents: Inhabiting the gesture, about social architecture- 2020, and Mund Auf: about sex work in Berlin– 2022 made with different artists, architects, curators, activists and colleagues).


Alessandra Santiesteban (Cuba, 1985)
Author and transdisciplinary practitioner 

Master in Performing Arts and Visual Culture, from Reina Sofía Museum and University of Castilla-La Mancha/Spain (2019). Bachelor in Dramaturgy and Theater Research from the University of Arts, Havana/Cuba. She also studied Journalism at the Universidad de Oriente. 

Alessandra’s artwork is socially engaged and encompasses a wide range of media and formats, such as writing, performance, photography, film, and installation. Taking as a starting point ideas of proximity and interference, she is seduced by the activation of networks of people and places in her practice through the intersection of art with identity and gender, environment, immigration, multiculturalism, history and cultural heritage.

She received funding from the embassies of Germany, Norway and Austria to support performing arts projects in Cuba (2010-2018). Winner calls for project funding and international residency programs from Goethe Institute, Prince Claus Foundation, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Acción Cultural Española AC/E, Can Serrat Writers Residency, Fleetstreet Residency, etc. 

During 2012-2020 she was invited to participate in Ibero-American theater initiatives such as Linha de Fuga (Portugal), Experimenta/Sur (Colombia), TUSP Public Readings Program, Dramaturgas (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Panorama/Sur (Argentina).

Books of her authorship have been published by Ediciones UNION, Editorial Casa Abril, Ediciones La Luz and Ediciones sinsentido.

She has 5 years of experience developing initiatives in Nuclear City: a community at risk of exclusion located next to the failed project of Juraguá Nuclear Power Plant (Cienfuegos, Cuba). In 2022 El Trailer developed Juraguá, the path of the blue waters: an artistic, community and environmental creation project which addressed the ecological risks of the construction of a hazardous waste dumpster in the former plant.

Alessandra is currently developing a creative process on social integration, cultural stereotypes and personal and collective memory, based on the migration experiences of Latin American women in and around the city of Stuttgart. Also she works on individual projects (such as the platform All I have is a river) and collaborates with different artists.