Beyond the Wall / Más Allá del Muro
a binational puppet party in Ambos Nogales



Más Allá del Muro // Beyond the Wall, which is run by a coalition of local and international artists, aims to showcase authentic, diverse, local perspectives on life at the border through the work of local artists, in contrast to the pervasive negative picture of the border painted by today’s political climate. We know there is more to life at the border than the wall. Our projects, which are always free to the public and family friendly, offer locals a chance to celebrate and reconsider the narratives around local life, and offer non-locals an invitation to connect to authentic local stories and reconsider their perspective on life at the border.



Ana Diaz Barriga is a Mexican theatre artist focused on international collaborative performance and specialized in puppetry and improvisation. She has completed theatre studies in the UK, graduating in 2015 from an MA at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has improvised in the UK, Italy and Mexico and was co-founder of the experimental theatre company, BARK, in London. Ana has performed in festivals including the Edinburgh Free Fringe (UK, 2011), Sprint Festival (UK, 2015), and the Prague Quadrennial (CZ, 2015), and has worked with companies including Marionetas de la Esquina (MX), FiguraT (MX), and Look Left Look Right (UK). She has trained in puppet manipulation and construction with PIP (CZ), Yael Rasooly (IL), Improbable (UK) and Gyre & Gymble (UK), among others. Currently she is preparing to start her Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre at Northwestern University.

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Analia Briones is a bilingual project manager from the Sonora region with experience across the arts and political sectors.

Talya Chalef is a Brooklyn based South African/Australian interdisciplinary theatre-maker who has developed and presented new projects since 2004. She is the co­-founder of Public Works Department and a member of Mapping Spectral Traces  - a global group of artists, scholars and academics concerned with cultural geography. Talya explores themes of social justice, memory, history and identity and seeks out new forms of performance. Projects include: SITE (2006), IN OTHER WORDS (2007 Melbourne & 2009 Argentina ­ both nominated in the Victorian Green Room Awards.),  EYTON RD (2009 Melbourne & Cape Town), AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE (2011) for the NY Fringe, L'CHAIM (2013) Horace Mann Theatre, PORT CITIES (2016) & WE DON'T LIVE ON MARS YET (International Theatre Program, University of Rochester). Talya has participated in numerous artist residencies in both Melbourne and NYC including: ArtsHouse North Melbourne Meat Market, Abbotsford Convent Melbourne, Watermill Centre NY, Space on Ryder Farm, Mount Tremper Arts, Centre for Advanced Study University of Minnesota and was an invited guest artist in Maynooth Dublin. Talya completed an MFA at Columbia University (2013) and holds a graduate diploma in Animateuring (Theatremaking/Devising) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2004). She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Columbia Dean's Fellowship, the prestigious Elizabeth Murdoch Travel Fellowship, multiple Besen Family Foundation Awards and The Australian Council of the Arts ArtStart Grant.


Jacksubeli Gonzalez is a community youth & arts organizer with a sterling reputation and wide network. She is also a member of the Nogales cultural council.


Jess Kaufman is a theatre and performance artist with credits ranging from the Camden People’s Theatre in London (Sprint Festival, Camden Fringe Festival) to Off-Broadway (Dear Edwina), regional theatre (Arizona Broadway Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse) and US national tours. She is a founding member of Sub-Sublime, an international performance collective, and hosts a monthly artists’ salon in NYC. Her play with The DH Ensemble, Mathilda and the Orange Balloon, (based on the book by Randall de Seve) received a funded development at Sheffield Theatres, and is currently on tour in the UK. Her writing about theatre has been published in ArtsPraxis and Theatre and Performance Design, and she co-edited a special issue of Connection Science on Embodied Cognition, Acting and Performance. BFA University of Miami, MA Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Michael Fenlason is an experienced arts administrator, founder of arts nonprofit STRADA, and Artistic Director of the Tubac Center for the Arts.


Oscar Lancaster is a high school arts teacher born and raised in Nogales, connected to local youth and to youth-serving cultural institutions.


Raúl Humberto Leyva is a journalist born in Guaymas, Sonora with thirty years of experience, and has been a cultural promoter for twenty years. He is currently the coordinator of the Colectivo Cultural Taco de Perro, which has been promoting all kinds of arts, particularly music, urban art and visual exhibitions of all kinds at the border for the past 6 years. Additionally, he organizes a Tattoo Festival with tattoo artists from various cities in Sonora, Sinaloa, and other Mexican states.

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Abraham Limon Guzman is an artist working in paper, paint, mosaic, trash, and murals. He is a Nogales local with many individual and group exhibitions in the region.


Jimena Pacheco is a trilingual PR and marketing specialist with a focus on promoting artistic and cultural events and festivals.


Elena Vega has a BA in Publicity and Marketing, and currently works as an indie publisher, professional freelance photographer, cultural promoter, poet and almost musician. Her publications include: What the river carries (2017, Lata Oscura) from an artistic residency in Tubac, AZ; Sirena Maldita, (2017, Lata oscura); De que madres hablas, (2010, project FECAS); Dividida (2014, Rizoma ediciones), Lumia (2013, Guayabas Cartonera). She has performed her poetry, songs, and musicalised poetry in the Museo de Arte Nogales (Nogales), Horas (Hermosillo), Mujeres en su tinta (Hermosillo), Noche Erotica (Alwun House, Phoenix), and on Radio Educación with Rafael Catana (Mexico City). She has toured her work to Nogales, Mexicali, Tijuana, Guadalajara, Puebla, and Mexico City. In addition, Elena has participated in many regional art festivals, including the San Luis Rio Colorado Literature Festival; the Encuentro Internacional de Escritores Horas; the first youth book fair in Navojoa, Sonora; the FAOT festival; the migrant poets festival Colorado, and the first Beyond the Wall festival (Nogales).


"Giant Puppets Frolic at the Border Fence" & “Giant Puppet Performance Coming to Nogales” Kendal Blust, Nogales International, 28/11/2017 & 21/11/2017.

Wise Imagination: Mischief and Mirth at the Wall” Valerie Lee James, HuffPo Blogs, 1/12/2017.<

" Expondrán Proyecto 'Más Allá del Muro' en Nogales " Francisco Espinosa, El Diario de Sonora, 21/11/2017.

[VIDEO] " Une a dos Paises Festival de las Fronteras " Azteca Sonora, 26/11/2017.

Realizan Festival Mas Alla del Muro ” Omar Chiquete, Nuevo Día, 27/11/2017, & " Invitan a Festival Binacional 'Mas Alla del Muro ', en Nogales" Augustín Valle, Nuevo Día, 22/11/2017.

[VIDEO] " Jóvenes Neoyorquinos filman en Nogales parte del documental 'Más allá del muro' " Meganoticias, 24/11/2017.

[VIDEO] " Construyen títeres gigantes fronterizos Azteca Sonora " 21/11/2017.

Invitan a Festival Artístico ‘Más Allá de la Frontera’ en Nogales ” Gerardo J. Ponce de Léon M, Marquesina, 22/11/2017.

[VIDEO] Conferencia de Prensa , 23/11/2017.

[VIDEO] Entrevista , Diversa la Voz, 24/11/2017.