Catalina studied acting at La Casa del Teatro, holds MFA in Acting from Temple University and a degree in anthropology from the National University of Colombia. She has extensive experience in art and theatre for community peace processes. She has acted and taught in the United State, Canada, Austria, Spain, Ecuador, and Germany on different occasions since 2003.
Her creative work as a performer and director has been characterized by an instinctive search for poetic imagery through symbiosis between tangible objects and materials and the spoken word, voice, song and movement.
A researcher of voice and singing styles from around the world, her vocal work for the stage and teaching practice revolve around research on expanded register vocal techniques and the energetic, transformative and curative dimension of voice. She carries out this work through her training and experimentation project Voz en Expansión (Expanding Voice).
She has acted in over 30 productions in Colombia including collaborations with Teatro Varasanta and La Resistencia. She codirected theatre pieces as part of the German program Civil Service for Peace with Afro-Colombian, rural and Indigenous communities and in neighbourhoods of the periphery of Medellin, Colombia.
She is co-founder of the Barracuda Carmela Company where for 13 years she produced interdisciplinary theatre aimed at establishing spaces and conditions for putting people in direct contact with one another.
She is the only certified FV® teacher in Colombia and has been a pioneer in teaching this method to performance artists and public speakers. She was accent coach for the film Loving Pablo with Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.
Catalina has received grants and awards from the Fulbright Commission, Ministry of Culture (Colombia), Temple University (USA), the National University of Colombia and the Bogotá Institute for the Arts (IDARTES). She is a professor of performing arts at the Xavierian University and La Casa del Teatro in Bogotá.
MFA Temple University; BA National University of Colombia.