Celestina Cardona-Billington


Cardona-Billington is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance arts, zine crafting and social practice. Her projects and collaborations emerge from her unique mixed-race Tejana identity, transnational experiences, and an intersectional feminist ethos. She hold a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, with a concentration in fiction, and has over ten years of experience working in performance-- as an actress, playwright, dramaturg and director. 

Her most notable work has been in providing exciting arts experiences to local communities. In 2018, she received a $42,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to direct her original experiential project "Sacred Voice of the Bayou" which took place in Houston's Mason Park. Currently she is serving in a contract position with the Corporation for National Community Service, co-managing an Artist in Residence program for the National Park Service in New Bedford, Massachusetts. There she is working to build an inclusive, equitable and multidisciplinary opportunity for local artists. 

Cardona-Billington's practice has been recognized by multiple grants, awards and scholarships. Awarding institutions include: National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures, National Endowment of the Arts, The Corporation for National and Community Service, The City of Houston, Houston Arts Alliance and The University of Houston.

Spaces that have featured her works include Museo de Arte Moderno, CICA museum, AS220, Co Creative Space, the DiverseWorks galleries, The Blaffer, Houston Art Car Museum, The MATCH Theater, The Alley Theater, Experimental Action Festival, Counter Current Festival, Free Press Houston and Houston Zine Fest. 

Additional Information

Artist Statement I create and produce experimental projects for festivals, publications, performances and installations. There is the body of work I create for myself, and the works which I create in partnership with community groups. My process includes travel-based research, rehearsals, sketching and dialogue.

The video component of a two-part performance (video + live) that explores the malleability of mixed race identity.

Celestina Billington performs in "Innocent Violence" for Zoukak Theater, an experimental production that was produced for Counter Current


East End, Houston, Texas 77023