A founding member of Culture Clash,
Richard Montoya was born in San Diego in 1959, the son of two educators. Culture Clash
was founded on Cinco de Mayo, 1984 at René Yañez's Galería de la Raza/ Studio 24 in
San Francisco's Mission District by Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, Herbert
Sigüenza, and José Antonio Burciaga. Culture Clash's brand of Chicano comedic
theater has brought them to renowned venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington,
DC, the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Huntington in Boston, the Goodman Theatre
in Chicago, The Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, the Seattle Repertory Theatre in
Seattle, and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Richard Montoya was born in San Diego in 1959, the son of two educators. Richard's
father is José Montoya, poet laureate of Sacramento and founding member of the Royal
Chicano Air Force, an artist collective that served as printmakers for the United Farm
Workers. The family moved to Oakland, where his father taught at Oakland High School.
Montoya attended the California College of Arts and Crafts. His family moved further
north to small towns including Marysville and Lincoln.
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