Rocío is an actor / fight director / teaching artist who was born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. Rocío has been seen on stage working with great theater companies such as The Pearl Theater Company, American Globe Theater, The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, The Classical Theater of Harlem, and The Brick. Rocío as been on various short and independent films, and TV that have been featured on networks such as MSNBC and PBS. Rocio has staged and coordinated fights for off and off-off broadway, as well as independent films. She was a Nominee for The NYIT Arts Award for Outstanding Choreography / Movement for “Hearts like Fists” and "Marian, or the true tale of Robin Hood" with The Flux Theater Ensemble. She also teaches a Stage Combat undergraduate course at The New School and is a teaching artist with Opening Act. An organization that provides arts programs for under-served public schools that have lost there funding for arts programs.
Rocío Mendez and her mother Zenaida at the NYWIFT Awards Ceremony
What people say about Rocio.
"Rocío combines authentic and sparkly comic timing with the kind of openness and emotional availability that can break hearts. As a director, finding an actor who can do both is a dream."
- Ela Thier, Director, Thier Productions
"The two actors (Rocío Mendez and Aliison Whittinghill) create a superb dynamic of play and intellectual tension that renders every moment of dialogue overfull of emotional intensity."
- Marcie Bianco, Feminist Review
"Rocío brings an honest and spontaneous performance with every single take. Her genuineness, enthusiasm, and warmth can be felt both on and off screen, making her both a joy to have on set, as well as a dream for an editor. I'm quite eager for the opportunity to work with her again!"