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
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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