Nava Mau is an artist and cultural worker. She is a mixed-race trans Latina from Mexico City and San Antonio, Texas. As a student, Nava wrote, directed, and starred in five live sketch-comedy shows. She also starred in Drawing the Shades, a play about survivors of sexual assault. Nava was then part of Peacock Rebellion’s Brouhaha comedy program for two years in a row. In 2016, she was a producer and co-host, and she worked as a writing coach and featured artist in 2017. Her directorial film debut, the short film Waking Hour, premiered in festivals and online in 2019. She also wrote, produced, and stars in the film, which was funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Nava’s long-term vision is to illuminate the stories of marginalized people in order to transform their access to resources. She received her BA in Linguistics from Pomona College, after studying in Paris and conducting research in Guadalajara, Mexico. Nava also worked with survivors of violence for three years; first with immigrant survivors as a legal assistant, and then as a peer counselor and advocate for LGBTQ survivors of violence. Her wide range of experience also includes curriculum development, workshop & dialogue facilitation, training, and public speaking. All of her work has revolved around questions of culture and how to collectively change it.