FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE PROGRAM *TERREMOTO/EARTHQUAKE SHOW I March 26, April 11 All pieces will be in Spanish, Portuguese or English with subtitles.
Everything is Shaking by Delbis Cardona directed by Amytza Maskati Venezuelan poet and actor performs his own poem.
O Sonho Africano/Incomparável/Particularidades do Meu Ser/ / Africanizando (The African Dream/Incomparable/Particularities of my Being / Africanizing) by Morgado Mbalate performed by Jamira Horácio Inguane Mozambican poems from Brazil. Aquario (Aquarius) by Sol Schiller A multimedia piece exploring the pollution of the sea in Argentina.
Y si fuera agua de lluvia? (And if it were rainwater?)by Abigail Jottar and Miriam Benabib directed by Abigail Jottar Accompanied by clarinetist , projections and sounds, Ms. Jottar tells a story of how rain harvesting can save Mexico City.
INTERMISSION (Five Minutes)
Mi Casa (My House)/La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) by Gloria Garcia Stanley Bay Area actor will perform her poem and sing a traditional song.
Charismatic Megafloraby Linda Amayo-Hassan directed by by Linda Amayo-Hassan performed by Abner Lozano, Sedrick Cabrera, and Michelle Navarette Bay Area playwright writes of two brothers who meet with an old-growth redwood who has been nearly destroyed by the fires.
Monetofágicos (Money Eaters)by Thiago Neves directed by Rafael Duarte Oliveira Venancio performed by Julio Mayer & Wando Moreira A Brazilian play about money and garbage.
Dragão de Ferro (Iron Dragon)byRafael Acevedo w/Aline Lira A song about forest devastation, animal killings and Native genocide.
Green Placentawritten and performed by Iliana Munoz directed by Gibran Valencia A performer is invited to participate in an artistic intervention planting 20 trees in a sidewalk in Mexico City. It becomes a complete mess.
Your Body and My Body by Delbis Cardona directed by Amytza Maskati Venezuelan poet and actor performs his own poem.
TERREMOTO/EARTHQUAKE SHOW II March 28, April 9 All pieces in Spanish, Portuguese or English with subtitles.
¡Y se hizo la luz! (Let there be light!) Frida Tovar Velazquez directed by Alejandra Anzorena performed by Judith Inda* and Annya Katerina Based on a Nahuatl ritual. If a flare falls in the middle of the forest and there is no one to extinguish it, does the forest actually catch fire?
Se uma árvore pudesse falar?(If a tree could speak?)by Edgar Bueno A song taped in the Brazilian “cerrado” (a kind of savannah)using instruments made of recycled materials.
La ciudad de los arroyos invisibles (The City of Invisible Streams)by Mariana Vily directed by Flavia Vitale performed by Natalia Chiesi and Gerardo Scherman voice work by Rocio Mosca Macie A memory play about the flooding of Buenos Aires’ underground waterways.
The Biohazardous Waste Landby Aaron Higareda directed by Melanie Queponds An adaptation of T.S. Elliot's The Waste Land from the perspective of a Chicano working in a Vernon, CA medical waste disposal facility.
Corrente Líquida (Net Current) by Diogo Mattos directed by Victor Garbossa performed by Ana Caroline and Emanuelle Di Angele A play about the hydric crisis in Amapá (an Amazon region Brazilian State) and São Paulo.
INTERMISSION (Five Minutes)
Casca Raiz Origem e Tempo (Casca Raiz Origin and Time) written, directed, and performed by Adryana Ryal A play about Brazilian shamans and herbalists. O Fantasma de Gonçalves Dias (The Ghost of Gonçalves Dias) by Rafael Duarte Oliveira Venancio directed by Victor Garbossa performed by Carlos Falat, Letícia Navarro, and Renato Alves On the Maranhao coast of Brazil, an Instagram influencer meets with the ghost of poet Gonçalves Dias and Anhangá, a Tupi Hades.
Renato Alves (Anhangá, O Fantasma de Goncalves Dias) is an actor, director, theater teacher and producer of theater shows. He lives in São Paulo Capital, has worked with theater for over 25 years, participated in cultural workshops and free theater courses, such as Oswald Andrade, Amâncio Mazzaropi, Alfredo Volpi and participated in interpretation and improvisation courses at “Piccolo teatro” and “Isola che non c'e” (Torino - Italy). He performed in more than 40 theatrical shows in his career as an actor and recorded a soap opera in Italy "L’Amore solo non Basta"; with the actress Angela Finocchiaro. Renato Alves has a project called “Núcleo Teatral Experimental do Fagulhas D'Arte”, where he gives opportunities for actors, new actors and aspirants to the theater, invites them in an open way, to participate in his theatrical productions and every 3 months new classes perform at the Zero Hora Ribalta theater and are on display.
Linda Amayo-Hassan (writer and director, Charismatic Megaflora) is a playwright and in the writers pool for PlayGround. Her short play Latino Souls was selected in November for PlayGround. Linda developed her full length play ¡CHEER! Story of a Dreamer, at the Berkeley Rep School and she attended the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive in 2018. Linda was commissioned by the Hayward Area Historical Society to write, The Heart of Our Bay, a history of Hayward, California. Linda runs Chabot College Theatre for Young Audiences and is a founding member of Theatre Cultura.
Alejandra Anzorena (director, ¡Y se hizo la luz! )is a Latina, border girl, writer, actress, director, dancer. Based in Tijuana. She graduated from the School of Dramatic Literature and Theater at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Winner of Lech Hellwig-Górzynski award in 2017 as an actress. Her dance education was based in Tijuana and USA. She has competed at the National Dance Competition in Las Vegas and San Diego. Playwright of “Ajo, tomate y cebolla” and “Albures de una conexión inestable”. Audience theater researcher since 2018, she has presented some papers for AMIT (Asociación Mexicana de Investigación Teatral) and in II Jornadas Internacionales de Teoría, Historia y Gestión del espectador teatral del Instituto de Artes del Espectáculo (FILO: UBA).
Rafael Azevedo (writer/director, Dragão de Ferro) is a Brazilian writer and musician. He lives in Belém, Pará, in the Amazon region. Graduated and master in language, he is researching literature at the Federal University of Pará in his doctorate. He is currently writing a fictional novel called "Ecos in the heart of the earth", which will be released in 2021.
Jahaziel Becerril (musician) es uno de los clarinetistas mas destacados y activos de su generación. Realizó sus estudios de Licenciatura en el Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli, continuando su preparación académica con la realización de una Maestría en Carnegie Mellon University con el Clarinete Principal de “Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra”, Michael Rusinek. Jahaziel Becerril desarrolló una pasión por el clarinete que lo llevaría a conocer a su principal mentor, Donald Montanaro (The Philadelphia Orchestra) con quien realizo estudios de perfeccionamiento. Laureado en numerosos concursos de clarinete en México y en el extranjero. Gracias a su importante quehacer artístico ha tocando en escenarios como The Kennedy Centre, Teatro Colon, Carnegie Music hall, Severance Hall, Wolf Trap Performing Arts Park, Palacio de Bellas Artes, entre otras y ha trabajado con directores y solistas de gran renombre internacional tales como: Placido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Andrew Davis, Paquito D ́ Rivera, Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, por mencionar algunos. Su incansable búsqueda por la música poco conocida de su instrumento lo llevó a formar el Ensamble Florestán con el cual explora y difunde el repertorio de la literatura clásica del clarinete. Jahaziel ha sido becario del "Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes" y actualmente es clarinetista de la Orquesta Del Teatro De Bellas Artes, donde busca continuar con la tradición de la vieja escuela de clarinete de Philadelphia a través del repertorio de opera y Ballet.
Jahaziel Becerril (musician) is one of the most outstanding and active clarinetists of his generation. He did his Bachelor studies at the Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center, continuing his academic preparation with completion of a Master's Degree at Carnegie Mellon University with the Principal Clarinet of the “Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra”, Michael Rusinek. He developed a passion for the clarinet that would lead him to his main mentor, Donald Montanaro (The Philadelphia Orchestra) with whom he carried out improvement studies. He has been a laureate in numerous clarinet competitions in Mexico and abroad. Thanks to his important artistic work, he has played on stages such as The Kennedy Center, Teatro Colon, Carnegie Music Hall, Severance Hall, Wolf Trap Performing Arts Park, Palacio de Bellas Artes, among others and has worked with directors and soloists of great international renown such as: Placido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Andrew Davis, Paquito D ́ Rivera, Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, to name a few. His tireless search for the little-known music of his instrument led him to form the Ensamble Florestan with which he explores and disseminates the repertoire of the classical clarinet literature. Jahaziel has been a fellow of the "National Fund for Culture and the Arts" and is currently a clarinetist with the Orquesta Del Teatro De Bellas Artes, where he seeks to carry on the old school clarinet tradition from Philadelphia through the repertoire of opera and ballet.
Miriam Benabib (writer, Y si fuera agua de lluvia?) es Bióloga y Maestra en Ciencias por la Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (U.N.A.M.). Dra. en Zoología y Ecología Evolutiva (PhD) por la Universidad de Georgia, Estados Unidos. He sido docente de Biología en primaria, secundaria, preparatoria, licenciatura y posgrado en escuelas oficiales, escuelas particulares, la U.N.A.M. y la Universidad de Texas en Arlington, Estados Unidos. Fui investigadora de tiempo completo en el Instituto de Ecología de la U.N.A.M. Dirigí tesis de licenciatura, maestría y doctorado. He publicado artículos de investigación en revistas arbitradas internacionales, capítulos en libros, artículos de divulgación científica y participado en documentales científicos. Actualmente soy directora académica del Instituto Emuná en la Ciudad de México y líder climática del "Climate Reality Project"
Miriam Benabib (writer, Y si fuera agua de lluvia?) is a biologist with a Master in Science (Faculty of Sciences, National Autonomous University in México - U.N.A.M.) and a PhD in Zoology and Evolutionary Ecology (University of Georgia, U.S.A.). She is a teacher in different areas of biology at elementary, junior high school, high school, bachelor and graduate levels in official and private schools, U.N.A.M. and the University of Texas in Arlington, U.S.A. She was a researcher at the Institute of Ecology, U.N.A.M., and directed bachelors, masters and doctorate theses. She has published research papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and scientific outreach articles and has participated in documentary science movies. She is now the academic director at Instituto Emuná in Mexico City and a climate leader of the "Climate Reality Project".
Delbis Cardona (writer, Everything is Shaking, Your Body and My Body) is a stage, film and television actor, teacher and GALA HISPANIC THEATRE company member who appeared in Like water for chocolate (Como agua para chocolate), In the times of the butterflies (En el tiempo de las mariposas) - Broadway World Award - Best Actor in a Play - 2018, The old man, the youth and the sea (El Viejo, el Joven y el Mar) - Nomination Broadway World Award - Best Actor in a Play - 2019, Life is a dream (La Vida es Sueño), The dog of the manger (El Perro del Hortelano) 2020, and GALita’s VolcanO, Blancaflor, Entre la tierra y el cielo, De que las hay, las hay! and Rigoberta, donde estas?. He worked in The Phantom of Opera with Synetic Theatre. Born in Venezuela, worked with renowned dance, theater, film and advertising companies. He has performed with such groups as Río Teatro Caribe, Palo de Agua Producciones, Teatrela, Dramo, Sarta de Cuentas, Compañía Nacional de Teatro, and Art-O, among. He worked at Bond Street Theatre, PS 122, and Double Edge Theatre in the United States as part of UNESCO’s Ashberg Program. Delbis participated in festivals in Europe and Latin America; taught at the National Experimental University of the Arts of Venezuela and the Research Laboratory of Jerzy Grotowski Cathedra; studied at the National Theater Company of Venezuela; has a Bachelors in Theatre from the University Institute of Theatre and a Diploma Graduate in Cultural Management, Heritage and Sustainable Tourism; he founded and directed Escena de Caracas. He received the 2008 and 2011 Municipal Theatre Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and was nominated for the 2006 Best Actor Award by the National Cinematographers Association of Venezuela (Asociación Nacional de Autores Cinematográficos de Venezuela).
Ana Caroline (Elisa, Corrente Líquida) is a native of Teresina-PI, and resident in the city of Macapá-AP. She has a degree in Portuguese and French Letters - UNIFAP. She studied classical ballet and contemporary dance at the Piauí State School of Dance Lenir Argento and, since 2015, she has acted as a clown, actress and circus artist at Cia Casa Circo, where she’s the founder and instructor of circus practices. As a circus interpreter she acts in “Os Acrobatas”; as an actress / dancer she performs on the solo “A Mulher do Fim do Mundo”, where she was awarded as best actress at the II Festival Curta Teatro 2017, and in the show “Chica, Fulô de Mandacarú”, all by Cia Casa Circo in the state of Amapá. In 2019 she circulated through the Projeto Palco Giratório with the shows, “A Mulher do Fim do Mundo” and “Chica, Fulô de Mandacarú”, both by Cia Casa.
Nataila Chiesi (Laura, La ciudad de los arroyos invisibles) es actriz y docente formada en Andamio 90’ Trabajos como actriz: “La Fachalfarra” con dirección de Alfredo Martín, “Las obreras” de María Elena Sardi, dirección de Nicolás Carbó y “Teatro del Futuro” con dirección de Carolina Bustamante y Fernando Schor. “Ángeles de Cromagñón”, “Lisístrata”, “Cambio y fuera”, “El jardín de los cerezos o la fugacidad del tiempo”. “Unidad funcional” Dirección: Mariano Villamarín, dentro del FESTIVAL ESCENA 2011. "Un día en Africa" de Roberto Cortizo Petraglia. (Ganadora del Festival Necochea 2010). "Radioteatro para ver" – “El conventillo de la paloma” y “Las de enfrente” Entre el 2006 y 2004, forma parte del Grupo de teatro “Andabarrios”, proyecto de extensión cultural – Andamio 90. “Mi Bello Dragón” de Enrique Pinti. Dirección General: Alejandra Boero y Alejandro Samek. “Amor invisible”. Entre el 2001 y 2000, integra el Grupo de Teatro “Los Puritanos”. Web: “Duplex” de Gabriel Benmaor. IG: @natichie
Emanuelle Di Ângele (Patricia, Corrente Líquida) was born in Piauí, Brazil, and trained in theater at the State Technical School of Theater Professor José Gomes Campos, where she lived the character Clarabela, a character in the play A Farsa da Boa Preguiça, written by the paraiban writer Ariano Suassuna. Fascinated by the theater since she was a child, she participated in her first workshop at the age of 13. When she was 18 she decided to make theater her profession. She moved to São Paulo in 2020 and is now part of the Companhia de Teatro Tranqueiras.
Carlos Falat (Fantasma, O Fantasma de Goncalves Dias) has a degree in Performing Arts, Clinical Psychology, and Classical Letters. He debuted in 1967 on radio soap operas, where he acted and wrote more than 350 novels. On television, he premiered in 1972, Tv Tupi acting in several soap operas and teleteatros, from Globo, SBT and Record. He was the author of the soap opera “Felicidade Existe”. In theater, he participated in 54 shows. He currently works as a voice actor and dubbing director. His most well-known characters are the voice of the Skeeter of the cartoon "Doug," Paul from “The Wonder Years”; Phil from “Rugrats”; Bobby from “Bobby’s World”. Tim from “Jurassic Park”, where his voice was chosen by Spielberg himself.
Victor Garbossa (director, O Fantasma de Goncalves Dias, Corrente Líquida) 28 years old, from São Paulo city - Brazil. He graduated with a BA in Audiovisual from Senac University. He is an actor, director, singer and voice actor. He studied courses at School actors Nill de Pádua, Musical Theater Laboratory, Academy of Actors and University of Dubbing. His first appearance in theater was in “Wizard of Oz” as ensemble and cover of Scarecrow. In 2016, he presented the theater shows “O Aprendiz de Feiticeiro”; 2017 “Em Busca de Noel” and “Fala Sério, Gente!” in 2018. He held some workshops in TV acting with Paloma Riani, and voice acting with Claudio Galvan. In dubbing, he gave his voice for the character “Choco” and “Agent Z” in “44 Cats”. He dubbed various characters in Turkish soap operas, such as “The Forbidden Fruit” and “Bitter Lands” that have been televised in Angola. He also participated in the Walking Dead 8th season.
Paul Heller (producing team member) is an award-winning playwright based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In collaboration with actors, puppeteers, dancers, directors, and university professors, Paul has devised original plays that examine America's shrinking rural culture, prison debt, opioid addiction, our current political divide, our identity as Americans, and our relationship with Mexico, Japan, China, and Vietnam. Paul's plays have premiered in the Bay Area and nationally. He has taught acting and has directed dozens of plays and musicals in the Bay Area as well as in Mexico, Venezuela, and Rome while teaching in local and at international schools. He ran the Asian American Theater’s playwrights’ incubator program and currently serves as dramaturge for Indra’s Net, a theater company devoted to work about science and mathematics. https://paulgheller.com
Aaron Higareda (writer and performer, The Biohazardous Wasteland) is an emerging playwright from southern California. He worked for Berkeley Repertory Theater and Shotgun Players as a House Manager for the 2019-2020 short-lived season, and is currently working with PlayGround-SF as a Box Office Manager. He was also the 2018-2019 Marketing Fellow at American Conservatory Theater. Aaron has had workshop productions with CASA 0101 and El Teatro Campesino. He holds a B.A. in Theater: Writing for the Performing arts from the University of California, Riverside, and will be entering a M.F.A. playwriting program in the fall of 2021!
Judith Inda (God, ¡Y se hizo la luz!)is an actress, Alexander Technique teacher, and independent cultural manager. She is currently an actress at the National Company of Theatre, Program of the Creation Support System and Cultural Projects México (Fonca). She was the first Mexican to specialize in Canada, certifying in the Alexander Technique at “The Toronto School of the Alexander Technique”. She is co-founder and member of APTAM (Alexander Technique Teachers Association of Mexico).
Jamira Horácio Inguane (performer, O Sonho Africano/Incomparável/Não Sou de Cor, Sou Negra / Africanizan)formada em Filosofia e Recursos humanos. Sou activista social, luto em prol das raparigas e mulheres no que diz respeito os seus direitos e propriedades, e sou apaixonada por comunicação e leitura.
Jamira Horácio Inguane graduated in Philosophy and Human Resources. She is a social activist. She fights for girls and women with regard to their rights and properties, and she is passionate about communication and reading.
Abigail Jottar (writer/director, Y si fuera agua de lluvia?) es fundadora de Ambidiestra Escénica. Al ser formada artísticamente en la Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral I.N.B.A.,me mantengo a la vanguardia en el ámbito actoral, en la gestión cultural y en la psicoterapia del juego con bases teatrales con mi propuesta creativa a la que he nombrado «Cuentacuento multidisciplinario», medio por el cual doy movilidad y sostenibilidad a la compañía teatral Ambidiestra Escénica, además de fortalecer y crear vínculos con especialistas de distintos estratos culturales para hacer equipo y difundir la diversidad dentro de las disciplinas artísticas a través del arte escénico, desarrollo social y sistemas organizacionales, como con: la Sinagoga Histórica Justo Sierra 71, Teatro Urbano, Dueto operístico Risonanza, entre otros.
Abigail Jottar (writer/director, Y si fuera agua de lluvia?) is the founder of Ambidiestra Escénica. Artistically trained at the National School of Theater Art (I.N.B.A.), she remains at the forefront in the acting field, in cultural management and in play psychotherapy with theatrical bases with her creative proposal, "Multidisciplinary Storyteller". She gives mobility and sustainability to the Ambidiestra Escénica theater company, in addition to strengthening and creating links with specialists from different cultural strata to spread diversity within artistic disciplines through performing arts, social development and organizational systems, as with: the Justo Sierra 71 Historical Synagogue, Teatro Urbano, Risonanza operatic duet, among others.
Lisa Kang (producing team member; founder, Same Boat Theater Collective) is a resident of San Jose (Muwekma Ohlone land) and a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has been a playwright, actor, educator and environmental activist for several years. Her work has been performed by theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seoul and Taipei. Her work has been featured in Theater Bay Area’s Playwriting Showcase and has been recognized as finalist or semi-finalist in Playwright’s Foundation, MultiStages (NYC), and Naatak Theater. She is the co-founder of San Jose's City Lights Theater's Light Source playwriting workshop and founder of Butterfly Effect’s playwriting workshop in Taipei. Lisa is a member of Playground and of the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco. www.lisakang.net/
Annya Katerina (Quinceañera, ¡Y se hizo la luz!) is a Mexican actress, dancer, singer, videographer and graphic designer who uses different artistic languages for the creation and interpretation of scenic and audiovisual pieces. Member of the theater company Teatro en el Incendio and student of the Theater Degree at the Autonomous University of Baja California. She also has a diploma in Dance and Stage Production endorsed by the National Pedagogical University from Mexico and taught by the dance company Lux Boreal in Tijuana, B.C. She has participated in different international events such as San Diego Trolley Dances directed by the company Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and the International Congress of Dance CIAD.
Diogo Mattos(writer, Corrente Líquida), 39 anos, nasceu em Piracicaba (SP / Brasil). Formado em Imagem e Som pela Universidade Federal de São Carlos onde codirigiu o premiado curta em super-8 “Meu Amigo Girassol”. Trabalha como escritor, diretor teatral e ator. Escreveu as peças “Lucas e o Grande Teatrologista” e “Feliz 92”. Dirigiu espetáculos como "Líderes do Amanhã” e “Ploc – A Borboleta Mais Linda Que Já Vi", considerada melhor peça infantil de 2010 pelo público do Guia da Folha de SP. É corroteirista e protagonista do longa “Amanda” em fase de produção. É corresponsável pelo perfil @sabeaquelacena no Instagram, que visita locações de obras audiovisuais realizadas no Brasil. "Corrente Líquida" é seu primeiro texto montado para um Festival Internacional. Diogo Mattos, (writer, Corrente Líquida), 39, was born in Piracicaba (SP / Brazil). He graduated in Image and Sound from the Federal University of São Carlos where he co-directed the award-winning super-8 short film “Meu Amigo Girassol”. He works as a writer, theater director and actor. He wrote the plays “Lucas e o Grande Teatrologista” and “Feliz 92”. He directed shows such as "Líderes do Amanhã" and "Ploc – A Borboleta Mais Linda Que Já Vi", considered the best children's play of 2010 by the public of Guia da Folha de SP. He is a co-writer and protagonist of the feature “Amanda” in the production phase. He is co-responsible for the @sabeaquelacena profile on Instagram, which visits locations of audiovisual works carried out in Brazil. "Corrente Líquida" is his first text for an International Festival.
Morgado Henrique Mbalate (writer, O Sonho Africano/Incomparável/Não Sou de Cor, Sou Negra / Africanizan)asceu em Maputo, Moçambique, a 06 de Setembro de 1993. Foi distinguido com a menção honrosa pela obra Ode ao Ninho no Prêmio Mundial de Poesia Nosside edição 2014. Foi distinguido com a menção honrosa pela obra Moçambicanizando no Prêmio Fernanda de Castro na categoria de Poesia no IV Concurso Internacional de Poesia & Prosa edição 2017. Foi distinguido com um certificado de mérito pela marca e empresa criativa Morgado Mbalate no programa de empreendedorismo Starting Your Creative Enterprise (Começando O Seu Negócio Criativo) edição 2020. Foi distinguido com um certificado de mérito pela obra Morada no SOLAR DE POETAS edição 2014. É escritor, empreendedor, palestrante e poeta moçambicano. Licenciado em Filosofia pela Universidade São Tomás de Moçambique (USTM, 2018), especialista em Recursos Humanos e Ética. Estudou Electrónica e Telecomunicações na Escola Nacional de Aeronáutica (ENA, 2012). Pela Editora Edições Esgotadas, publicou: Odisseia da Alma (Poesia, 2016). Pela Comunidade do Tambor publicou em co-autoria: O que nos a Bala (CD de Literatura Negra, 2018). Pelo Portal Karingana – Portal Académico de Moçambique publicou: Covid-19 Palavras para Aliviar o Isolamento Social (Crónica, 2020). Pela Chiado Books publicou: A Arte Suave da Palavra (Poesia, 2020). Participa de antologias diversas. É embaixador da Campanha ESCOLA SEM COVID na KUFUNDZA. É membro da Academia Internacional da União Cultural. É fundador da marca Morgado Mbalate (Vestuário & Agência de Publicidade). É colaborador do Portal Por dentro da África.
Morgado Henrique Mbalate (writer, O Sonho Africano/Incomparável/Não Sou de Cor, Sou Negra / Africanizan)is a Mozambican writer, entrepreneur, speaker and poet. He received an honorable mention for the work "Ode ao Ninho" in the 2014 Nosside World Poetry Prize and for the work "Moçambicanizando" in the Prêmio Fernanda de Castro in the Poetry category at the IV International Poetry & Prose Contest 2017. He was awarded a certificate of merit by Morgado Mbalate in the entrepreneurship program Starting Your Creative Enterprise (Começando O Seu Negócio Criativo) 2020. He was distinguished with a certificate of merit for the work "Morada" in SOLAR DE POETAS 2014. He holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of São Tomás de Moçambique (USTM, 2018), specializing in Human Resources and Ethics. He studied Electronics and Telecommunications at the National School of Aeronautics (ENA, 2012). His publications include Odisseia da Alma (Poesia, 2016), O que a Bala (CD de Literatura Negra, 2018), Covid-19 Palavras para Aliviar o Isolamento Social (Crónica, 2020), and A Arte Suave da Palavra (Poesia, 2020). He is ambassador for the SCHOOL WITHOUT COVID campaign at KUFUNDZA. He is a member of the Academia Internacional da União Cultural. He is the founder of the Morgado Mbalate brand (Vestuário & Agência de Publicidade). He is a contributor to the Portal Por dentro da África.
Amytza Maskati (director, Everything is Shaking/Our Body and My Body; producing team member) performed in about 30 theatre, film, and webseries productions in over 25 years. She starred in the LORALI World Premiere and collaborated with Todd Kessler (creator of Blue’s Clues) to raise environmental awareness for children in Miami, Florida. The Edison Arts Society awarded Highest Honors in Theatre to this first-generation Puerto Rican & Indian raised in Edison, New Jersey. Amytza inspires others through teaching grades K-12 and coaching adults as an entrepreneur. Amytza earned her B.A. in Journalism/Media Studies & Spanish Translation/Interpretation at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ and M.A. in Urban Education: Spanish Language & Culture at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. Amytza studied Spanish in Spain, Arabic in Oman, and now resides in Silicon Valley on Ramaytush and Ohlone land. Amytza sings, dances, and shares her travels with the world. Connect with Amytza at email@example.com.
Wando Moreira (Ganâncio, Monetofágicos) is an actor and Journalism student. A São Paulo city native by body and soul since 1989 who lives at Uberlândia. A cosplayer nerd who observes the details, loves to travel (when possible) and is a free-will advocate.
Iliana Muñoz (writer, Green Placenta) es escritora, creadora, investigadora y crítica de artes escénicas. Facilitadora de experiencias holísticas. Egresada del Master Erasmus Mundus in International Performance Research (MAIPR). Es Lic. en Literatura Dramática y Teatro por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y Lic. en Gestión Cultural por la Universidad de Guadalajara. Sus obras más recientes son: Amniótico (2020), Contagio (2020), Ichigo-Ichie, Kung Fu (2019-2020), ¿Qué te detiene? (2019) Tripping(2015-2018). Ha colaborado para Nexos, Falso Raccord, PasodeGato, La Jornada, Revista Punto de Partida. Ha ganado varios premios de crítica teatral: Olga Harmony (2018), Criticón (2017, 2012), FFyL (2002, 2003). Ex becaria FONCA para estudios de maestría en el extranjero (2012-2013) y CONACYT-FUNDACIÓN INBA (2012-2013). Ha impartido talleres de investigación corporal en México, Serbia, Bielorusia y la India.
Iliana Muñoz (writer, Green Placenta) is a writer, theatre practitioner, researcher and critic, and facilitator of holistic experiences. She holds an MA from the program Erasmus Mundus in International Performance Research (MAIPR). She holds a BA in Drama and Theatre from the National Autonomous University in Mexico, and she holds a BA in Cultural Management from the University of Guadalajara. Her latest work pieces are: Amniótico (2020), Contagio (2020), Ichigo-Ichie, Kung Fu (2019-2020), ¿Qué te detiene? (2019) Tripping(2015-2018). Her work has been published in Nexos, Falso Raccord, PasodeGato, La Jornada, Revista Punto de Partida, Revarena Ediciones and Los Textos de La Capilla. She has been awarded several prizes in theatre-critic writing: Olga Harmony (2018), Criticón (2017, 2012), FFyL (2002, 2003). She won the grants FONCA for postgraduate studies abroad (2012-2013) and CONACYT-FUNDACIÓN INBA (2012-2013). She has taught workshops on movement research and playwriting in México, Serbia, Belarus and India.
Julio Mayer (Gaby, O Fantasma de Goncalves Dias) is a Brazilian actor and has 34 years. He joined the artistic world on 2014, performing in TV and other media's ads. He starred in several Brazilian motion pictures (Coração de Cowboy, Não s e Aceitam Devoluções, Galeria Futuro) and works as a audiotransciptor and with audiovisual dubbing being a Escola Palco Teatro former student.
Michelle Navarrete (Hemecta, Charismatic Megaflora; she/her/Chingona) is a Theatre Artist, both on and off the stage. Born and raised in SF and the Bay Area, she fell in love with performing and storytelling at an early age. From singing out to her Abuelitas favorite rancheras and belting out showtunes, she has always followed her fire within. After receiving her BFA in Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College, she continued her career in NYC performing and producing theatre. In the Bay Area, she has worked with TheatreFirst (Company Collective Member), Cal Shakes, Custom Made Theatre, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Impact Theatre, Faultline Theatre, Theatre Cultura, to name a few. She is also a proud member of Latinx Mafia (latinxmafia.com). As a performer, Educator and activist, she has made theatre and the performing arts part of her life and part of her message.
Leticia Navarro (Gaby, O Fantasma de Goncalves Dias) is 21 years old and living in São Paulo. She is currently a graduate student in the "Radio, Tv and Internet" course for Anhembi Morumbi. She entered the theater at 6 years old, taking theater, TV courses and workshops, having as first shows, “Teatro de Revista” and “A casa de Bernarda Alba”. In 2018 she had contact with musical theater with classes in the technical course at the musical theater school “4Act Performing Arts” and in view of her latest work the play “Beauty and the Beast”.
Thiago Neves (writer, Monetofágicos) é ator formado pela Escola Superior de Artes Célia Helena, onde fez Pós-Graduação em Corpo, em Interpretação e em Arte e Educação. Fez teatro desde os seis anos de idade na Casa do Teatro, onde mais tarde trabalhou como assistente e professor. Trabalhou como assistente de produção na Virada Cultural, em São Paulo, e também como assistente de cenotécnico, além de ter operado a iluminação de um espetáculo com a Cia. Elevador. Como ator fez espetáculos em São Paulo dirigidos por Rafael Masini e Nelson Baskerville, além de ter feito participações como locutor e atuado em curta-metragens, sendo o mais recente o filme intitulado “Irmãos”, criado em parceria com Marcela Arce durante a pandemia. Em 2020 teve sua estreia como dramaturgo no Festival do Minuto do Grupo Parlapatões. Seu mais recente trabalho foi a colaboração na co-direção do filme “Life In a Day 2020”.
Thiago Neves (writer, Monetofágicos) is an actor who graduated from the Escola Superior de Artes Célia Helena, where he did a Post-Graduate in Body, Interpretation, and Art and Education. He has done theater since he was six years old at Casa do Teatro, where he later worked as an assistant and teacher. He worked as a production assistant at Virada Cultural, in São Paulo, and also as a scenotechnical assistant, in addition to operating the lighting of a show with Cia. Elevador. As an actor, he has done shows in São Paulo directed by Rafael Masini and Nelson Baskerville, in addition to making appearances as an announcer and acting in short films, the most recent being the film entitled “Irmãos”, created in partnership with Marcela Arce during the pandemic. In 2020 he had his debut as a playwright at the Minute Festival of the Parlapatões Group. His most recent work was collaborating in the co-direction of the film “Life In a Day 2020”.
Shubhra Prakash (design/tech) is an artist whose work lies at the intersection of film, theatre and tech. Shubhra has served as co-producer and voiceover artist for Priya’s Shakti. She most recently co-wrote, produced and acted in an original play The Music In My Blood about Indian classical music that was seen by over a thousand audience members in the New York City area and the east coast. She has co-founded the award-winning NYC based Hypokrit Theatre Company. She served as festival director of the company's South Asian International Performing Arts Festival in its inaugural year 2015. Previously, she wrote and directed short films including Three Dates, part of New York Indian Film Festival 2013 and Funny Faces, about women in standup comedy. Her interactive short CAST ME! a "choose your own adventure" style film/game was part of The Challenge of Diversity competition by Interlude, Games for Change and Tribeca Film Festival. Shubhra has been part of TFI Interactive Immigration Co/Lab in 2017 where she and her team created COYOTEK a multimedia-interactive project that works as a speculative web market where immigrants can find tools to bypass the oppressive forms of surveillance put upon them. In December 2018, Shubhra relocated to India to develop her next play inspired by the life of Rajeev Prakash Khare, a font designer and calligrapher of Indian scripts. As a result of this research, she presented a digital art exhibition in New Delhi at Kaleidoscope Digital Art gallery, "Fontwala: Stone to Mobile, what remains?" which shows the evolution of Indian Devnagri script and questions how digital media impacts the journey of a complex script. The exhibition received a special segment on the Indian national TV channel and was covered by prominent press. Shubhra shot, edited, animated and produced the exhibition in collaboration with Rajeev Prakash Khare that ran for three weeks in Aug 2019. More info about this can be found at https://sprakash.github.io/portfolio/fontwala.html
Melanie Queponds (director, The Biohazardous Wasteland) is a Latina director and dramaturg from Riverside, California. She graduated with her BA in Theatre and English at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) in 2017, and earned her MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University in 2020. Melanie is former Producer and Director of the UCR Latinx Play Project. She is dedicated to culturally responsive theatre as well as new play development with Latinx playwrights. Melanie has directed at A Red Orchid Theatre (Chicago), Renaissance Theatre Works (Milwaukee), Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble (Santa Ana, CA), and Teatro Frida Kahlo (LA). She has also worked as a dramaturg at Teatro Leyden (Chicago) and Pork-Filled Productions (Seattle), as well as with several playwrights as a dramaturg developing their new plays. She will soon be one of the assistant directors on the Goodman Theatre's production of American Mariachi by Jose Cruz Gonzalez when it is safe to gather and create theatre in person again.www.melanieclaireq.com
Adryana Ryal (writer/director, Casca Raiz Origem e Tempo) is a Brazilian actress and director of Cia. Teatrando and Mostra Inventa Incena de Artes Cênicas. She is a playwright, writer and poet, and an unconditional art lover.
Gerardo Scherman (Tomas, La ciudad de los arroyos invisibles) es actor. Se formó como tal principalmente con los maestros Agustín Alezzo y Julio Chavez, teniendo además pasos por los talleres de Ricardo Bartis, Andrea Garrote y Norma Angeleri entre otros. Además perfeccionó su técnica de actuación frente a cámara con Manuel Vicente y de acento neutro con Néstor Zacco. En Teatro participó de más de 15 obras teatrales entre las que pueden destacarse “Ricardo III” de Shakespeare con dirección de Agustín Alezzo en el Teatro General San Martín, “La Isla Desierta” de Roberto Arlt con dirección de Norma Montenegro, “El Pan de la Locura” de Carlos Gorostiza con dirección de Julio Ordano y “Brotherhood” escrita y dirigida por Anahí Ribeiro. En Televisión fue parte de numerosas ficciones entre las que pueden citarse “Bella & Bestia”, “Los Únicos”, “Aliados”, “Farsantes”, “Señores Papis”, “Guapas”, “Silencios de familia”, “Jardín de bronce”, “Sandro de América”, “Mi hermano es un clon” y “Atrapa a un ladrón”. En Cine integró los elencos de “Anita” de Marcos Carnevale, “Rouge amargo” de Gustavo Cova, “La danza de la lluvia” de Lucas Parachu, “Yo la quería” de Pablo Padilla y “Astrogauchos” de Matías Szulanski. Filmó cerca de 90 comerciales para Argentina y el exterior. IG: @gerardoscherman
Sol Schiller (writer/director, Acuario) Después de estudiar teatro y actuar en el exterior, Sol Schiller se enamoró del aspecto fotográfico del teatro y del cine. No tardó en sentir atracción por la música y las escenas del cotidiano , creadas por gente común y fusionarlas con su encanto por la naturaleza se tornaron importantes temas en sus creaciones. Después de ver y comprender el poder de las imágenes para retratar realidades ocultas y cambiar vidas, éstas se tornaron su mensaje y su tentativa personal de crear un mundo más amable, justo y comprensivo. IG: @sol.chiller
Sol Schiller (writer/director, Acuario) fell in love with the photographic aspect of theater and cinema after studying theater and acting abroad. It did not take long for her to be attracted to music and everyday scenes, created by ordinary people, and merging them with her charm by nature became important themes in her creations. After seeing and understanding the power of images to portray hidden realities and change lives, they became her message and her personal attempt to create a more kind, just and understanding world. IG: @ sol.chiller
Gloria Garcia Stanley (writer and performer, Mi Casa/La Llorona) is a San Jose native and has returned to the theater after being a cabaret singer in Nevada for 30 years. In 2014 she switched to acting, and appeared on stage in productions of, "In The Heights," "Roosters,", "The Vagina Monologues," and "The Circuit" among others. In 2019 she appeared in the American Zoetrope film, “Love is Love is Love,” written and directed by Eleanor Coppola. This film was featured in the Tribeca Film Festival, 2020. She is a member of the Raramuri or Tarahumara tribe of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Frida TovarVelazquez (writer,Y se hizo la luz!) is a writer based in Mexico City. She graduated from the School of Dramatic Literature and Theater at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She wrote the play "Huellas de Manglar" and the step outline of "Katsumi y el Dragón". She is currently a playwright in the company “Arrecife Teatro”, and in the “Global Science Opera” initiative, from Noruega. She writes for “La Juguera Magazine”, from Valparaíso, Chile, the newspaper “El Sol de México”, the program “Jocus Pocus” of Radio UNAM and the magazine “Este País”.
Gibran Valencia (director, Green Placenta) es creadora escénica multidisciplinaria. Licenciada en literatura dramática por la UNAM. Becaria FONCA, Residencia Artística 2007. Formó parte del seminario para dramaturgos Panorama Sur 2011, en Buenos Aires Argentina, Transdrama 2015, el Diplomado de Luz con el iluminador Víctor Zapatero en 2016, el Diplomado de coreografía danza y performance ¿Cómo encender un fósforo? en 2018. Experiencia como actriz, directora bailarina, escritora e iluminadora, sea en danza, teatro, performance coreográfico, ópera y conciertos de música varia. Integrante de la compañía de Danza Variaciones para sillitas conformada en 2019. Autora del libro de ciencia ficción para adolescentes Las criaturas del caos. Algunas piezas en las que ha participado y colaborado son: Nueva York versus el Zapotito (teatro), Dir, Arnaoud Charpentier, Secreto de estado (teatro) Telch Producciones, Karamazov Lnaya producciones, XXX No historia (teatro) Dir Claudia Cabrera, Gianni Schicchi (ópera) de fundación SIVAM, Mujer Barbuda (circo), Los músicos de José, Guille del Castillo (concierto), de Cerrojo Producciones, Fragmentos de un naufrago (danza) Dir. Agustina Suarez Adrover, Apuntes para una banda de viento con la Mixanteña de Santa Cecilia (recorrido musical coreográfico), Dir. de Katia Castañeda.
Rafael Duarte Oliveira Venancio (writer, O Fantasma de Gonçalves Dias; director, Monetofágicos; producing team member) is a Brazilian writer, playwright, university professor, journalist, cartoonist and filmmaker. He is PhD in Audiovisual Media and Processes, School of Communication and Arts, University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he also did a postdoctoral fellowship in Radio Fiction and Dramaturgy. He has several books published as an independent author and by traditional publishers in four languages. He has plays produced in three countries and in three languages. His most frequent themes are historical fiction and reimaginations, metadramaturgy, sports drama, and philosophical storytelling. He would like to special thank his wife Simone, his parents Duarte and Fátima, and his cats Sol, Juno, Pan and Kiron. Twitter and Facebook: @rdovenancio / Instagram: @rafaeldovenancio
Mariana Vily (writer, La ciudad de los arroyos invisibles; producing team member) es acrtiz, escritora y docente. Es egresada de Andamio 90’ en Buenos Aires y de The Stella Adler Studio en Nueva York. Le gusta desarrollar obras nuevas y combinar diferentes disciplinas artísticas. Durante su estadía en Nueva York, Mariana co-moderó y co-produjo Climate Talks: A Devised Theatre Workshop como parte de la acción teatral por el cambio climático del 2017. Su obra como dramaturga se presentó en Nuyorican Poets Cafe y el One-Minute Play Festival en asociación con Macalaster College en St.Paul, Minnesota. Escribió y actuó en el corto Gaining & Losing, que explora el impacto de la rehabilitación de trastornos alimentarios en las relaciones personales. La película se está preparando para su estreno en festivales. En la actualidad Mariana reside en Buenos Aires, Argentina. Agradece especialmente a Flavia Vitale y Carlos Bendayán. IG: @marianavily
Mariana Vily(writer, La ciudad de los arroyos invisibles; producing team member) is an Argentine actress, writer and teaching artist. She is a graduate of Andamio 90’ in Buenos Aires and The Stella Adler Studio in New York City. She enjoys developing new works and combining different art forms. While in New York, Mariana co-facilitated and co-produced Climate Talks: A Devised Theatre Workshop as part of the 2017 Climate Change Theatre Action. Her playwriting was presented by Nuyorican Poets Cafe and One-Minute Play Festival in partnership with Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She wrote and performed in the short film Gaining & Losing, which explores the impact of eating disorder recovery on relationships. The film is gearing up for a festival run. Mariana is currently based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She would like to extend a special thank you to Flavia Vitale and Carlos Bendayán. IG: @marianavily
Flavia Vitale (director, La ciudad de los arroyos invisibles) es actriz, directora, cantante y productora ejecutiva. Actualmente presenta GERSHWIN, el amor está aquí para quedarse en El Ópalo junto a Carlos Bendayán en piano y arreglos musicales. Nominación Premio Hugo 2020 como mejor espectáculo unipersonal. Seleccionado para el Festival Mundial de teatro de Mónaco 2021. Formada en ANDAMIO90 como actriz y directora. Como actriz: LA HERENCIA. /TREGUA PARA LA ORQUESTA / Teatro leído de SAGAI: EL PAN DE LA LOCURA / Radio teatro a la hora del Té. Ciclo MUJERES con HISTORIA. EL PELÍCANO. Festival MIRÍADAS / MADE IN LANUS , Espectáculo declarado de interés cultural por el Senado. Clásico Universal / Patagonia en Flor (El JARDIN DE LOS CEREZOS) / EL VIEJO CRIADO / LA IMPORTANCIA DE LLAMARSE ERNESTO, nominada al premio MARIA GUERRERO. Como directora: PORTER. LA ÚLTIMA PIEZA. LOS DESCUENTOS DE YOYO, y TE QUIERO SOS PERFECTO, CAMBIÁ. Producción teatral: EL DICCIONARIO, Pequeñas Infidelidades, LA MONJA JUDÍA, Pirandello: dos miradas sobre el engaño, GOD, PATOVA. Festival de teatro Clásico Universal (FTCU): Coordinadora de Producción. Nación / UN MARIDO IDEAL en el 1er Festival de Teatro. Flaviavitale.wixsite.com/flavia-vitale
Flavia Vitale (director, La ciudad de los arroyos invisibles) is an actress, director, singer, and executive producer. She is currently presenting GERSHWIN, love is here to stay at El Ópalo with Carlos Bendayán on piano and musical arrangements. Hugo 2020 Award nomination for best one-man show. Selected for the 2021 Monaco World Theater Festival. Trained in ANDAMIO90 as an actress and director. As an actress: LA HERENCIA. /TREGUA PARA LA ORQUESTA / Teatro leído de SAGAI: EL PAN DE LA LOCURA / Radio teatro a la hora del Té. Ciclo MUJERES con HISTORIA. EL PELÍCANO. MIRÍADAS / MADE IN LANUS Festival, show declared of cultural interest by the Senate. Clásico Universal / Patagonia en Flor (El JARDIN DE LOS CEREZOS) / EL VIEJO CRIADO / LA IMPORTANCIA DE LLAMARSE ERNESTO, nominated for the MARIA GUERRERO award. As director: PORTER. LA ÚLTIMA PIEZA. LOS DESCUENTOS DE YOYO, y TE QUIERO SOS PERFECTO, CAMBIÁ. Theater production: EL DICCIONARIO, Pequeñas Infidelidades, LA MONJA JUDÍA, Pirandello: dos miradas sobre el engaño, GOD, PATOVA. Festival de teatro Clásico Universal (FTCU): Production Coordinator. Nación / UN MARIDO IDEAL in the 1st Festival de Teatro. Flaviavitale.wixsite.com/flavia-vitale
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