A bit about me and why I am excited to be working with these magnificent artists and documenting this venture:
During the early 1990s, the City of Los Angeles funded a summer youth Theater Conservatory Program. I was fortunate enough to participate for two years, first at the Los Angeles Theater Center, then at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. It was my first experience working in theater outside of a school setting and in actual professional theaters. At the time, I didn't fully undertand what a rare opportunity was to be able to learn movement, performance and voice technique, playwriting, and mask work from such a rich and diverse group of professionals, all of whom were based in Los Angeles. Through working with the conservatory, I scored my first job in theater: a P.A. for Culture Clash's S.O.S.: Comedy for These Urgent Times. The piece was a response to the April 1992 Los Angeles Riots which erupted following the "not guilty" verdict of the four officers who nearly beat Rodney King to death. While working on that show, I saw a number of local musicians and theater artists quickly assemble to make a statement, to use the anger at an egregious injustice and create something out of that energy. As a high school student who had grown up in Lincoln Heights, Pico Rivera, Alhambra, and Pomona, I also saw that as a morenita growing up in Los Angeles, theater wasn't off limits to me the way that television and film seemed to be.
For the past 12 years, I've worked with various theater companies in Los Angeles. Through this work, I've continued to experience the value that individual companies provide to the communities that they serve. I've worked as an administrator, stage manager, writer, performer, house manager -I think I even ran lights and sound once – all in the service of doing my part to be a part of the arts dialogue in Los Angeles as a participant and supporter. I see it as my responsibility, as someone from Los Angeles, to take an active role in defining my metropolis however I can.