Rubén Amavizca-Murúa was born in the border town of Mexicali, Mexico, the son of a farm worker and a maquiladora seamstress. He studied at the National Fine Arts Institute School of Theatre Arts in Mexico City, and the Los Angeles City College Theatre Department. As an actor and a director, he had participated in over 300 productions and over 5,000 performances in Mexico and the USA. He started working with Grupo de Teatro SINERGIA in 1988, and in 1993 became its Artistic Director. In 1994, Rubén founded the FRIDA KAHLO Theatre, in the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles, in one of the most economically depressed areas of the city and transform the place into a vibrant community cultural center and one of the most prolific and active theaters in Los Angeles. As a playwright, he had written over a dozen plays. In 1993, before Fridamania arrived in the US, Rubén wrote and directed Frida Kahlo, A Self-Portrait of Pain, which became a huge critical and audience hit, since then the production has been staged yearly by Grupo de Teatro SINERGIA where the play continues to attract great audiences. Rubén also wrote and directed The Women of Juarez, based on the mass murders of women in the Mexican border town. The play won instant critical and audience acclaim and sparked a movement in support of the victims of this feminicide. The Women of Juarez was published in English in 2008 by Teatro Bravo. His plays have been produced in the US, Belgium, Latvia, Spain Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
Alex Angeles has appeared in 8 shows at the Frida Kahlo Theater. Previously seen in Family Portrait, Listen, I Killed Pancho Villa, Mexican History 101, Pastorela, Smash Cut and The Women of Juarez. Now working with Urban Theatre Movement, he is a member of their improv team Ivy League. He also has a few short credit films under his belt such as La Carretera, Hermana, and recently with Steven Bauer in Paloma.