COLLABORATORS

Cast

Jessica Peña Torres………………………………………………………………..Pari

Marina DeYoe-Pedraza……………..…………………………………………..Mari

Erica Patricia Saucedo…………………..…………………………………………Eri

Venese Alcantar………………….…………………………………………………Veni

David Cruz……………………..…………………………………………………….David

Jesús Valles………………………………………………………………………EMCEE

 

Production & Design

Jessica Peña Torres-Director/Choreographer
Claudia Varela-Dramaturg
Aly Redland-Stage Manager
Talía Lanz-Costume Designer
James Parker- Music Composer
Adriana A. Lara-Lighting Designer
Michael Bruner-Integrated Media Director/Videographer/Editor
Nina Chávez Góngora-Editor
José Save-Web designer & Developer
Jose Lozano-Videographer
Juan Leyva-Photographer
Khristian Méndez Aguirre-Poster Design

Jesus I. Valles

Jesus is a choreographer, performer, educator, and arts administrator. She is an MFA in Dance and Social Justice candidate at The University of Texas at Austin where she works between the fields of choreography and performance. She is interested in utilizing dance and performance as methods for accessing uncovered histories, stories, spiritualities and realities. She is currently working in Austin and New York, working in extensive collaboration with the Frank Wo/Men Collective, Angela’s Pulse and Indah Walsh Dance Company. Saucedo is an ARCOS Dance Artist Development Award grantee and a current participant in the Latino Artist Access Program at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center. Erica’s choreographic commissions include works for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center, First Street Studio, 92Y Street Festival, Danspace Project, Triskelion Arts, Austin Dance Festival, and the Actors Fund Center.
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Mari is an Ohio-Rican raised in the Rio Grande Valley. Marina graduated from Hofstra University with a BFA in Performance. Since college, Marina has lived in Austin for the past five years performing as an actor, dancer, and puppeteer. She is a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Glass Half Full Theatre, and Ballet East. Her performance in Las Aventuras de Enoughie earned her a B.Iden Payne for best actor in a Children’s Show.  She played Virginia in Trouble Puppet’s production of «American Blood Song» which was nominated for the B.Iden Payne award for best puppetry.

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Marina DeYoe-Pedraza

Venese Alcantar Medovich

Veni began her formal training at Colorado College’s Summer Intensive, as a Scholarship student. There she had the pleasure of working with renowned instructors, such as Rosangela Silvestre, Jan Erkert, Echo Gustafson and HIJACK. Venese danced with Pikes Peak Community College’s dance company, H.A.D.E., from 2010-2014. In 2012 she joined Ormao Dance company. Venese was an artist in residence with Pantera Dance in Russia, taught at the Kazan University of Culture and Art. In 2015 led Ormao’s Residency in beautiful Beulah Colorado. Venese has exhibited work at GOCA, Ohr- O’Keefe Museum, Millibo Art Theatre, and Colorado College’s Cossitt Hall.

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Eri is a choreographer, performer, educator, and arts administrator. She is an MFA in Dance and Social Justice candidate at The University of Texas at Austin where she works between the fields of choreography and performance. She is interested in utilizing dance and performance as methods for accessing uncovered histories, stories, spiritualities and realities. She is currently working in Austin and New York, working in extensive collaboration with the Frank Wo/Men Collective, Angela’s Pulse and Indah Walsh Dance Company. Saucedo is an ARCOS Dance Artist Development Award grantee and a current participant in the Latino Artist Access Program at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center. Erica’s choreographic commissions include works for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center, First Street Studio, 92Y Street Festival, Danspace Project, Triskelion Arts, Austin Dance Festival, and the Actors Fund Center.
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Erica Saucedo

David Cruz

David is a recent graduate of a dual B.F.A in Dance and B.S.A in Biology major at the University of Texas at Austin. He began his professional dance career in 2015. Since then, Cruz has received training from dance artists such as Charles O. Anderson, Gesel Mason, Naomi Perlov and Lyn C. Wiltshire. Recently, Cruz has worked with choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Ray Schwartz and Andee Scott in Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall For Dance (2019) and Transcendence (2019).

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Aly Redland (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of stage management and directing & playwriting at UT. Recent credits include Spring Awakening (Texas Theatre and Dance, 2019), Mamma Mia (The Point Theatre, 2019), The Women of ____ (a song not song) (Texas Theatre and Dance, 2019), Eugene Onegin (Butler Opera Center, 2019), The Merchant of Venice (Texas Theatre and Dance, 2018), The Who’s Tommy (City Theatre, 2018), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Summer Stock Austin, 2018), and Enron (Texas Theatre and Dance, 2018).

James Parker (Composer) is a composer based in Austin, TX. James’ work focuses on the relationship between the composer and performer, asking performers to improvise and interact with each other or an element of live electronics. His work questions the idea of authorship in classical music, and encourages advocacy for the performer. James’ work has been performed internationally at various festivals, conferences and showcases including the Navy Saxophone Symposium and the Cohen New Works Festival. He has been a fellow at Can Serrat, the Atlantic Center for the arts, and an ASCAP Fellow at the So Percussion Summer Institute.

Michael Bruner (Media Design) is a second year M.F.A. candidate in the UT Live Design program with a focus in Integrated Media. His work is focused on how design and storytelling can be integrated into diverse mediums to create immersive experiences which promote positive change. With a background in game development his work explores how real-time rendering and interactivity can enrich live experiences. Recent credits in Theatre and Dance include DRT 2019, 39 Inside and Everybody, in addition to a range of ongoing collaborations. 

Adriana Lara (Lighting Designer) is a recent graduate of Arts and Entertainment Technologies at The University of Texas. Her work is focused on Projection Lighting and Interactivity and is particularly interested in Mexican and Mexican-American design and stories and strives to convey them in an immersive and meaningful way. While at UT she worked at Texas Performing Arts as a lighting assistant for Texas Theatre and Dance and Butler School of Music performances. Recent credits include Creek Monster Habitat Exhibit (Creek Show, 2019) Esperanza (PLAI Lab, 2019) and Ears Eyes and Feet (Texas Theatre and Dance, 2018).

Talia Lanz (Costume Designer). Although she studied a B.A. in International Relations, which  allowed her to delve into various cultures, she confirmed that her real passion is fashion for everything that can be communicated through it. Fashion is a reflection of what happens in society, since it registers changes and marks the times. Restless and eager for knowledge of the world, she worked in the diplomatic world as an assistant for the Mexican Ambassador in Hong Kong and worked in the refugee camps in Palestine. However, Talía realized that she could do more for her country and its people by building a company in which she could employ artisans and rescue Mexico’s cultural heritage. In addition to holding a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana, one of the most distinguished universities in Mexico, Talía earned a Fashion Marketing diploma also from the Universidad Iberoamericana, which she studied under the mentorship of Lydia Lavín, world-renowned designer and entrepreneur. Talía also studied Fashion Business and received a Fashion Marketing Diploma. Throughout her life, Talía has had the opportunity to reside in places like Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America, so she has incorporated what these cultures have transmitted to her creative designs.
Originally from Mexico City, she is incredibly proud of her roots, her traditions, and her people. This interest has led her to develop collaborations with various communities in Mexico, many of which still continue to materialize Talía’s designs. Through her efforts, Talia Lanz currently manufactures her pieces in three workshops in Mexico City where more than 18 artisans work who receive fair pay for their time and talent. Talía considers herself an intense designer with overwhelming feelings and unwavering determination and passion. Talía has participated five times in the Mercedes Benz-Fashion Week in Mexico City as a guest artist and has collaborated on multiple occasions with various photographers, models, artists, and designers, for which she has been recognized in fashion magazines such as VOGUE México, VOGUE Italia, HOTBOOK, GLAMOUR, ELLE among others. Talía is currently the designer and CEO of Talia Lanz Accesorios.

Claudia Varela (Dramaturg) was born and raised in Reynosa, Mexico, where she danced with Academia de Danza La Scala and Casa de la Cultura de Reynosa. She graduated Cum Laude from UC San Diego with a Dance B.A. and a Bioengineering B.S. Varela believes that dance is a powerful way to protest and advocate for social justice, and in her choreographic work, she has explored issues such as the drug violence affecting her hometown and the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa. Currently, Claudia is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and is a company member of the Boston-based dance company, Danza Orgánica.

Nina Chávez Góngora (Editor) grew up in different cities in Mexico and moved to Southern Texas at the age of 18 to attend college. After working as a crew member on several shorts at school, Nina directed and edited Azul Pastel (2015), a short film that gave her the opportunity to compete in different film festivals around the globe. Nina graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Communication: Theater, TV and Film. Upon graduation, Nina moved to Czechia to be part of the Prague Film School, where she produced, wrote, edited, directed and did camera work for multiple films. Nina won the award for best director of his whole class with her thesis project Exit Music (2016).
After graduating, Nina returned to Mexico, where she worked as an assistant on the Netflix series, Narcos: México. After the completion of the first season, Nina moved to England to study her Masters in Screenwriting at The London Film School, an intensive one-year programme that helped her develop her voice as a writer. She wrote her feature script, The Hedgehog’s Dilemma, about an upper-class mother that struggles to maintain a veneer of perfection in her family life, when she discovers her son sexually abused his younger sister. Thanks to her script, she graduated with distinction.
Nina travelled the world for a few months and then returned to Mexico City where she had the opportunity to work in another Netflix series, Monarca –although, it was postponed due to the pandemic. Her main career goal is to direct her first feature film (Opera Prima).

Special thanks
Dr. Rebecca Rossen
Robert Ramirez, Clarissa Smith-Hernández and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
Bonnie Cullum and THE VORTEX
Familia Peña Torres
Latinx Theatre Initiative at UT Austin
City of Austin: Cultural Arts
Events Coospnsorship Board
Latino Studies at UT Austin
College of Fine Arts Diversity Committee
University of Texas – Department of Theatre & Dance