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Arrabal

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Book by John Weidman
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla / Bajofondo
Choreographed by Julio Zurita

Directed and co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo

A new tango-infused dance theater piece, Arrabal follows one woman’s quest to understand the violence that took her father and disrupted a nation. Told through dance and propulsive music, the show features an ensemble and band, Orquesta Bajofonderos, direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Directed and co-choreographed by Tony Award nominee Sergio Trujillo (choreography, Invisible Thread, Memphis, Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!, Next To Normal) with music by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) and book by Tony Award nominee John Weidman (Contact, Assassins) Arrabal invites audiences into the underground world of Buenos Aires’ tango clubs for a dance between the present and the past.
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Un nueva pieza de danza teatral contada por tango, Arrabal cuenta la historia de una mujer buscando entender la violencia que le arrebató a su padre y perturbó su nación. Contado completamente mediante baile y la música de la banda Bajofondo, el show presenta a un ensamble y una banda que vienen directamente de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dirigido y co-coreografiado por Sergio Trujillo (coreografía, Invisible Thread, Memphis, Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!, Next To Normal), con música compuesta por el ganador del premio de la Academia, Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries), y escrita por el nominado al Tony, John Weidman (Contact, Assassins), Arrabal invita al publico a un baile entre el presente y el pasado en el exótico mundo de las milongas de Buenos Aires.

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Need to know

Performance will include a preshow mini tango lesson for audiences on a first come, first serve basis.

Please note: The play contains haze; flashing lights; simulated smoking, sex, and torture; and loud noises, including gunshots.

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Click here to read “A Tango with the Past,” Arrabal writer John Weidman’s account of his connection to Argentina’s history through music and dance.

Click here to read “There Is No Audience,” an interview with Arrabal’s band, Orquesta Bajofonderos.

Click here to learn about our tango concert with Orquesta Bajofonderos in Boston’s South End on May 22, 2017.

Click here to access the Arrabal Toolkit, complete with articles, videos, and music providing further insight into the history, creative team, music, and dance inspiring the production.

Click here to read the show’s program.

For more information about Arrabal, click here to read the A.R.T. Guide.

Notable dates

ASL Dates

Arrabal is a dance/theater piece with English surtitles. There will be no designated Open Captioned or ASL interpreted performances.

Audio Described Dates

Arrabal is a dance/theater piece with English surtitles. There will be no designated Audio Described performances.

Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grades 8 and up.
The expressive, movement-based storytelling of Arrabal will provide prepared and mature students an engaging introduction to the genre of modern tango music and dance. This coming-of-age story engages with deep, political themes drawn from Argentinean history and culture. The play contains moments of stylized violence and sexuality that may not be appropriate for students under the age of 13.

Discussions

Post-performance discussions will follow matinee performances on Saturday, May 20 (2PM); Wednesday, May 24 (11AM); and Saturday, May 27 (2PM).

Produced in association with Truworthy Productions.

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Credits

Creative team

Director/Co-Choreographer

Sergio Trujillo

Director/Co-Choreographer

Sergio Trujillo

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: A Bronx Tale, On Your Feet! (Tony Award Nominee, Outer Critics Circle/Astaire Awards), Memphis (Tony Award Best Musical, Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), Jersey Boys (Best Musical Tony Award, OCC/Greenroom/Dora/Drama Desk nominations), Addams Family, Next to Normal, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), Leap of Faith (Drama Desk nomination), Guys and Dolls (Astaire Awards nomination), All Shook Up. Other theater: Invisible Thread, 2econd Stage; Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Musical (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Olney Theatre; Freaky Friday, Signature; Flashdance, National Tour; The Wiz, La Jolla Playhouse. International work includes Tarzan, Disney; Peggy Sue Got Married, West End; The Sound of Music and West Side Story, Stratford Festival. Upcoming: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, La Jolla Playhouse; Ain’t Too Proud—The Temptations, Berkeley Rep.

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Co-conceiver/Music

Gustavo Santaolalla

Co-conceiver/Music

Gustavo Santaolalla

A.R.T.: Debut. Gustavo Santaolalla is a singer, composer, producer, guitarist, and entrepreneur. He began his music career at age 16 with the band Acro Iris. He formed the band Wet Picnic in the late 1970’s and began a solo career that includes five albums: Santaolalla (1982), G.A.S (1995), Ronroco (1998), Camino (2014), and Qhapaq ñan (2015). The inclusion of one of the songs from Ronroco in the soundtrack of The Insider was the first step in his career as a soundtrack composer. Gustavo has composed scores for such iconic films as Amores Perros, 21 Grams, The Motorcycle Diaries, Brokeback Mountain, Babel, and On The Road. His scores for Brokeback Mountain and Babel won Oscars for Best Original Score. In 2015, he composed original music for the popular TV show “Jane The Virgin” and the controversial “Making a Murderer.” In 2002, Gustavo combined his talents as producer, performer and composer and formed the electro-rock tango collective Bajofondo. Gustavo has won additional awards including two BAFTAs, a Golden Globe Award, two Grammy Awards, and 14 Latin Grammy Awards.

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Music

Bajofondo

Music

Bajofondo

Bajofondo was conceived in 2002 when Gustavo Santaolalla and Juan Campodónico had the idea of bringing together a collective of Argentine and Uruguayan artists dedicated to creating “contemporary music of the Río de la Plata,” the river that separates – and unites – Argentina and Uruguay. Although Bajofondo is credited with pioneering the style of music known as “electrotango,” seven albums and 10 years of multiple tours later, this collective of artists have evolved into a band that creates a stirring mix of tango, milonga, rock, hip hop, electronica, jazz and classical that converge into their truly hard to describe unique sound and style. Bajofondo has toured all over the world, performing at the biggest and most diverse music festivals and venues in the world: Coachella and Lincoln Center in the U.S., Roskilde in Denmark, WOMAD, the Barbican Centre and the Roundhouse in England, Cactus Festival in Belgium, Pirineos Sur Festival In Spain, Pohoda in Slovakia, World Music Festival in South Korea, and many more worldwide. Bajofondo has won five Latin Grammys and two Premio Gardel Awards, Argentina’s most prestigious music award. The band is currently in the studio recording their new album for SONY Music to be released early 2018.

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Book

John Weidman

A.R.T.: Debut. John Weidman has written the books for a wide variety of musicals, among them Pacific Overtures (Tony nomination, Best Book), Assassins (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), and Road Show, all with scores by Stephen Sondheim; Contact (Tony nomination, Best Book; Tony Award, Best Musical), co-created with director/choreographer Susan Stroman; Happiness, score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; Take Flight and Big (Tony nomination, Best Book), scores by Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire; America’s Sweetheart, score by Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman, and the new book, co-authored with Timothy Crouse, for the Lincoln Center Theater/Roundabout Theatre/National Theatre revivals of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (Tony Awards, Best Musical Revival; Olivier Award, Best Musical Production). In addition to Arrabal, Weidman is currently collaborating on a new musical with Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal. From 1999 to 2009, he served as President of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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Choreographer

Julio Zurita

Choreographer

Julio Zurita

A.R.T.: Debut. Julio Zurita has choreographed productions including Brecht’s Happy End, Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, Aida, Colón Theatre; Fever, Festival Tango, The Romance of Romeo and Juliet, Ni un rastrito de sangre, Dream of Tango, Tango Barcelona, Tango of the Angel. Film: The Invention of Morel, Cirtango, Tangos of Love Lost, Animal Porteño, Evita, Broadway Nights, Peso Medio, Bajofondo Tango Club, and many commercials for Europe and America.

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Scenic Design

Riccardo Hernandez

Scenic Design

Riccardo Hernandez

A.R.T.: Over twenty productions, including most recently, Jagged Little PillThe White Card, Arrabal, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Prometheus Bound, Best of Both Worlds, The Seagull, Julius Caesar, Britannicus, and Marat/Sade. Broadway: Indecent, The Gin Game; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; The People in the Picture; Caroline, or Change, National Theatre London; Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Old Vic; Topdog/Underdog, Royal Court; Bells Are Ringing; Parade (directed by Hal Prince, Tony, Drama Desk nominations); Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, The Tempest. Recent productions include: The Skin of Our Teeth, TFANA; The Invisible Hand (Henry Hewes Design Award); Red Speedo (Drama Desk Nomination); Grounded (directed by Julie Taymor). International: Théâtre du Châtelet, Avignon (Cour d’honneur Palais des Papes); Oslo, National Theatre; Abbey Theatre. Recipient, Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design. Hernandez is on the faculty at Yale School of Drama.

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Costume Designer

Clint Ramos

Costume Designer

Clint Ramos

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTEArrabal, Endgame, Donnie Darko, The Onion Cellar. Broadway: Violet, The Elephant Man (also West End), Eclipsed (Tony Award), In Transit, Sunday in the Park With George, Six Degrees of Separation. Awards: Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, three Lucille Lortel Awards, two ATW Henry Hewes Awards, and the TDF Irene Sharraf Award. His work includes over 100 national and international credits including Here Lies Love, Joan of Arc, Sweet Charity, and Frozen at Disneyland’s Hyperion. @clintramos

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Lighting Design

Vincent Colbert

Lighting Design

Vincent Colbert

A.R.T.: Debut. He carries out projects of all sizes for the most influential local and international artists and producers in fields as varied as the stage, television, motion pictures, expositions, and festivals. TV/Film credits include: “Master Chef Canada,” “Canadian Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” (for which he has repeatedly collaborated with Sergio Trujillo). He also designed lighting for the last two Arrabal productions, in Toronto and Bogotá. Awards: five Gemini/Gémeaux Awards nominations and a Television Screen Awards nomination for Best Lighting Design/Photography.

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Sound Designer

Peter McBoyle

Sound Designer

Peter McBoyle

A.R.T.: Debut. He has had the privilege of working with artists including Christopher Plummer, Twyla Tharp, Des McAnuf, Gary Grifn, Sergio Trujillo, and Staford Arima. He lives in Stratford, Canada where he has designed over 70 productions at the renowned Stratford Festival. Notable credits elsewhere include Come Fly Away, Barrymore, Broadway; Sinatra: Dance With Me, Las Vegas; Sister Act, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, Legally Blonde, US Tours.

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Projection Design

Peter Nigrini

Projection Design

Peter Nigrini

A.R.T.: Witness Uganda. Broadway: A Doll’s House, Part 2; Amélie; Dear Evan Hansen; An Act of God; The Heidi Chronicles; The Best Man; Fela!; 9 to 5. Other theater: Grounded, Here Lies Love, Public Theater; Wakey, Wakey, Signature; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, 2econd Stage; Notes from Underground, Yale Rep; The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Rent, New World Stages; Real Enemies, BAM Next Wave Festival; Blind Date, Bill T. Jones; No Dice, Life & Times (Burgtheater, Vienna), Nature Theater of Oklahoma. Upcoming: Lucia di Lammermoor, Santa Fe Opera; The SpongeBob Musical, Broadway 2017/18.

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Sound Consultant

Rodrigo Merolla

Sound Consultant

Rodrigo Merolla

A.R.T.: Debut. Rodrigo is an Argentine sound engineer specializing in music and audiovisual production with 18 years of experience. He graduated as a piano teacher (1988-1998), with courses in professional image and sound design, from the University of Buenos Aires, and earned a postgraduate degree in audio engineering from the University of Engineering, Buenos Aires (2000). Between 2001 and 2010, he divided his professional work between Argentina and Spain, working on projects with directors including Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Roland Jofé, Alejandro Agresti, Lucía Puenzo, and Luís Ortego. Since 2014, he has collaborated with Gustavo Santaolalla as a live sound mixer on a range of projects, and as a sound designer for various audiovisual productions.

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Producer

Truworthy Productions

Truworthy Productions is a New York based production company, run by Sergio Trujillo and Jack Noseworthy, creating and developing new material for theatre, film, and television. Truworthy was the commercial producer of Peter & I by Matte O’Brien and Matt Vinson, and are currently developing two new musicals for the stage. Truworthy’s production of Arrabal was the gala opening night show at the Bi-Annual Ibero American Theatre Festival in Bogota, Colombia in March of 2016. @TruworthyProd

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Video Director

Pix Talarico

Cast

Berta

Valeria Celurso

A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: Arrabal (Dancer), Toronto, Bogotá; Les Noces de l’Enfant Roi (Governess), Paris; Victor/Victoria (Dancer, Singer); Caravan: The Jazz Musical. Dance: A Jazz Happening (Dancer, Singer), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Pies Desnudos (company member); Boulevard Tango. Tours: Conjuro Tango, China; Tango (de burdel, salón, y calle), Europe; Tango Macho, Italy; Film: Ricky Martin’s Frío (Dancer); Tita (Showgirl).

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Nicole

Soledad Buss

Nicole

Soledad Buss

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango, Walter Kerr Theatre, US and Latin American tours. Theater: Arrabal (Nicole), Toronto. Dance: Rascasuelos’ Tangos Vivos, Carnegie Hall; Rojo Tango, Faena Hotel; Che Tango Che (Choreographer), Teatro Premier; Madero Tango; Señor Tango. Tours: Hernán Piquin’s Pasión Tango, Argentina; Cecilia Figaredo’s Boulevard Tango, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina; Tanguera, Greece; Conjuro Tango, China; Tango (de burdel, salón, y calle); Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino, Argentina, Europe; Tango Buenos Aires, US.

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Abuela

Marianella Massarotti

A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: Tanguera (leading singer), World Tour; The Coming Flood (leading singer, actress, and dancer), The Violinist on the Roof (singer), Teatro El Nacional; They Are Playing Our Song, Teatro Astral; Saturday Night Live, Teatro Broadway; Zorba the Greek (Coreuta). Awards: OTI Festival, Argentina; OTI Festival, Mexico; Yamaha Festival, Japan. TV: “Mesa de Noticias” (actress and singer). 

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El Puma

Carlos Rivarola

El Puma

Carlos Rivarola

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Tango Argentino, Mark Hellinger Theatre, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. Dance: Rivarola has performed alongside legendary tango figures Mariano Mores, Hugo del Carril, Roberto Goyeneche, Armando Pontier, Carlos Acuña, Roberto Rufino, Alberto Castillo, Roberto Grela, Juan Carlos Copes, Elvira and Virulazo, Sexteto Tango, Sexteto Mayor, Leopoldo Federico, Beba Bidart, Virginia Luque, and Homero Esposito. Film: Tango Bar, Naked Tango, Tango (1999 American Choreography Award). Awards: Argentine National Arts Foundation Artistic Achievement Award (2006), International Dance Council-UNESCO Award (2008), Conseja Argentino de la Danza Award (2010), Member of the Academia Nacional del Tango.

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El Duende

Mario Rizzo

El Duende

Mario Rizzo

A.R.T.: Debut. Dance: World Tango Championship (Guest Artist); various milongas, Buenos Aires. Tours: Plan B, Europe; various contemporary Argentinian electronic and tango bands. Rizzo has created a unique personal style combining the best of street dancing and tango.

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Arrabal

Micaela Spina

Arrabal

Micaela Spina

A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: Arrabal, Toronto, Bogotá; Chantecler Tango, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. Dance: Rascasuelos’ Tangos Vivos (Dancer & Choreographer), Carnegie Hall, Perelman Stage; Madero Tango, Buenos Aires; Compañia Tempotango; Hernán Piquín’s Let It Be (soloist); Boulevard Tango; Tacoteco; Cuatro Noches. Tours: Mora Godoy’s Tango Company, Europe, China, Russia, South America. Opera: Parsifal, Teatro Colón. Training: ISA Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires (Ballet).

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Juan/Dance Captain

Juan Cupini

Juan/Dance Captain

Juan Cupini

A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: Arrabal, Toronto, Bogotá. Dance: Donde el tango vive (Principal); Magia (Principal); Volver (Principal); Madero Tango (Principal), Buenos Aires; Takaraska's Argentango, Japan. Tours: various tango companies, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, New Zealand, Japan. Compañía Lado, Siego y Video, Bajofondo Tango Club.

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Rodolfo

Julio Zurita

Rodolfo

Julio Zurita

A.R.T.: Debut. Julio Zurita has choreographed productions including Brecht’s Happy End, Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, Aida, Colón Theatre; Fever, Festival Tango, The Romance of Romeo and Juliet, Ni un rastrito de sangre, Dream of Tango, Tango Barcelona, Tango of the Angel. Film: The Invention of Morel, Cirtango, Tangos of Love Lost, Animal Porteño, Evita, Broadway Nights, Peso Medio, Bajofondo Tango Club, and many commercials for Europe and America.

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Ensemble

Florencia Beltramo, Nicolas Cobos, Paola Jean Jean, José Lugones, Analia Morales, Leonardo Pankow, Cesar Peral, Gabriel Ponce, Marcela Vespasiano

Ensemble

Florencia Beltramo, Nicolas Cobos, Paola Jean Jean, José Lugones, Analia Morales, Leonardo Pankow, Cesar Peral, Gabriel Ponce, Marcela Vespasiano

Swings

Teresa Garcia, John Hernan Raigoza

Swings

Teresa Garcia, John Hernan Raigoza

Band

Bandoneon

Patricio "Tripa" Bonfiglio

A.R.T.: Debut. Music: Fernando Foerrp, Astillero, La Chicana. Working on two parallel projects as the musical director, bandleader composer arranger and bandoneonist, Patricio is currently travelling the world with La Orquestra Rascacielos and with Rascasuelos (Tangos Vivos album tour), which has played at Carnegie Hall, NYC.

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Guitar/Vocals

Luciano Coniglio

Guitar/Vocals

Luciano Coniglio

A.R.T.: Debut. He became a guitarist, singer, and composer after listening to The Beatles' album HELP, which he finds gives meaning to youth and music as a way of life. He has worked in a variety of genres, including rock.

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Violinist

Julio Dominguez

Violinist

Julio Dominguez

A.R.T.: Debut. Music: First Violinist, Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires; Member, Gianneo String Quartet (which has toured to the major Chamber festivals in the world spreading Argentine music). Awards: Argentine Society of Music Critics Prize (three times, with Gianneo). Training: violin and viola at the Menuhin Academy (London, Switzerland) and in the Reina Sofia School in Madrid.

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Music Director/Pianist

Alejandro Kauderer

Music Director/Pianist

Alejandro Kauderer

A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: Arrabal (Music director since 2011); Música para una demolición (creator), Las Viajantes, Presidio. Film/TV: Más que Hermanos; Vaimbora; Alias Yineth; “Jungle Nest,” Disney; “Cumbia Ninja,” “Familia en Venta,” FOX; “El hombre de tu vida” (dir. Academy Award winner Juan Campanella); High School Musical (Argentinian and Mexican versions). Education: Diploma in Jazz Composition, Berklee College of Music, Boston.

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Double Bass/Ronroco

Pablo Martín

Double Bass/Ronroco

Pablo Martín

A.R.T.: Debut. Music: Founding member, La 154 (the tango/punk pioneering band with which he has been touring and recording for five years); Bass Player, Juan Rafo (the Grammy Award nominee and Konex Award-winning composer with whom he toured, played, and recorded for seven years). Martin has played at Cosquín (Argentina’s most important folk music festival) twice, and he has composed the music for several independent theater plays. Training, Berklee College of Music, Argentina.

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Additional staff

Stage Manager

Katie Ailinger

Stage Manager

Katie Ailinger

A.R.T.: Trans Scripts, Part I: The WomenThe Plough and the Stars, In the Body of the World, Nice Fish, The Tempest, The Lily’s Revenge, The Donkey Show, Woody Sez, Futurity: A Musical By The Lisps, Ajax. Off-Broadway: Nice Fish, St. Ann’s Warehouse; Nixon’s Nixon, Fresh Play Festival, MCC Theater; Trial by Water, I Land, Ma-Yi Theatre. Boston area: Choice, The Second Girl, Cry of the Reed, Streamers, Huntington Theatre Company; Other Desert Cities, RED, The Divine Sister, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, SpeakEasy Stage Company; God’s Ear, Pericles, Henry VIII, Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Additional credits include Center Theatre Group, Theatre @ Boston Court, Milwaukee Rep, Trinity Rep, and WGBH’s annual concert A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. BFA: University of Southern California (Stage Management). Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

 

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Assistant Director

Emilia Lirman, Krysta Hibbard

Assistant Stage Manager

Alfredo Macias

Assistant Stage Manager

Alfredo Macias

A.R.T.: SIXEndlings, Arrabal. Broadway: The Play That Goes Wrong. Off-Broadway: The Winter’s Tale, The Odyssey, Twelfth Night, Public Theater; F*cking A, Signature Theatre; An Ordinary Muslim, NYTW; Nice Fish, St. Ann’s Warehouse; Fade, Primary Stages; 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, Maximum Entertainment; Ivy and Bean the Musical, Atlantic, National Tour; Mad Libs Live!, New World Stages. New York: Island, Pericles, New York Shakespeare Exchange. Regional: Miss You Like Hell, La Jolla Playhouse. Born For This, ArtsEmerson. Film: The Sonnet Project, Recursion (short film).

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Fight Director

Jason Tate

Associate Scenic Designer

Taísa Malouf

Associate Costume Designer

Christopher Vergara

Assistant Lighting Designer

Ali Witten

Associate Sound Designer

Drew Levy

Associate Projection Designer

Daniel Vatsky

Projection Programmer

Seághan McKay

Additional Casting

Cesar Rocha, CSA; Telsey + Co

A.R.T. Institute Dramaturg

Jen Worster

Production Assistants

Julia Belanoff, Joseph Juknievich