Raising the Curtain on Latinx Theater in L.A.: A Conversation at the Geffen Playhouse

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Gil Cates Theater

Moderated by Oscar Garza, producer of KPCC’s “The Frame” 

Please join us for a panel discussion exploring the rich legacy of Latinx theater in Los Angeles. Moderated by Oscar Garza (producer, KPCC’s The Frame) and featuring artists on the front lines of Latinx theater, the discussion is presented in conjunction with the world premiere of José Rivera’s new play, The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona, now on stage through October 7.

Saturday, October 6 at 5:15pm
The panel is free and open to the public.
Immediately following the 3:00pm matinee performance of The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona

Please RSVP by Friday, October 5 to attend this free-to-the-public event.

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Saturday, October 6 at 5:15pm
The panel is free and open to the public.
Immediately following the 3:00pm matinee performance of The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona

Please RSVP by Friday, October 5 to attend this free-to-the-public event.
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Meet The Artists

OSCAR GARZA (Moderator)
Oscar Garza is senior producer of The Frame, a daily arts and entertainment program at KPCC (NPR) in Los Angeles. He was the founding editor-in-chief of Tu Ciudad, an English-language magazine about Latino life and culture in Southern California. He also held several senior editor positions at the Los Angeles Times, including deputy editor of the Sunday Magazine, editor of the Daily Calendar section, and arts editor.

SYLVIA BLUSH (Panelist)
Sylvia Blush is a Mexican-American theater artist from Bell Gardens, CA and a first-generation master’s candidate at UCLA. Her artistic journey began as a dancer, doubled as an actor, and she now uses those two passions to inform her creative visions as a director. With the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she has directed a staged reading of The Refugee Hotel by Carmen Aguirre for the Latinx Play Project and was assistant director to Marcela Lorca on The Count of Monte Cristo. As a Mellon Fellow, she served her residency during the 2014 Encuentro Festival at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. She was an assistant director and choreographer on El Largo Camino de Hoy/The Long Road Today, a play inspired by and for the residents of Santa Ana for South Coast Repertory. In 2017, she spearheaded the Latinx Theater Comunión at UCLA, a student run organization exploring the works by classical and contemporary Latinx writers. Directing credits include: Tanya Saracho’s Mala Hierba, Electricidad by Luis Alfaro, The Vagina Monologues, Bill’s Shorts One and Two, Cowboy Mouth, Grease and Once Upon A Mattress. Most recently she co-directed Women and Servants by Lope de Vega for LA Escena: Los Angeles Hispanic Classical Theater Festival and is gearing up for her thesis project Euripides’ Medea at UCLA.

THERESA CHAVEZ (Panelist)
Theresa Chavez is an award-winning interdisciplinary theater artist. Her work as writer, director, and producer has been seen extensively in Southern California, throughout the U.S., in Canada, and on national television. She is About…Productions' Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director. Under her direction, the company has engaged with numerous communities, and cultural and educational institutions, locally and nationally, in the production of innovative theater works and educational programs. A published playwright, she is included in Women Playwrights of Diversity, a book that describes the work of 90 significant theater voices. Her most recent work as director/co-writer/producer includes the acclaimed They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They? and Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe. In addition to her training as a dancer and musician, she earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in photography from California Institute of the Arts, and an interdisciplinary B.A. in the social sciences from UCLA. Chavez is a 7th generation Californio. Her family, the Lugos, arrived in 1771, and became one of the founding families of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles which eventually became the City of Los Angeles.

EILEEN GALINDO (Panelist)
Eileen Galindo most recently appeared in the role of a lifetime as “Carmen” in the 4-month sold out run of The Alamo by Ian McRae at the Ruskin Group Theatre. Eileen has been a professional theatre artist for 32 years working Off-Broadway and in the regions. She credits the legendary late Miriam Colon-Valle with giving her her first professional acting job in New York. Legendary acting teacher and director Wynn Handman had the most influence in crossing Eileen over to the “general market” at a time when a Latino actor’s only prospects were in stereotypical roles. Most notable theatre credits include: The original production of Expecting Isabel by Lisa Loomer, the original production of Chavez Ravine by Culture Clash and The House of Bernarda Alba opposite Chita Rivera - all at the Mark Taper Forum. Despite continual television, film and voiceover work, Eileen does at least one play a year. Theater credits include: IAMA Theatre Co’s Species Native to California, Love, Loss and What I Wore, with Stephanie Zimbalist [Laguna Playhouse], Tickled Pink opposite Rita Rudner [Laguna Playhouse], Girls Talk opposite Brooke Shields (LA), and The Clean House (ICT, Long Beach) for which she won a Garland Award. Eileen is currently in rehearsals for Eric Reyes Loo’s hilarious cutting-edge comedy Death and Cockroaches with the Chalk Rep Theatre Company – directed by up-and-coming powerhouse director Jennifer Chang. Upcoming film and TV projects include Now Apocalypse (Starz), Mr. Student Body President (Go90), Curious George (PBS) and GrandDaddy Daycare opposite Danny Trejo for Universal.

ERIC REYES LOO (Panelist)
Eric Reyes Loo is a Los Angeles-based playwright and television writer. He currently writes for the upcoming Netflix series A.J. & the Queen. He has produced and developed work with local theatres such as Pacific Resident Theatre, Rogue Machine, The Blank, Moving Arts and Chalk Rep. He's an alumnus of the Playwrights Union and helps run the new play development at Chalk Repertory Theatre. His latest play, Death and Cockroaches, is being produced by Chalk Repertory Theatre November 9th – December 1st at the Atwater Village Theatre. In addition, Eric has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, which he attended on a full-scholarship and was awarded a scholarship from the National Hispanic Coalition for the Arts. He has been a lecturer in playwriting, screenwriting and TV writing at San Diego State University and wrote for two years on the teen melodrama Guidance from Awesomeness TV and Verizon's Go90. Season Two can be found on Hulu and Season Three will be there this fall. His mother would want you to know that he’s a product of strong Jesuit education. He is also a proud member of the Writers Guild of America.

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