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The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona Cast

  • Cate Scott Campbell

    Cate Scott Campbell as Maren / Lisandra

    Cate Scott Campbell is thrilled to be making her Geffen Playhouse debut. Stage credits include Tartuffe and Pride and Prejudice (South Coast Repertory), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla Playhouse), Mommune (Chalk Rep), The Contrast (Mirror Repertory Company) and many shows as a member of The Groundlings Sunday Company. Television credits include How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Cousins For Life (Nickelodeon), You Kiddin’ Me (Facebook Watch), The Oh My Disney Show (Disney Digital) and multiple national commercial campaigns. Cate has created and starred in a number of critically acclaimed projects, including the digital series Tutored and the short films Math Brain and How I Do Math. Her podcast The Limit Does Not Exist (Forbes & PodcastOne) has been downloaded millions of times on iTunes and featured in The Washington Post and Adweek. Cate graduated from Northwestern University and has an M.F.A. in acting from UC San Diego.


  • Ricardo Chavira

    Ricardo Chavira as Orlando

    Ricardo Chavira is a South Texas native whose acting career spans theater, film and television. His stage highlights include The Motherf**ker with the Hat at the National Theatre in London and the Off-Broadway production of Jesus Hopped the A Train. He has also appeared in regional theater productions across the U.S., including An Enemy of the People and A Streetcar Named Desire at the Guthrie Theater, Living Out, Tracers, Three Sisters, Dogeaters, ¡Bandido! and Macbeth. His television credits include Scandal; Jane the Virgin; Santa Clarita Diet; Hawaii 5-0; Castle; Burn Notice; Welcome to the Family; Desperate Housewives, garnering two SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; George Lopez; 24; Joan of Arcadia; JAG; NYPD Blue; The Division and Six Feet Under. On the film side, he has appeared in Being Charlie, Powder and Gold, Don’t Let Me Drown, The Alamo, Piranha 3-D and Saving God. Chavira holds an M.F.A. in acting from the University of California, San Diego.


  • Zilah Mendoza

    Zilah Mendoza as Noelle / Paloma / Bobbi / Maria Sol

    Zilah Mendoza has originated lead roles in the theater such as Ana in Lisa Loomer’s hit Living Out (Mark Taper Forum, Second Stage Theater), Matilde in Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Clean House (Yale Repertory Theatre), Electricidad in Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad (Mark Taper Forum) and Perla in Juliette Carrillo’s Plumas Negras (Cornerstone Theater Company). Her performances have garnered awards including an Obie, a Garland and a Lortel nod in N.Y.C. for her work in Living Out, as well as numerous Backstage Awards for her work in Los Angeles. Mendoza has had recurring and guest-starring roles on Modern Family, The King of Queens, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Grey’s Anatomy, MAD TV, Law & Order, Medium and 24. She is the Associate Artistic Director of the Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (MAPP), a nonprofit arts-based literacy program working in North America.


  • Onahoua Rodriguez

    Onahoua Rodriguez as Abril / Nikki

    Onahoua Rodriguez is grateful to make her Geffen Playhouse debut with José Rivera’s The Untraslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona. She originated the role of Ceci for the Denver Center’s Theatre production of Lydia, followed by productions at Yale Repertory Theatre and Mark Taper Forum. Other theater credits include Anna in The Tropics (South Coast Repertory, directed by Juliette Carrillo, and at Coconut Grove Playhouse, directed by Nilo Cruz), Beauty of the Father (Seattle Repertory, directed by Sharon Ott), Blood Wedding (La Jolla Playhouse, directed by Mark Wing Davey). In New York, she has appeared in plays at INTAR, Repertorio Español, MCC Theater, Beckett Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company and La Tea Theatre, among others. Film/television credits include Beyond The Lights, Major Crimes, Shameless, Mad Dogs, Drop Dead Diva, NCIS Los Angeles, Castle, Weeds and The Shield, among others. She is a graduate of AMDA (studio program, NY). To my Guiding Lights, husband and daughters, God parents/squad and family, couldn’t be here without your love and support.


  • Juan Francisco Villa

    Juan Francisco Villa as Manny / Priest / Bernardo / Eldon / Felipe

    Juan Francisco Villa has appeared in the NY Times Critic’s Pick Oedipus El Rey, by Luis Alfaro, directed by Chay Yew at the Public Theater in New York. He has portrayed Tennessee Williams in the Off-Broadway Abingdon Theatre Company production of The Gentleman Caller by Philip Dawkins at Cherry Lane Theatre. His Off-Broadway credits include The Play About My Dad (Collaboration Town/59E59), Nature of Captivity (Mabou Mines) and One Night in the Valley (INTAR). In Los Angeles, he starred in the autobiographical Empanada for a Dream (LATC), which he also wrote, and Kissing Che (Celebration Theater). His Chicago credits include Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Hillary and Clinton, Mojada (Victory Gardens Theater); 2666, El Grito del Bronx (Goodman Theatre); Our Lady of 121st Street (Steppenwolf Theater); Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (Rivendell Theatre/Teatro Vista); Gun Show (16 Street Theater); and Take Me Out (Steppenwolf Theater Company). Villa’s television credits include Madame Secretary (CBS), Chicago PD (NBC), Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) and Betrayal (ABC).