Staff

ARMANDO MOLINA – Artistic Director

Armando is a director and writer with a background in theater development. His recent directing credits include “The Long Road Today” by Jose Cruz Gonzalez at South Coast Repertory between His recent directing credits include and ”Distracted” by Lisa Loomer at TheaterWorks, in Palo Alto, California, ”Distracted” by Lisa Loomer at TheaterWorks, in Palo Alto, California, “Visitors Guide to Arivaca” by Evangeline Ordaz at Teatro Vision, San Jose, California and Company of Angels. “Hippie Mexicana aka Digging Rios” by Evangeline Ordaz at Borderlands Theater; “Sissy” by Ricardo Bracho at Company of Angels in Los Angeles, “Anna In The Tropics” by Nilo Cruz at PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria California; “Living Out” By Lisa Loomer at TheatreWorks and at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, “The Waiting Room” by Lisa Loomer at Company of Angels in Los Angeles, “Conjunto” by Oliver Mayer at Borderlands Theater Company in Tucson, Arizona, “Rocio” by Oliver Mayer at King King in Hollywood. Armando received national recognition from the NEA and the Theater Communications Group as a recipient of their Career Development Program for Directors. Before leaving to freelance as a director, Armando was a member of the Cornerstone Theater ensemble. Armando co-founded Latins Anonymous, the critically acclaimed Latino Comedy Group, whose plays were published by Arte Publico Press and continue to be performed nationally.

Armando’s other directing credits include “Magic Tricks,” “Mass Transit” and “Esther and the Exodus,” “Dolores Dilemma,” “Freak: Saint Plays” for Cornerstone Theater Company; The American Southwest Theater Company’s production of “Latins Anonymous;” “Ramona Roses,” at Theater of Note in Los Angeles (a one woman show about at risk youth in East Los Angeles), “Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist” at Highways in Santa Monica, and “The Case of the Strange Step Brother” for California Youth Theater. Armando also assistant directed Doug Wager at the Mark Taper Forum and Jo Bonny at Second Stage in New York. Armando also co-founded The Platform, a political cabaret that explored post riot Los Angeles as a community in crisis. The Platform performed at the Los Angeles Theater Center, Highways Performance Space, UCLA, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits (LACE).

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SELENE SANTIAGO – Managing Director

Selene Santiago is an arts manager, director, designer and writer who hails from east of the LA River as a fourth generation Boyle Heightsan. She is a co-founding teatrista of the theater troupe, Tongue in Chíc*ana, founding member of the theater and art space CASA 0101 and Staff Writer for pLAywriting in the city. She has worked with numerous theaters and artists in numerous capacities across Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and the Bay Area such as Cornerstone Theater Company, El Teatro Campesino, Latino Theater Company and others. Her monologue on motherhood after cancer, Yellow is the Color, was commissioned by and performed at Off the Tracks Theater in Los Angeles and published in Atrium Magazine. A collection of her poems are published by PIM Publishing in the anthology, Poems to F*ck To. Selene is an alumnus of the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture’s Leadership Institute, recipient of La Opinion’s “Mujeres Destacadas” award in Arts & Culture, and an Ahmanson Foundation Arts Management Fellow. She is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University in Arts Management (MA), Cal State LA in Theatre (MA) and UC Berkeley in Theater + Chicano Studies (BA). You can listen to her backlog of radio shows for Toothsome on Killradio.org on Mixcloud.

RICHARD AZURDIA – Producing Director

Richard is a true Angeleno, born and raised in L.A. He’s produced Their Eyes Saw Rain (2 L.A. Weekly Theater Award nominations), L.A. Views V: April 29, 1992 and Bordering on Love for CoA. His theater credits at CoA include: Visitors’ Guide to Arivaca (also producer), Chasing Monsters (also producer), Peregrinos Del Este, L.A. Views and Sissy. His other theater credits include productions with the Denver Center Theatre Co., Mark Taper Forum, Independent Shakespeare Co., Circle X Theatre Co., Son of Semele Ensemble, Echo Theater Co., Sacred Fools Theater, Odyssey Theater, Bootleg Theater, Cornerstone Theater Co. and 24th Street Theater. His film and TV credits are numerous. Including a recurring roles on Showtime’s Weeds, Hulu’s East Los High and co-starring in Lionsgate’s acclaimed Spanish film Ladron Que Roba A Ladron. He’s received nominations for Best Supporting Actor from the Broadway World Awards, Outstanding Supporting Actor and Ensemble from the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Awards and Best Comedy Ensemble from the L.A. Weekly Theater Awards. He’s a member of Independent Shakespeare Co. and an Artistic Associate of Son of Semele Ensemble. He’s also a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship. He’s a small business owner (Azurdia’s Legal Services) where his specialty, as a certified Tax Preparer, is preparing tax returns for actors and other artists. www.RichardAzurdia.com. .

XAVI MORENO – Producing & Marketing Director

Xavi is a proud Angeleno, born, raised, and staged on the Eastside of Los Angeles, East of the LA River in the historic barrio of Boyle Heights. A kaleidoscope of talent – actor, writer, poet, spoken word artist, dancer, graphic designer and motivational speaker – Xavi has jumped the hurdles of barrio life to be where he is at and to go where he is going. His on stage work with CoA includes: Chasing Monsters, Big Bro/Lil Bro, L.A Views II, Los Peregrinos del Este, SISSY & LA Views I. Other theater credits include: The 16th Anniversary production of Frida Kahlo (Teatro Sinergia/Frida Kahlo), Dias y Flores (Miami Intl. Hispanic Theater Festival), Heart on a Wire (Tounge in’ Chic*ana), For All Time (Cornerstone), The Complex (Center for Theater of the Oppressed), Always & Forever (Watts Village) and Voces/Voices (Teatro East of the River). Beyond the stage Xavi has been responsible for CoA’s innovative marketing rooting from his decade long freelance creative consultation. Consistently pushing for innovation, Xavi has the ability to see beyond the expected or average solution. In his creative, Xavi strives to see beyond tomorrow with a realistic balance of what is possible and appropriate for today. Throughout his professional career and education, Xavi’s most influential experience? Every day life. A sampling of Xavi’s consulting and freelance clients include: American Apparel, Stussy, Urban Outfitters, Ford & Dr.Pepper. A Teaching Artist with The Unusual Suspects Theater, co-founder of two grassroots organizations Teatro East of the River and Los Poets del Norte and the spokesperson for Ready Pa’Tu Mundo 2011/2014 FORD Fiesta Campaign, Xavi is an inspiration for other youth who have been pushed out from schools, pushed into gangs and prisons, whose hearts and minds are full of love and talent to share with their barrios and beyond. Xavi es una flor chillante (a radiant flower) that rose through cracked concrete reaching for the spot light. www.xavimoreno.net / www.fiestamovement.com/agents/xavi

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Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez - Development Manager

Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez is a Salesian High School graduate, and holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Utah and a Masters of Fine Arts from UC San Diego. He is an Assistant Professor of Theater and Cinema at Los Angeles Mission College. Guillermo holds the distinction of being the first Chicana/o ever to star in a main-stage production at the University of Utah. He is the originator of Meet Me @Metro a site specific performance extravaganza performed in collaboration with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority.  Some of Guillermo’s directorial and literary highlights include two commissions from Center Theatre Group to write Student Discovery Guides for En Un Sol Amarillo and Culture Clash’s Palestine, New Mexico. His career is built around using theatre as a way of exploring issues of social inequality as well as self-empowerment. He is currently working on Towards a Moving Theater a book exploring exoteric theater in America.

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AMELIA WORFOLK – Business Manager

Amelia started out stage managing shows for CoA. She has now produced 3 productions for CoA. She is currently the Business Manager for the Company as well. Previously she was the Resident StageManager for Lodestone Theater Ensemble 2009 season. She was also ASM for East West Players’ Ixnay and worked crew at the Colony Theater. Amelia has also worked at various other theaters across Los Angeles like Pacific Resident Theater and Odyssey Theater Ensemble. She studied Stage Management at UCLA and worked with their Graduate Level Director’s program.

LUI SANCHEZ - Associate Artistic Director & Director of Education

A resident of California for over twenty years, Lui Sanchez has established himself as an artist working in various mediums and fields throughout Los Angeles with professional and volunteer experience in developing, implementing and administering various visual and performing arts projects and events. He received his BA in Theater at UC Santa Cruz and attended the Masters Program at the UCLA Film School. Lui is constantly on the roam to develop, participate and support the arts. His works includes producing short films, theater productions and art exhibitions as well as developing art curriculums for public and alternative schools.