Staff

ARMANDO MOLINA – Artistic Director

Armando is a director and writer with a background in theater development. His recent directing credits include ”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).

JOHN MIYASAKI – Associate Artistic Director

John is the sole founder and Artistic Director of the hereandnow theatre company. In 1984, Miyasaki began training at East West Players and worked in over 30 productions there over the ensuing 9 years. He also worked in Nobuko Miyamoto’s “Talk Story.” In 1990, he began the Asian American Theatre Project at UC Riverside and recently taught theatre at East Los Angeles College.

He recently directed “Romeo & Juliet Pinoy/Pinay Style, Letters to a Student Revolutionary” (Occidental College), the hereandnow national tour (which has toured over 100 U.S. cities), Boba Stories: Tales from the hereandnow kitchen, “fentor” (LA Weekly Pick of the Week), “A Nickel’s Worth,” as well as numerous play readings and festival performances.

RICHARD AZURDIA – Producing Director

Richard is a true Angeleno, born and raised in L.A. He has been seen in the CoA productions of Chasing Monsters (also producer), Visitors’ Guide To Arivaca (also producer), Peregrinos Del Este, Sissy and L.A. Views. Other theater include: American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose (Denver Center Theatre Co.), Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Othello (Independent Shakespeare Co.), Chinese Massacre (Annotated) (Circle X Theatre Co.), La Posada Magica (Odyssey Theater), Living Out (CTG/Mark Taper Forum), Iphigenia…A Rave Fable (Son of Semele Ensemble-4 L.A. Weekly Awards), Stranger (Bootleg Theater-5 LA Weekly Awards Noms & 3 LADCC Awards Noms), Much Ado About Nothing (East LA Classic Theater), For All Time (Cornerstone Theater Co.), Always & Forever (Watts Village Theater Co.) & Tropical America (24th Street Theater). For 8 years he played ‘Diego Rivera’ in Grupo De Teatro Sinergia’s acclaimed play Frida Kahlo. His film and TV credits are numerous. Including a recurring role on Showtime’s Weeds and co-starring in Lionsgate’s acclaimed Spanish film Ladron Que Roba A Ladron. He’s an Artistic Associate of Son of Semele Ensemble and an Advisory Council Member of the Ford Amphitheatre & [Inside] The Ford. He’s also 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.

Daniel Muñoz

DANIEL MUÑOZCompany Manager

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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.

Kamil Haque

KAMIL HAQUE - Internship Director

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