RICHARD AZURDIA | Producing Director
Richard 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 (actor/producer), Chasing Monsters (actor/producer) 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., 24th Street Theater and Watts Village Theater Co. His film and TV credits are numerous. 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 recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship and named one of L.A. Weekly’s 54 People of 2015.
ARMANDO MOLINA | Artistic Director
Armando is a director and writer with a background in theater development. He received national recognition from the NEA and 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 and co-founded the critically acclaimed Latino Comedy Group Latins Anonymous, whose plays are published by Arte Publico Press and continue to be performed nationally. 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). His recent (amongst many) directing credits include, The Long Road Today, by Jose Cruz Gonzalez at South Coast Repertory; Distracted, by Lisa Loomer at TheaterWorks; and Visitors Guide to Arivaca by Evangeline Ordaz at Teatro Vision and Company of Angels.
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 I & II, Los Peregrinos del Este, & SISSY. 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 (Tongue 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. 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 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.
LUI SANCHEZ | Associate Artistic Director
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 curricula for public and alternative schools.
SELENE SANTIAGO | Managing Director
Selene Santiago is an arts manager, director, designer and writer who hails from Boyle Heights, CA. She is a co-founding teatrista of the theater troupe, Tongue in Chíc*ana, and founding member of the theater and art space CASA 0101. She has worked with various theaters and artists as a creative and arts manager across Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and the Bay Area such as Cornerstone Theater Company, El Teatro Campesino, Latino Theater Company and others. Her monologue, Yellow is the Color, was commissioned by and performed at Off the Tracks Theater in Los Angeles and published in the health and arts journal, Atrium Magazine. A collection of her poetry can be found through PIM Publishing. 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 the Drucker School of Management at 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.
AMELIA WORFOLK | Business Manager
With a background in stage management and finance, Amelia has a keen eye for order and numbers. Previous to working with CoA she was with Lodestone Theater Ensemble, East West Players’, Colony Theater, Pacific Resident Theater, and Odyssey Theater Ensemble. She studied Stage Management at UCLA.