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, ”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 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 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 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.

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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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.

 Theresa Condito

THERESA CONDITO – Development Associate

Theresa brings over a dozen years of experience in arts administration to Company of Angels. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors in Professional Music, and recently earned her Masters in Arts Management at Claremont Graduate University. Theresapreviously worked for Center Theatre Group and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Although she hails from Boston, her heart is here on the Best Coast! When not working as an arts manager and/or fundraising professional, Theresa can be found performing comedy on the local scene, and she is currently finishing her first full length singer/songwriter album.