Spring 2021 Virtual Reading Series
Rob Urbinati, Director of New Play Development
By Augusto Amador
Directed by Sara Guerrero
Premiering March 10, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET
Available until March 13, 2021
(* denotes member of SAG-AFTRA; ** denotes member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA)
Socorro Santiago ** Jose Febus *
Technical Production and Video Editing: Jay Rogers
Augusto Amador was born and raised in Silicon Valley and is the son of a music composer, Peruvian father and culinary chef, Austrian mother. Augusto’s previous careers include: coffee house proprietor, car salesman, assistant tile setter, running numbers for a bookie and of course, long suffering waiter. His original TV pilot, 86'd, is currently optioned and in development with Wise Entertainment for a first look at Amazon Studios. Mr. Amador is a recipient of the Disney/NBCUniversal/NHMC TV Writers Fellowship as well the prestigious Humanitas Prize New Voices Award in television writing. His screenplay, RatCatcher, finished on the TOP 50 Nicholl Fellowship Screenplays. Mr. Amador’s plays have been finalists for the Carlo Annoni International Dramaturgical Prize for his play Kissing Che Princess Grace Fellowship, Terrence McNally Award, BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition, runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award from the Arizona Theater Company, listed on 50 Playwrights Project of Best Unproduced Latino Plays, Howlround’s “101 Plays by The New Americans, or on Latinidad”, five-time semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Conference and many more. His play, The Book of Leonidas, won best play at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival in NYC. His playwriting fellowships include: Public Theater in NYC, The Humanitas Prize in Los Angeles, Latino Theater Alliance/L.A. and Lincoln City Fellowship in NYC. Mr. Amador’s plays have been produced across the country, including: Public Theater in NYC, Cherry Lane Theatre NYC, Kennedy Center in DC, Firehouse Theater in VA, Wild Project in NYC, Full Circle Theatre in MN, Lark Developmental Theatre in NYC, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Next Iteration Theater in Houston, Wake Forest University, Blank Theatre in Los Angeles, Road Theater in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Theater Center, North Carolina Black Repertory Theater, Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe, National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Skylight Theater in Los Angeles, Austin Latino New Play Festival and many others. Upcoming in the FALL, publication of the Spanish translation of ATACAMA by Editorial Teatro Sin Paredes. For link to all his plays: https://newplayexchange.org/users/1791/augusto-amador
Sara Guerrero is a Southern California native, is a professional versatile theatre artist whose mission is to model, share, and create theatre-making opportunities for and with her community. A CalArts alum, she has been recognized as a 2020 Hispanic Lifestyle Latina of Influence Honoree, a 2020 Woman of Distinction by Sen. Umberg and California Senate District 34, a Community Engagement "COVID-19 ARTIST ASSISTANCE GRANT" Awardee, one of the “People to Watch” by American Theatre Magazine, and “Best [Artistic] Director” and “Person of Interest” by OC WEEKLY. As the founding artistic director of Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, an award-winning, Santa Ana-based group, she and the ensemble are ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE at Grand Central Arts Center of Cal State University of Fullerton, Ca. Under Guerrero’s leadership, the organization serves as an incubator for underrepresented voices in theater by providing programming and guidance in the art of storytelling. During the pandemic, Guerrero continues to direct, create, and produce through her ensemble and other theaters online.
Socorro Santiago is an Actor, Writer, Producer and Designer. Broadway: The Bacchae at Circle in the Square Off-B’way: Dancing with the Dead (Writer, Producer, Actor) at INTAR, She had worked extensively at: Public Theatre, Underground Roundabout Theatre, EST, NYTW, Ma-Yi Theatre, Clubbed Thumb among others. Touring Company of Small Mouth Sounds (Director : Tony award winner Rachel Chavkin) Regional: Boleros for the Disenchanted ( IRNE nomination) Huntington Theatre, Like Water for Chocolate ( Sundance Theatre lab), Long Wharf , Hartford Stage, Two River Theatre among many. TV : Blue Bloods, Prodigal Son, and All the Law & Order series. ALMA award for her work on All My Children. Films include : All Good Things, Devil’s Advocate , and Widows directed by Academy Award Winner Steven McQueen.
Jose Febus was last seen in the reading of Francisco Mendoza’s play Machine Learning at Dartmouth College - Vox Theater Festival. Theater credits include O,Rex with GF Company, The Deep Run at PRTT, Acts of Mercy at Rattlestick Theater, Muerte En La Mente at the Cherry Lane Theater, Santos & Santos at Playwrights Horizon and many others. TV credits, The Path, Blindspot, L&O and L&O Criminal Intent and East WillyB. Film credits, Badge 373, Not Guilty, Attempted Burglary, Plurality and Chicago Boricua.
Santi Samano is a multidisciplinary artist from San Diego, CA who takes a holistic approach to their art and life. Santi believes in radically inclusive theatre that not only entertains, but also helps and empowers BIPOC at their intersections especially to queer and low-income communities. Past credits include: Technical Director & Video Editor for “El Arroyo” by Roberta H. Martinez, “Apa’s Girl” by Elvia Susana Rubalcava at the Frida Kahlo Theater 10-Minute Theater Festival, Co-Producer for Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble’s “Staged Stories: The Live Streamed Series”, and “María José in Inolvidable: A Juan Gabriel Musical” by Ruth Veronica Madrid at UC Riverside.
We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.
Queens Theatre at Home is proud to continue to serve our community through online programming.
It's not possible without our generous partners.
Howard Gilman Foundation
Jerome Robbins Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts - Cares
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
New York State Council on the Arts
The Shubert Foundation
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Connie Baker, Rentals and Events Manager
Victor Catano, Production Manager
Dominic D'Andrea, Director of Community Engagement
Richard Hinojosa, Director of Education
Alexis Lubin, Finance Manager
Willy Mosquera, Front of House Manager
Gregg Mozgala, Director of Inclusion
Bernadette Ott, Development Manager
Jay Rogers, General Manager
Rob Urbinati, Director of New Play Development
Sheila Xia-Ryan, Social Media Manager
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Gary Kesner, President
Tracy Capune, Vice President
Bruce Levine, Treasurer
Mark Misk, Secretary
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