COLLABORATORS

Jorge Dieppa

La Criatura Co-Founder 

Set Designer - "The Orphans," "Womankind" 

Actor - "¿Qué me trajiste?: Cabaret Boricua," "Colonia 2007," "Silence Is Health" 

 

Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Dieppa moved to New York City in 2002. A founding member of La Criatura and the Set designer for "The Orphans," he holds an MFA in set design from CUNY Brooklyn College, where he is currently Adjunct Professor for the Theater Department, and a degree in mechanical engineer from the prestigious Mayagüez campus of the University of Puerto Rico. In 1993, Dieppa won first prize in the nationwide ImagiNations design competition sponsored by Walt Disney’s Imagineering.
 

Among his set design credits are: "The Taming of the Shrew," "Sight Unseen," "Urinetown" "The Crucible," "La Celestina," "Into the Woods," "City of Angels," "The Snow Queen,"  "Lysistrata," and the New York premier of "Five Kinds of Silence" by playwright Shelagh Stephenson for Boundless Theater Company.
 

In film, he has worked as art director for the feature Civil War epic "Legged Red Devils" and the TV pilot "Accidental Heroes," both for C-Squared Productions.
 

A multifaceted artist, he is also an experienced actor with credits in theater, film, television and radio. His credits include dozens of plays and TV series in Puerto Rico. In 1996, Dieppa won the New Actor of the Year award granted by the Theatre Critics’ Circle of Puerto Rico. As a radio actor, he worked for the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Puerto Rico for several years.
 

In New York, Dieppa has collaborated as an actor with Karina Casiano in her projects "¿Qué me trajiste?: Cabaret Boricua" and "Colonia 2007" o el cabaret de los días terribles at HERE Arts Center, and has appeared off- Broadway at Repertorio Español in "The Dog in the Manger." Along with Casiano, Dieppa originated the germinal idea for "The Orphans" in 2003. 

 

Dieppa is also involved with Spaeth Design, where he collaborates in the design of the world-renowned Holidays windows for Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and Sak’s. He is currently Resident Set Designer at the Elisabeth Irwin High School.

www.jorgeddieppa.com

Miguel Belmonte

La Criatura Co-Founder 

Actor - "Silence Is Health," "Vertigo"
 

Born in Barcelona, Spain. Co-founded La Criatura in 2005. He began his theatre education at Institut del Teatre in Barcelona, and later graduated from the Nancy Tuñón Studio with a degree in Drama.
 

He appeared regularly on Spanish television in series such as "Secrets de familia" and "Laberint d’ombres" for TV3 Productions and was chosen to appear in the play "OBS" by the renowned theatre group La Fura dels Baus. Belmonte won a scholarship to study Commedia dell’Arte at the Filodrammatici di Milano Milan, Italy.
 

Following a brief period doing voiceover work in London, England, he moved to New York to study the Meisner Technique with Ted Bardy. Belmonte has appeared in plays such as the OOBR Award-winning production of "Tango masculino," directed by Jeffrey Corrick at the Wings Theatre; "The Odd Couple" with the Stage East Ensemble; and a staged reading of "The Adventures of Don Quixote" with The Dramatists’ Guild, under the direction of Diógenes Grassal.
 

He also collaborated with off-Broadway theatre company Repertorio Español, where he appeared in Federico García Lorca’s "Blood Wedding," directed by René Buch.
 

Belmonte’s film credits include the leading role in "The Kiss," directed by Joshua Cody. He has also appeared in "Zero Hour" by Marcio Venturi, and co-starred in "The Love Bite" by Macdara Vallely (2004 Best Irish Short, Galway Film Fleadth in Dublin, Ireland). He was also seen on film at the Museum of Modern Art’s P.S. 1 in the art exhibit "Birds of Paradise," which was chosen to be a part of the ARCO, the International Contemporary Art Fair in 2004.
 

His recent film credits include the feature "Life Is a Dream" (Cannes 2013 premiere) and "La vida inesperada," alongside Javier Cámara, Carmen Ruiz and Raúl Arévalo, directed by award-winning director Jorge Torregreossa and with a screenplay by Elvira Lindo.


Other films include "Neptunux Rex" (Best Film, New Hampshire Film Festival) and "Sufrir como dedos que no sangran" by Francisco Lupini and "Drug Mule," directed by David Spaltro.

www.miguelbelmonte.com

María Cristina Fusté

Lighting Designer - "¿Qué me Trajiste?: Cabaret Boricua," "Colonia 2007," "The Orphans" 


Ms. Fusté has a career in lighting design with credits in New York, other major cities in the U.S., her native Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Colombia, México, and the Dominican Republic. She is also the founder and artistic director of BOUNDLESS, a designer-led theater company producing work in NY and PR.  


Recent NY and regional credits: "ABIGAIL/1702" (Merrimack Repertory Theatre, MA/IRNE Award nomination for Best Lighting Design); "In the Heights" (Aurora Theatre and Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta, GA; Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Lighting Design on a Musical 2016,) "Prospect" by Octavio Solís, directed by Elena Araoz (BOUNDLESS, NYC); "Mariela in the Desert" and "Real Women Have Curves" (Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, GA,); "Drawn and Quartered," and "American Jornalero," (INTAR, NYC); "Germans in Paris," directed by José Zayas (59E59, NYC); "Yo Soy Latina" (Crossroads Theatre, NJ); "The Feast of the Goat" and "El Quijote," both directed by Jorge Alí Triana (Spanish Repertory Theatre, NYC.)  


Ms. Fusté is the Resident Lighting Designer at Teatro Círculo NY. Credits: "La caída de Rafael Trujillo," "Carmen Loisaida," "Sabina y Lucrecia," "El caballero del milagro," "Lágrimas negras," "Los titingós de Juan Bobo" and "La Celestina," among others.

Recent PR credits: 

Opera: "Bluebeard’s Castle," "Madama Butterfly," "Don Pasquale" and "L’Elisir d’Amore." 


Theater: "Orphans," "Los soles truncos," "Godspell," "The Giver," "La pasión según Antígona Pérez" and "Steel Magnolias," among others. With Boundless Theatre Company Credits: "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel García Márquez and directed by Jorge Alí Triana (P.R.;) "FABULOSO!" by John Kolvenbach and directed by Gilberto Valenzuela (P.R.), "The Good Body" by Eve Ensler and directed by Lynnette Salas (P.R.), "Bug" by Tracy Letts and directed by Emineh de Lourdes (P.R.), Boundless Exposed (2009/2015) (NY), "Mujer invisible" by Nancy Millán and directed by Ricardo Santana (NY/P.R.), "Five Kinds of Silence" by Shelah Stephenson and directed by Lynnette Salas (P.R.) and Tlaloc Rivas (NY), "Tropical Tree" by Yukio Mishima and directed by Emineh de Lourdes (P.R.), "Mrs. Warren’s Profession" by George Bernard Shaw and directed by Emineh de Lourdes (P.R.) and "Madre el Drama Padre" by Enrique Jardiel Poncela and directed by José Zayas (NY.)  


Education and Honors: She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Puerto Rico, and an MFA in Lighting Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a proud member of Local USA 829.  www.boundlesstheater.org

Daniel Irizarry

Actor, Co-Director and Co-choreographer - "The Orphans" (2010)   


(SAG, AFTRA) Artistic Director of One-Eighth Theater. In 2018, he directed the world premiere of "The Madman and The Nun" by Witkacy at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, "Mouthgasm" at Bilkent and "METU" in Cyprus. Directed and performed in One-Eighth theater's "The Maids" (The New York Times Critics Pick), a new adaptation by José Rivera, at INTAR Theatre. 


Directed and performed the critically acclaimed production "Teach Teacher Teachest," by David Koteles, based on Ionesco’s "The Lesson."


Directed and performed in "UBU" (Time Out New York Critics Pick), at INTAR, "An Italian Staw Hat" by Eugene Labiche at Folkwang University, and "MASCHINENHAUS" in Essen, Germany.


Performed and collaborated in Thania Acarón’s new dance project "Piecing the Peaces" at Dance Base Edinburgh, Scotland. Played the dentist at BAM's "Little Shop of Horrors Sing-Along" (directors’ cut and special appearance by Rick Moranis.) Directed and performed "Cho H Cho" for the undergroundzero festival. Directed Anton Chekhov’s "The Bear" and "The Festivities" at Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea and Anton Chekhov’s "The Proposal"at undergroundzero. 


Mabou Mines Artist in Residence in 2008 and 2011.


Collaborated with director Andrei Serban in movement and commedia dell’arte coaching for "Love’s Labour’s Lost." Was a movement director and fight choreographer for the Young Company at Classic Stage Company’s "As You Like It" and "From the Fire," directed by Cecilia Rubino, among many other credits. 


On film, he appeared in "Asylum Seekers," directed by Rania Ajami.

Irizarry holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University (first Puerto Rican student ever to be accepted) and a BA in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico (two-time Presidential Scholarship recipient.)

 

He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. He has taught Acting at Columbia University’s MFA Acting Program, Vilnius Kolejia in Lithuania, University of Wales Trinity Saint David in UK, the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School, Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Actors without Borders in Istanbul and Sarah Lawrence College at La MaMa, CAVE/LEIMAY, Bilkent University in Turkey, German Stat Theater in Timisoara, Freie University in Berlin, Syowa Ongaku University in Tokyo, University of Puerto Rico, and Kookmin University in Seoul. 

www.danielirizarry.org

Edna Lee Figueroa

Stage Manager - "The Orphans"


Actress, producer, director and stage manager born in Puerto Rico, Edna Lee moved to New York in 2009.


Holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Puerto Rico and an MA in Arts Administration from Turabo University of Puerto Rico.


As an actress, Edna Lee has participated on stage in over 40 plays in Puerto Rico with several companies. She has also appeared in New York on "Love Dot Com" by Dramatic Question Theatre Company at Theatre for the New City; "Oh de Sea!", by The Internationalists, at LPAC; and "Seven Days, Seven Plays" for Boundless Theatre Company at Teatro Círculo.


In Raleigh, North Carolina, she collaborated with the Burning Coal Theatre Company ("Way to Heaven and "Inherit the Wind.") She has also performed in Colombia at Teatro La Candelaria and in the play "Out in the Open" at The Barrow Group Theater, among many others. 


On film, Figueroa had a supporting role in the film "Maldeamores," produced by Benicio del Toro and directed by Carlitos Ruiz (Tribeca Film Festival 2007 premiere, HBO Latino.) She also had a speaking role in "Main Street" by Horton Foote, directed by John Doyle. 

   

On TV, Figueroa appeared on several sitcoms and commercials in Puerto Rico, and has also lent her voice for several projects, including computer software and the animated TV show "Ven a ver" as the voice of Gaia. 


Aside from "The Orphans," Figueroa has been a stage manager for Teatro Círculo ("Sabina y Lucrecia," "Carmen Loisaida" and "El caballero del milagro," where she was also Assistant to the Director;) La Micro Theater ("Working la Vida," "Dreaming Red") and NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute ("Stuck Elevator," also Production Manager.) She is an Associate Artist for Boundless Theater Company.

 

In Puerto Rico, she was a founding member of the theater group Deikelestai, Inc., where she multi-tasked as performer, producer, director’s assistant and props and costume coordinator.  

www.ednaleefigueroa.com

Andrés Rotmistrovsky

Composer – "The Orphans"


Andrés Rotmistrovsky is a bassist, producer, composer and arranger. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he started his musical career from a very young age upon discovering and completely falling in love with the bass guitar. No one could stop him from practicing; very soon after at the young age of 14 he began his career as a professional musician playing Jazz and Rock in different venues and festivals. 


Graduated with honors from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2007, majoring in Jazz Composition. He was the recipient of several scholarships, including  the International Award 2003, the Charles Mingus Award 2007, and the competitive Outstanding Performer Award 2007. Studied with Matt Garrison, Joe Lovano, Terry Lyne Carrington and Oscar Stagnaro, among others. 


Andrés performs bass guitar almost every night of the week in the New York music scene, displaying versatility in playing virtually all styles of music from traditional and contemporary Jazz to R&B, Gospel, Pop, Rock, Celtic, Afro Beat, Flamenco, and Middle Eastern to Latin folkloric music from Peru, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina. His band, The Andres Rotmistrovsky Trio or Quartet, includes a set of Solo-Bass music (in addition to playing with others).  


He has played with such musicians as Paquito D' Rivera, Joan Baez, Leon Gieco, Turkish Pop-Star Sertab Erener, Teresa Parodi, El Bahiano, Piero, Eva Ayllón and Marta Gómez. He has appeared in a variety of venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Latin Grammys, and Boston Symphony Hall, and has toured the U.S. and the world (e.g., Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia) with various jazz/world and Latin groups.  


Andrés has also worked with Leo Blanco, Alex Brown, Terri Lyne Carrington (Herbie Hancock's drummer,) Dontae Winslow, Gabriel Guerrero, Franco Pinna, Juancho Herrera, Fernando Brandao, Thaddeus Hogarth, Jon Hazilla, Oscar Feldman, Antonio Arnedo, Alain Mallet, and with groups such as the Fernando Brandao Quintet, Peru Mestizo, La Timbística and Bernardo Monk Mass Tango. In Argentina, he has played and/or recorded with Leon Gieco, Juan "Pollo" Raffo, Axel, Miguel Cantilo, Victor Heredia, Juan Carlos Baglietto, Roque Narvaja, and Juan Cruz de Urquiza. www.andresrotmistrovsky.com

Antígona González

Director Assistant / Stage Manager - "Womankind"


Studied Theater and Contemporary Dance and Journalism at UANL, Mexico. She has extensive experience in physical theater, dance, film production and Memory and Oral History. 


As an actress and creator, she has worked with Teatro Línea de Sombra in Mexico since 2007, including their latest play "Baños Roma" (2013.) Their play "Amarillo" has been performed at festivals around the world in the United States, France, Spain, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela, among others. 


Since 2009, González collaborates in the TRANSVERSALES International Encounter of Contemporary Theater in Mexico as a production and technical assistant and workshop coordinator.  


She has also carried out dance-movement research alongside dancer Zuadd Atala. In 2011, she was a resident artist with Compagnie Carabosse in Niort, France. 


González also co-founded of Colectivo A Contrapelo in 2012. In collaboration with Memoria Migrante, she created "La multitud del ala contra el viento," an exhibit/installation based on Oral History and Memory workshops made with Central and South American migrant women. The participants became actresses in the theater version. The installation will be presented by the Universidad Nacional in Córdoba, Argentina in May of 2014. 


González moved to New York City in 2013, where she continues her movement and theater research independently and with Línea de Sombra. 

Antonio Pantojas

(1948-2017)

Actor – "Silence Is Health"  


A pioneer of transgender solo shows in Puerto Rico, Pantojas had a five-decade career as an actor, dancer, director, producer, writer and teacher.  


He had extensive experience as a television actor and hosted his own show for several years on Puerto Rican TV.    


A seasoned night club varieté entertainer, Pantojas made waves beginning in the seventies in the Puerto Rico night club scene with his musical shows full of incendiary political satire and his gender-bending characters.  

  

A versatile thespian, he played roles as diverse as "Estragon" and "Pozzo" in Waiting for Godot, "Juliet" in "El Público" ("The Audience") by Federico García Lorca (in its world premiere in Puerto Rico in 1978,) and originated the small-time, street-wise narrator in "The True Story of Pedro Navaja," based in the "Three Penny Opera" and one of the longest-running plays in Puerto Rico’s history.  


Pantojas produced, directed, taught, wrote and performed for more than 12 years for the National Theater Production Company in Puerto Rico. With them, he staged plays such as his own version of Alexandre Dumas’ Camille, Lorca’s "The House of Bernarda Alba," Jules Tasca’s "An American Comedy," Isaac Chocrón’s "The Revolution" and Marco Antonio de la Parra’s "The Secret Obscenity of Everyday Life," as well as the theatrical versions of "Weekend at Bernie’s" and "The Full Monty." He also played "Zaza" and "Albin" in La Cage Aux Folles,  and "Buzz" in Love, Valor and Compassion.  Pantojas gave life to "Padre Amado" in the Spanish version of "Silence is Health/Silencio es Salud" for La Criatura Theater in 2006.    


As a playwright, he trained in New York and Florence, Italy. He wrote over 20 shows, which he performed in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Mexico and Peru.  

 

Pantojas was based in New York, and directed of the New York City Housing Authority Theater Training Program in the Lower East Side for 10 years. 

Awymarie Riollano

Costume Designer - "The Orphans"

 

An architect, scenic designer and muralist, Riollano was born in Puerto Rico and resides in New York City.  She is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Cornell University and with an MFA in Theatre Design from New York University. Her architecture work has focused mostly around hospitality applications such as theatres, restaurants and casinos.  

 

In the theatre world, she has worked both as scenic and costume designer on various productions in NYC including "The Dog in the Manger" for Spanish Repertory Theater, "Hanjo" and "Ripples" at HERE, "90 Miles of Separation" at The Producer’s Club and "Thyestes" at Riverside Church Theatre, among others.

 

She co-founder Agora Theatre in Puerto Rico and was the designer and executive producer of their production of "Medea." 

Antón Lago

Production Assistant - "ROOTLESS: La No-Nostalgia" 

Special Effects and Prop Designer - "The Orphans"



A native of Galicia, Spain, Lago has collaborated with several independent troupes in Europe and the U.S.   


He holds a masters in Set Design from CUNY Brooklyn College.


With over 30 years of experience as a multidisciplinary visual artist and administrator, his wide range of skills allows him to perform a different roles in theater production, particularly scenic design. 


For years, Lago was a set designer consultant for the New York City Housing Authority’s community programs for teens. 

Renzo Ampuero

Actor - "The Orphans" (2011)  


Originally from Lima, Peru, he studied Drama and History at Colorado College and received his MFA in Acting from the ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard University. 

  

Ampuero collaborated with playwright Ellen McLaughlin to create "Ajax in Iraq," in which he played the role of "Odysseus/Pisoni" at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. 

  

While training in Moscow, Ampuero played "Cleonte" in "The Discreet Charm of Monsieur Jourdain" on the Moscow Art Theater School stage. In 2006, he played "Dorian Gray" in an original adaptation of Oscal Wilde's novel at The Flea Theater in New York City.   


Ampuero participated in several short films in New York City and relocated to California in 2011. 

  

Ampuero played "Fausto Aíza" in "The Orphans" in 2011. 

Bryan Wade

Composer, Guitarist – "Womankind"


Bryan Wade is a guitarist, vocalist, composer and music teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. His work comprises colorful, mysterious and outrageous sound stories born out of Middle-Eastern, Latin, and American folk music, mixed with punk, funk, jazz, and free sound. Wade has scored a number of plays and films. 


Wade released the 6-song album "WRONGRWRONGWRONG" on iTunes in 2009. 


He is currently writing a book on his Mindful Guitarist Training, a series of awareness techniques based on Buddhist meditation. 


Originally from South Carolina, Wade has shared the stage with artists such as Hootie & The Blowfish, The Manic Street Preachers, Danielle Howle, Vic Chestnutt, The Waterboys and Joe Mauricio, and sang for years with Random Folk. Wade is the founder of the eclectic rock group Jebel. 

www.bryanwade.com.

Miguel Ángel Valderrama

Lighting Designer - "Womankind," 

Technical Director - "The Orphans," "Womankind"


Originally from Bogotá, Colombia.


Valderrama has designed lights and performed as technical director for several theater companies and festivals in New York City, including Teatro StageFest 2009 to 2012, and plays such as "Fishing for Alaska," "Light of Night," "They Call Me La Lupe," "Looking Glass Rewondered," "Cuban Operator, Please…", "Hunting the Reinosos," "Oh! Yantai," "I Want You by My Side," "The Foolish Disciple," "Lemay," “Tell Them Not to Kill Me,” "Nesting," "Work in Progress," "Taking a Chance in America, " “Once on This Island,” "Paso del Norte," "Pawn Shop Accordions" and "Ephigenia at Aulis," among others. 


He has also collaborated with several lighting teams for live music, TV, video, film, fashion, architecture and a wide variety of corporate events, and works at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York City.


He also teaches Entertainment Technology at his alma mater, CUNY's CITYTECH college.

Miguel Ángel Reyes

Stage Manager - "Silence Is Health," "Rootless" 

 

In 1994, he co-founded Colectivo Diversión theater company and started the C.O.R.O.N.A. Project to bring theater education to underserved communities throughout Puerto Rico, which ran for 10 years.


He has also taught workshops for youths for the New York City Housing Authority Theater Training Program, Communities in School (resident artist,) and for Cooperative of After-School Enrichment (CASE) Southwest Schools programs in Houston, Texas. He was production manager for NYC’s Dance Makers for their 2010 Gotta Dance show.


He has more than two decades of experience as a stage and production manager, and has trained in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, France, Italy and the United States, and has collaborated with the National Company in Puerto Rico (1993-2005) and La Criatura Theater (2006-2010) and Blackfriar’s Repertory Theater (2006) in NYC. He was also a staff performer at the Met Opera beginning in 2007.