Rose Portillo (Actor) recently played the role of Dolores “Mama” Reyna in the Los Angeles Center Theater Group’s revival of Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum where almost 40 years earlier she originated the role of Della. She went on to portray Della at the Aquarius Theater in LA, Broadway and in the film (all directed by the author Luis Valdez). Other Productions for Center Theater Group include Van Itellie’s The Traveler; Luis Alfaro’s Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner, Chekov’s The Wood Demon, Cabruja’s The Day You’ll Love Me. She spent 20+ years creating critically acclaimed work with Theresa Chavez for About…Productions as actor, writer, and director, and founded the company’s Young Theaterworks program. She has also performed at The Mixed Blood Theater in Mpls, San Diego Repertory, San Diego’s Old Globe, South Coast Rep, NY’s Public Theater and various theaters throughout L.A. Rose also has numerous film and television credits. She is particularly proud of her role in Severo Perez’ …and the earth did not swallow him. She teaches at Pomona College where she developed and teaches/directs Theater with Young Audiences which celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in 2016-17. Rose has been involved with various stages in the development of The Mathematics of Love and is thrilled to part of its world premiere.
George Killingsworth (Actor) is delighted and grateful to collaborate with Cherríe Moraga again on this remarkable tale. For over twenty five years George has appeared on Bay Area stages including Shotgun Players, Campo Santo, Teatro Vision, A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Word for Word, San Jose Stage, Custom Made, Theatre First, West Edge Opera, Indra’s Net and Kerouac Alley Beckett. He is featured in Chris Brown’s film Fanny Annie and Danny [a holiday antidote .. streaming on Amazon and Netflix], and is featured in the soon to be released film Best F[r]iends.
Veronica Maynez (Actor) is delighted to make her Brava debut! Regional credits include The Christians (San Francisco Playhouse) and staged readings with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and B8 Theatre Company. Veronica is a recent graduate of the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department at UC Berkeley having appeared in Heart of Spain, Chavez Ravine, Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act, and Summertime while there. Veronica will be headed to Chicago this fall to attend DePaul University in pursuit of her Master of Fine Arts in Acting.
Carla Pantoja (Actor) is grateful to take this beautiful journey with this group of talented beings. A local actor, she has worked with the Magic Theater, Cal Shakes, Crowded Fire, Teatro Visión, Shotgun Players, and the SF Mime Troupe to name a few. She is a resident artist of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and a company member of Playground. Carla is also a certified stage combat instructor with Dueling Arts International and a founding member of the local chapter, Dueling Arts San Francisco. A big thank you to her family who care for two little munchkins while mama gets to act. Open mind, open heart, and breathe.
Sarita Ocón (Actor) is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist, community activist, media arts educator and visual artist based in Oakland. She was recently seen in Ubuntu Theater Project’s west coast premiere of To The Bone by Lisa Ramirez. Theatrical credits include DJ Latinidad’s Latino Dance Party (MACLA/National Performance Network); The Crucible (PlayMakers Repertory); Othello, Waiting For Lefty (Ubuntu Theater Project); PLACAS (Off Broadway: Puerto Rican Traveling Theater; Regional: Los Angeles Theatre Center, CASA 0101, Gala Hispanic Theatre, MACLA, South Coast Repertory, Su Teatro, San Francisco International Arts Festival and others); Twelfth Night (California Shakespeare Theater); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (San Francisco Playhouse); Ghost Light (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); The Great Divide (Shotgun Players); Night Over Erzinga (Golden Thread Productions); Ghosts of the River (ShadowLight Productions); The House on Mango Street, School of the Americas, Dog Lady/Evening Star, La Victima (Teatro Visión). Sarita received her BA from Stanford University in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is a recipient of the 2017 California Arts Council Local Impact Grant, the 2016 RHE Charitable Foundation Artistic Fellowship, Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant, and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts Artistic Fellowship at Stanford in 2004. Sarita is a proud company member of HERO Theatre in Los Angeles and the Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland. She is a co-founding member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network. saritaocon.com
Carlos Aguirre (Actor) most recently appeared in The Playground’s Kano + Abe and the world premier of Sarah Shourd’s The Box at Z space. He has also appeared in The Magic Theatre’s 2012 world premiere of Luis Alfarro’s Bruja, as well as their 2011 production of Taylor Mac’s Lily’s Revenge and their 2010 world premiere of Luis Alfarro’s Oedipus El Rey. He performs regularly with world-renowned theatre company Campo Santo. Carlos shares his experience by teaching at various schools and at-risk environments throughout the Bay Area.