Pasión por el Teatro (Passion for the Theatre)

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¡Celebra el mes de la Hispanidad con New York Theatre Salon!

September marks the celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, and NYTS will be hosting our panel with a brilliant group of Latin and Latin-American theatre artists. We're excited to share their stories of working and living in our current social environment, and encourage everyone to express their voices. The event will be hosted in English, but we can also offer Spanish translation during the panel if necessary to accommodate our guests. Si necesita traducción al Español, ¡Podemos ayudarlo!

Panelists:
Tatiana Pandiani

Jacinta Clusellas

Jonathan Portillo Sáenz

Lauren Kiele Deleon

Hosted by Phanesia Pharel


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Tatiana Pandiani:
is an Argentine born, NYC based director and choreographer who works in English and Spanish. She currently serves as the Associate Director for "What the Constitution Means to Me" by Heidi Schreck and directed by Oliver Butler on Broadway. Recent work includes "Christina" by Alexis Sheer (Cleveland Playhouse, workshop) "Dike" by Hannah Benitez (Urbanite Theatre), "Friends with Guns" by Stephanie Alison Walker (NYTW, workshop) "Nanas" by Leonardo Gonzales (LATEA / LaMicro Theatre), "Sensitive to Bite" by Eljon Wardally (Primary Stages), "Nicky Park Memorial Park" by Deepali Gupta (Hypokrit/ New Georges, workshop), "Field, Awakening" by Melis Aker (Signature Theatre / Corkscrew Festival) & the international tour of Le Negrophilie (Collymore Hall, Barbados; Ubumuntu Festival, Rwanda; Kampala Theater Festival, Uganda). Tatiana has served at director-choreographer and dramaturg for the ongoing development on the bilingual musical, "Azul, Otra Vez" (Blue, Revisited) at Tofte Lake Center, New York Theatre Workshop, BRIC, The Drama League. Other new play development includes projects with NYTW, Westport Country Playhouse, Cherry Lane Theatre Playwrights Festival, Pipeline Theatre Co., WalkUp Arts, Timucua Arts Center, PlayXPlay, Lanesboro Arts, IATI Theatre, Teatro LATEA. Upcoming: Development for "When My Mama was a Hitite" by Melis Aker at the Park Theatre in London and "Fefu and her Friends" by Maria Irene Fornes at Hofstra University. Tatiana is a Teaching Artist at the Atlantic Theatre Company, an adjunct professor at Hofstra University and an Associate Artist at Miami New Drama. She was a NYTW Directing Fellow and is a recipient of the 2018/2019 National Directors Fellowship from the O'Neill Center and Kennedy Center. Member of SDC. Representation: Paradigm. MFA: Columbia. www.tatianapandiani.com

Jacinta Clusellas:
is a composer, guitarist and arranger based in New York City. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jacinta brings together South American folklore, jazz and chamber music, in the context of songs influenced by poems, literature and nature from South America. Jacinta’s debut album El Pájaro Azulwas released in NYC, and published in Japan under the record label Inpartmaint Inc. She is currently working on her second album to be recorded in Bogota, Colombia in the spring of 2020 produced by West One Music (London). Jacinta is the composer of the new musical Azul Otra Vez(BRICLab, NYTW, The Drama League, The Habitat, Dramarist Guild Fellowship, NYC) as wells as the arranger, orchestrator and music director of I Am, a play with music(La MaMa, NYC). She has also worked as the Assistant Music Director at the Off-Broadway musical The Boy Who Danced On Air(Abingdon Theatre Company). Over the past few years, Jacinta has been invited to perform alongside notable Argentine artists such as Nito Mestre (Subrosa, NYC) Juan Falú (Americas Society/Council of the Americas, NYC) and Aca Seca Trío (Centro Cultural Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires). As a guitarist, she has performed in renowned venues such as the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub (Musical Theatre Factory), Drom, Subrosa, Le Poisson Rouge, the Connelly Theatre (NYC); Café Vinilo, Bebop Club (Buenos Aires); Mesón Nerudiano, Benevento Jazz (Santiago de Chile), La Estación (Quito), MAAC Cultura (Guayaquil), Atheneum Kelari (Athens), Vlatos Jazz (Crete). She has toured the US as a performer and an awarded resident artist, at South by Southwest [SXSW] (Austin, TX), Lanesboro Residency Program (Jerome Foundation, MN), Audacious Raw Theatre (MN), Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (WY), Tofte Lake Emerging Artists Residency (MN) as well as the Westben Performer - Composer Residency (Canada). She has participated in projects as an arranger for Grammy award-winning artists A.R. Rahman (Boston Symphony Hall) and Alejandro Sanz (Berklee Performance Center). As an educator, she has been a teaching artist and mentor for Music Across Borders at Lincoln Center, is a former member of the Carnegie Hall Music Educators Workshop, and a current teaching artist at the Very Young Composers Program for the New York Philharmonic. Jacinta holds a B.A. in Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music. www.jacintaclusellasmusic.com

Jonathan Portillo Sàenz:
Originally from Morelos, Mexico at a young age Jonathan started to pursue a career as a performer. At the age of 6, he started performing in different venues and stages around Mexico. He began studying consistently with several teachers he admires at different schools such as Espiral Rehilete, Escenarius México, Artestudio and Argos Casa Azul. While still in school he began working in theater and television in programs like “Desafío de Estrellas”, “La academia” and Peter Pan The Musical with Ocesa Teatro where he won the APT award for Best Young Actor. He also had the opportunity to do voice overs for such films as 21 & Over, The Untouchables and the tv series Becoming Human. At the age of 18, Jonathan came to New York City with scholarships to both summer intensives at American Ballet Theater and Joffrey Ballet School. After completing both intensives he was invited and accepted into the full year long Trainee Program at the Joffrey Ballet School where he studied there for three years. He is now currently finishing his last year at The Atlantic Acting School Conservatory Program.

LAUREN KIELE DELEON is a graduate from SUNY Purchase College with a BA in Theatre & Performance Directing and minor in Playwriting. As a Miami born and raised Latina theatre artist, Lauren’s work tends to focus on theatre for social change, new plays, climate change, and the female presenting body on stage. She is in the process of training with Intimacy Directors International to become a certified Intimacy Director. Selected directing credits include City Theatre Next Generation (Adrienne Arsht Center), Men On Boats (SUNY Purchase), Austentation (SUNY Purchase), Ladies of the Land (AD, Drama League), The One Minute Play Festival (INTAR), A Hannukah Carol (West of 10th), Playgrounds (The Lark), Serials (The Flea), Recipe for A Sellout (The Wild Project), Surely Goodness and Mercy (AD, Theatre Row), Stork (Hudson Guild Theatre), Tonantzin (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), and Bad Penny (AD, The Flea). Lauren is the Development Assistant at The Lark Theatre and a Resident Director at The Flea Theatre.

Phanesia Pharel:
is a playwright, performer, and lyricist. As a Caribbean American woman-she is interested in how the Black and Latin American diaspora can find the space to address trauma, societal limits and healing through storytelling. Her first monologue "MY KID, MY LIFE" was published in the 2015 City Theatre anthology. Her first one-act play “Penelope” was selected as one of four in the nation to be workshopped at the International Thespian Festival. It was later published in Dramatics Magazine and with dramatic publisher Samuel French. One of her plays “Shovel Me Away” was produced at Micro Theater Miami, receiving the “Best Of The Best 2016” award. She is a junior at Barnard College of Columbia University where she recently won the Brandt Playwriting award.


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