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Book Writer and Lyricist
Mario Vega
Mario Vega is a playwright/lyricist/digital artist from Southern California. He is a graduate from San Diego State University and is currently obtaining his MFA in playwriting at UCLA. He has written the book and lyrics to four full length musicals on top of multiple plays. His work explores Latino identity and the borderlands through lenses of satire and fantasy. Insta @mariovegajr_
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Composer and Lyricist
Eliza Vedar
Email: [email protected] Eliza Vedar (She/They) is a multifaceted sound designer, composer, music director, and pianist. Eliza’s work has been featured in theatrical productions at La Jolla Playhouse, TuYo Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, Common Ground Theatre and various educational institutions including: San Diego State University, CSU San Marcos, and University of San Diego.
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Director and Conceiver
Maria Patrice Amon
Maria Patrice Amon is a director, producer, scholar, and leader. Directing: Hoops (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre) A Skeptic and a Bruja (Urbanite Theatre) Group! The Musical (Passage Theatre) Hoopla! (La Jolla Playhouse POP Tour) Azul (Diversionary Theatre) Mojada (UCSD) A Zoom of One’s Own (CSUSM) Ich Bin Ein Berliner (Theatre Lab) DREAM HOU$E (CSUSM/TuYo Theatre) Fade (Moxie Theatre), The Madres (Moxie Theatre) Lydia (Brown Bag Theatre Company). Dramaturg: Manifest Destinitis (San Diego Rep), Beachtown (San Diego Rep). Patrice was a 2020 National Directing Fellow, and an Associate Artistic Director at San Diego Repertory Theatre, a 2023 Classical Directing Fellow. She is currently a LTC Steering Committee member, and a board member for NNPN. Patrice is an associate professor at CSUSM. JD: California Western School of Law. PhD: UC Irvine. www.mariapatriceamon.com
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Stage Manager
Andrea Morin Fernandez
Andrea Morin Fernandez is a San Diego/Tijuana based freelance theatre artist. Andrea's transborder experience informs all of the facets of her artistic work. She holds a double major in Theatre Arts and Spanish from SDSU. She has been a part of Las Fotos Project, the Borderclick photography collective, the Transfronterizx Alliance Student Organization, and Amigos del REP, a theatre council that promotes Latinx theatre in San Diego. You can find Andrea working backstage this summer with TuYo Theatre and around San Diego and Tijuana this fall with the Globe For All tour. Gracias por estar aquí apoyando el arte.
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Assistant Stage Manager
Abby Chacon
Abby Chacón is a local artist who has experience in theatre from being involved in plays from Tijuana and San Diego. Abby is passionate about theatre and hopes to be involved in plays that move audiences. She also hopes to have opportunities to help create plays that are impactful and meaningful. Abby is very grateful for the opportunities that she has received, and hopes that everyone enjoys the show.
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Set Designer and Projections
Jesus Hurtado
Jesus Hurtado is a Scenic and Projection designer for theater, film, and live events. He received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theater Design from The University of Southern California, class of 2022. Jesus’ recent works as an associate or assistant designer includes: The Outsiders (Broadway, Jacobs Theater), Redwood (La Jolla Playhouse), SUMO (La Jolla Playhouse), Destiny of Desire (Old Globe Theater), The Ants (Geffen Playhouse), Summer 1976 (Manhattan Theater Club), and The Harder They Come (The Public Theater). Some of his own designs includes, Pasale Pasale (WOW Festival, LJP), Mary Poppins (Village Christian School), The Red Suitcase (The Broadwater), Arsenic and Old Lace (VCS), and Singin in the Rain (VCS).
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Costume Designer
Carmen Amon
Carmen Amon is a proud Queer Chicanx Costume Designer in the Greater San Diego area.She has been working professionally as a Freelance Costume Designer since 2016. She graduated the same year with a Bachelor's Degree in Theater with an Emphasis in Costume Design from San Diego State University.Her designs have been featured at the Old Globe’s Globe for All, the La Jolla Playhouse’s POP Tour, San Diego Repertory Theater, MOXIE Theater, New Village Arts, Junior Theater, San Diego State University, Southwestern College, Pacific Ridge School, as well as Passage Theater in New Jersey and Urbanite Theater in Florida.
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Lighting Designer
Annelise Salazar
Annelise Raquel Salazar is a San Diego-based designer by way of Los Angeles. Her most recent work includes; On Her Shoulders at TuYo Theatre, Desert Rock Garden at New Village Arts, Mother of the Maid at Moxie, San Diego Ballets Giselle, and Assistant Lighting Designer on Water by the Spoonful at Cygnet Theatre. Anneliese has a lot of upcoming projects in the San Diego Area; she invites you to visit her website for more information on her past and future work. BFA, Millikin University MFA, SDSU
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Props Designer
Samantha Rojales
Samantha Rojales is so excited to work on this immersive maze experience. Some scenic credits include: Middletown (CSU San Marcos), The Revolutionists (CSU San Marcos), Si Se Puede (TuYo Theatre), On Her Shoulders We Stand (TuYo Theatre), Azul (Diversionary Theatre), Dream Hou$e (CSU San Marcos/TuYo Theatre), Without A Net (Malashock Dance), Boeing Boeing (CSU San Marcos), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe), Sweat (SD Rep, Asst. SD). Projection credits: Sweat (SD Rep), Bad Hombres, Good Wives (SD Rep), JFest (SD Rep). Samantha earned an MFA in Scenic Design from UC San Diego.
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John Spafford
Much of John’s theatrical experience developed during a 34-year career at SeaWorld, both while training the animals, and writing, producing and directing entertainment. He also has been active as a director, actor, designer, and craftsperson in local and regional theatre. A few years ago, he built a workshop in his back yard, and now enjoys building props and Scenery.
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Jesus Vasquez
I am a passionate and dedicated Business Management student at San Diego State University with a deep enthusiasm for the entertainment industry, particularly in the film production process. My experiences as an Associate Producer and Lead Cultura Educator have equipped me with strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills. I have coordinated theatrical productions and marketing campaigns, which has only intensified my desire to work in the film industry. I am eager to contribute to the production and making of movies, combining my creativity and management skills to bring captivating stories to life on the big screen.
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Denise Lopez
Denise Lopez is a versatile theater artist who is passionate about creating theater that reflects and actively involves her community's voices and experiences. Stage Management: The Age of Innocence (The Old Globe), The Harvest, Devil in a Box (Onstage Playhouse), Las Cuatro Milpas (TuYo Theater), Celebrando Latinas (El Latino San Diego). Acting: DayDreamer: A New Musical (TuYo Theater), Just Like Us (SDCC), The Vagina Monologues (UCSB). Directing:The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity" (NYU Latinx Theatre Collective, AD), The Vagina Monologues" (SDCC). De San Ysidro para el mundo.
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Mikaela Rae Macias
Mikaela Rae Macias (she/her) is grateful to have her first opportunity as one of the Producers for TuYo Theatre’s Pasale Pasale! When she is not producing, the last production you may have seen her perform in is Vanity Fair at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Other works you may have seen her in are: Intersections/Revolution: A Conversation on Queerness & Color (SDSU), Regional: Seasons: A New Musical Cycle (Oceanside Theatre Company) The Finish Lines Series: Business Ideas (Cygnet Theatre); Love All (La Jolla Playhouse), Chronicles of Kalki, Mother of the Maid (Craig Noel Nomination, Moxie Theatre); Into the Breeches (North Coast Repertory Theatre); The Mad Ones (Wildsong Productions); Songs for a New World, West Side Story (BroadwayWorld SD Nominations, Teatros SD); Noel, Noel (SD Symphony). Education: B.A in Theatre Performance at SDSU. Instagram: @mikaelaraemacias
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John Padilla
John Padilla, a veteran San Diego actor is looking forward to his first producing production with TuYo Theatre. John’s performance credits include “The Madres” at The Moxie, “Bad Hombres/Good Wives” and “Manifest Destinitis” at the SD Rep as well as the La Jolla Playhouse/San Diego Rep production of “El Henry”, Moxie Theater in “References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot”, San Diego Repertory Theater in “Zoot Suit” “Water & Power”, “Burning Patience”, “Marriage Is Forever” and “Bandido”. The Ion Theater in “La Gaviota” and “Elliot a Soldiers Fugue”. The Old Globe Theater in “Night of the Iguana”, “Comedy of Errors “, “White Linen”. The Latino Ensemble of San Diego productions of “Short Eyes”, “The Last Angry Brown Hat” and “Ay Compadre” (San Diego & Los Angeles). Still love music…. Musical productions of “Man Of La Mancha”, “Pirates Of Penzance”, “Oklahoma”, “The Fantastiks” , “Nine” and “Evita”. John was also a key member and assisted in the development of the “Amigos Del Rep” play reading series.
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Ellis Vedar
Ellis Vedar is a Los Angeles based voice actor and freelance stage technician, most recently working with Center Theatre Group and Iama.
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Production Assistant
Ariadna Hernandez
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Graphic Designer
Alex Ayala
Born and raised in San Diego, Alex Ayals is a self-taught freelance artist specializing in wet and dry mediums. Alex creates Art that is fueled by women, introspection, and finding beauty in sadness. She paints figures entangled in color and varying line weights to express the tumult and joy of existing in this brief and finite space. Like many others, Alex uses Art as a therapeutic tool for self-expression and to process the world around her.
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Dr. Antonio De La Garza
Dr. Antonio Tomas De La Garza is a writer, community organizer, and professor of Chicano Studies specializing in community-based interventions in the Borderlands. Dr. De La Garza’s commitment to peacebuilding extends to cross-border initiatives in Tijuana, MX. He has successfully written and administered grants addressing chronic violence targeting migrants and refugees. He has received recognition for his work, including the 2021 Dr. Cliff Harkens Distinguished Service Award (Northern Arizona University), the 2019, 2021, and 2023 CSU President’s Award for Exceptional Service.
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Dr. Katie Turner
Dr. Katie Turner is a scholar-practitioner in theatre. She holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Theatre History and Dramatic Literature. This year marks her 6th year as a lecturer in Theatre at San Diego State University, and her first year as the new owner of the Meisner-Chekhov Integrated Training Studio in San Diego! She is also an experienced actor, director, producer, and playwright. In 2022, her play Iris and the Axe was awarded the “Outside the Box” award at the San Diego International Theatre Fringe Festival. Katie was the founding director of Turnkey Theatre from 2020-2023, which specialized in creating new interactive and immersive productions in collaboration with emerging artists in San Diego and beyond. She is excited to be working with TuYo Theatre again after her wonderful experience helping produce their 2022 production of On Her Shoulders We Stand.
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Rain Garcia
Rain Garcia is a recent graduate from San Diego State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. With four years of experience in social media and brand management, Rain has honed their skills in crafting compelling narratives and engaging diverse audiences. Passionate about promoting and supporting the arts and theatre, she is excited to contribute their expertise to this production. Through her work, Rain aims to elevate the visibility and appreciation of the arts within the community.
Sound Board Opperator
Albert Pratt
Production Assistant
Jake Parvin