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QSTC - Nozomi Williams Reading Series


Nozomi - Hope


Playwright: Alejandro Rodriguez is a theater artist from Miami. His most recent work, In My Body, a collaboration with the street dance company, Bboyizm, is currently on tour across Canada and Latin America. He is a former core company member with Quick Silver Theater Company
and is a graduate of Juilliard.

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Alba:  is a contemporary adaptation of Lorca’s masterpiece, House of Bernarda Alba, set in a working-class Miami neighborhood. It explores the dynamics of a house governed by a strong-willed Cuban matriarch, Alba Romero, as she tries to shepherd her three daughters into adulthood in a world filled with predatory systems run by predatory men. The play maintains Lorca’s touches of magic and poetry, yet seeks to further illuminate and understand the actions of these oft-misunderstood survivors.

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Director: Tatyana-Marie Carlo (ella/she) is a proud
Puerto Rican director from Miami who received her MFA in Directing from Brown University and her
BFA in Acting from New World School of the Arts.

She has directed a diverse body of works, a detailed collection of her work can be found at
Coming Soon: Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill at
 Hartford Stage

CINDY PERALTA - ALBA :  was born and raised in NYC. 
An Afro-Taina actor descended from the Dominican Republic has been acting since the age of 19.  With multiple lead roles under her belt such as the critically acclaimed Vámonos starring as Juana the matriarch. She was nominated as Best Actress in a Play 2019 (Broadway New Jersey) for playing two distinguishing roles simultaneously. Her background is mostly in theatre, short films and multiple comedic web series.

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HAYDEE ROSARIO - JOSEFINA Haydee Rosario is a Bronx-based actress, model, and mother of five from the Dominican Republic. Driven by her experiences growing up and by her migration to New York, she is passionate about becoming the best version of herself—staying committed to hard work in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. After retiring from the Department Of Education where she worked as a Teacher Assistant, Haydee has dedicated herself to combating ageism in media/fashion by pursuing a career as a model and actress. 

DANAYA ESPERANZA - ANGIE : OFF-BROADWAY: Comedy of Errors, for colored girls . . . , Tempest, Twelfth Night (The Public). Misanthrope (Molière in The Park). Merchant of Venice (TFANA/STC). Bayano (NBT). Play On! Shakespeare (CSC/OSF). Breitwisch Farm (Esperance). Mary Jane, Othello (NYTW). Men on Boats (Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb). Washeteria (Soho Rep). Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature). REGIONAL: The Bleeding Class (Chautauqua). Midsummer (Folger). Alma (DCPA). Annie Salem . . . (NYSF). Joe Turner Vino y Se Fue (Seattle Rep). Romeo and Juliet (STC). Protect the Beautiful Place (McCarter). Another Word for Beauty (Goodman). ZOOM & PODCASTS/RADIO: Coriolanus (Play On). Isolated Incidents (Rattlestick/Broadway Podcast Network). Missing Them (Working Theater). Coriolanus (Next Chapter Podcasts). The Bleeding Class (Geva). Mother's Tongue (Milwaukee Rep). Letters From Cuba (Acting Company). Alma (ATC). FILM: After Party. TELEVISION: The Blacklist, Elementary. TRAINING: The Juilliard School.

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INÉS DEL CASTILLO - AMELIA :  is a bilingual actress & writer. She began her career as a company member of the Spanish Repertory Theatre, most notably in In The Time of the Butterflies. Her BFA focused on creating original work, such as her full-length play, Bear, Woman, which was a part of QSTC’s Playwrights of Color Summit. TV & VO credits include: Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, FBI: Most Wanted, Alma’s Way, Bullet Catcher, Archangel.

LAURYN HAYES - ADELA : is a classically trained dancer and graduate from Marymount Manhattan College. Hayes  recently enjoyed an acting debut in Tony winner, Kenny Leon's Hamlet as an ensemble member and featured dancer.

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GUADALÍS DEL CARMEN - YOLANDA : Guadalís Del Carmen is a Black Dominican playwright, screenwriter, and performer. She’s performed in Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (The Rep St. Louis), La Egoista (Actors Theater of Louisville). Her plays include Bees & Honey (MCC Theater/The SOL Project, 2023), My Father’s Keeper (Citizen One Reading Series, 2018), Not For Sale (nominated for a Jeff Award in 2019), My Father's Keeper (The Kilroys Honorable Mention, 2019), Bees and Honey (MCC Theater/The Sol Project, 2023), and Daughters of the Rebellion (The Kilroys Honorable Mention, 2017). Guadalís is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Latinx Playwrights Circle and a founding member of the Dominican Artist Collective.

YOHANNA FLORENTINO - GLADYS : Yohanna Florentino is a Black artist born in the Dominican Republic who intends to represent the broadness and brilliance of Black people from the diaspora. Yohanna was last seen in the Off-Broadway production of VÁMONOS. Other credits: The Old Settler (Morningside Players Theater, AUDELCO Award), Fractured (New Circle Theatre Company), The Cooking Project (New York Theatre Workshop), 48 Hours in…El Bronx (Harlem9), Dark Seed (Peacock) and FBI: MOST WANTED (CBS).
Yohanna is a member of AEA. 


MAITE BONILLA - MIRTA/1ST & 2ND PARISHIONER : is an Inwood Art Works grantee 2021 for her screenplay “I Am Poem ''.  She’s also an award winning actress and nominee from several prestigious Latino awards such as ACE, HOLA, LATA, and ATI for her role as "Ramona'' from the novel  "En el nombre de Salomé'' from Julia Alvarez  (In the name of Salome) at Repertorio Espanol.  Ms. Bonilla directed, co wrote and starred in her first short  film La Entreviú which won Best Actress, Best screenwriter and Best Short (second place) for FEMUJER film festival (2019) in the Dominican Republic, La Entreviu also won third place in The Dominican Film Festival in New York City (2018) and won Best Audience Award at the Official Latino Film Festival in New York. She is currently performing OFF Broadway as Beli in the play The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, based on Junot Díaz's Pulitzer Prize winner novel at Repertorio Español.     

REYNALDO PINIELLA - POETReynaldo Piniella was seen on Broadway in Trouble in Mind and Thoughts of a Colored Man, Off-Broadway at Signature, the Public, TFANA, Rattlestick and Working Theater, regionally at Baltimore Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival,
Actors Theatre of Louisville, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, O’Neill, Sundance Theatre Lab and Cleveland Play House.
TCG Fox Fellow and alum of New Victory's LabWorks
and the Civilians R&D Group. @ReynaldoRey.

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