THE CAST / EL ELENCO
BIOS / BIOGRAFIAS
Andrea Abello (Oro) is a Colombian American actor, poet, and teaching artist. NYTW debut. Last seen Off-Broadway in Passage (Soho Rep.) Other select credits: Last Night in Inwood (Signature), A Doll's House, Part II (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), World Premiere of Dave Malloy and Anne Washburn’s Little Bunny Foo Foo (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Workshops at the Humana Festival, WP Theater, Colt Coeur, The Lark, INTAR, The Drama League, Two River Theater, Repertorio Español. Proud alum of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Upcoming: Faces (Apple TV+/Warner Bros.) written by Stephen King, produced by J.J. Abrams, and starring Julianne Moore. BFA: NYU Tisch. Love and thank you to my family, Cal, and this amazing team. Thrilled to be telling this story about Colombian women. andreaabello.com
Raquel Almazán (Playwright; Paloma) interdisciplinary artist, facilitator and activist. (M.F.A. – Playwriting, Columbia University). Her eclectic career spans performance, playwriting, devising and dramaturgy. She is a practitioner of Butoh Dance and creator/teacher of arts programs for youth/adults, focusing on social justice. Her work has been featured in New York City- including Off-Broadway, throughout the United States and internationally in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala and Sweden; including several of her plays within the (Latin is America play cycle) writing bi-lingual plays in dedication to each Latin American country. Professional Development residencies with Eugene O’Neill Center Playwrights Conference and The Playwrights' Center. Recipient of the NALAC Arts Grant, Kennedy Center’s Latinidad Award for her play CAFÉ, the Kate Neal Kinley Playwriting Fellowship and the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Prize. She is Artistic Director of La Lucha Arts dedicated to producing her new works. TV Credits: Law & Order: SVU, Limitless and The Blacklist.
Francisco Arcila (Younger Man) is delighted to make his NYTW debut! Credits include To The Bone, Más, Othello (Ubuntu Theater Project), Hedda Gabler (The Cutting Ball Theater), The Importance of Being Earnest (Encounters Theater Company) Twelfth Night (SF Shakespeare Festival). BA, University of California San Diego. Francisco is a proud founding member of Ubuntu Theater Project.
Galia Backal (Associate Director) has acted as director and creator for collaborative works including The Canciones Workshop (The Sol Project), A Very Girly Story (EAT), One Day Older (Theatre Row), Silence (The Tank), Nightcap (Match:Lit Theatre Company), and If I Dare (Layton Studios). She has worked with The Drama League, Samuel French, Atlantic Theater Company, La MaMa, The Broadway League, Theatre for a New Audience, The Tank, and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Other productions include West Side Story (Bay View Music Festival), Latch by Tom Mularz (Samuel French OOB Festival), Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph (Schaeberle), July 7, 1994 by Donald Margulies (Schaeberle), Macbeth the Musical (DTASC Festival), God's Country by Steven Dietz (DTASC Festival), and Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies (DTASC Festival).
Tatianna Casas Quiñonez (Social Media) is excited to help share this story through social media! She is also the Manager of Humanities and the Executive Assistant to the Artistic and Managing Directors at Theatre for a New Audience. Tatianna has a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Management with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Evansville in Indiana.
Alex Church-Gonzales (Assistant Director) is a director-designer-artist-hyphenate who loves wearing many, many hats. Originally from California, she is currently a directing major at Pace University and a costume designer nearly everywhere else in her life. She is currently a Resident Artist with Breaking & Entering Theatre Collective. Some previous credits include Everyone Hated Us (Dixon Place), How To Make Friends And Then Kill Them (Stand Up! Productions), Small Town Icons (Breaking & Entering Theatre Collective), A Play About Lucas Hnath... (Winterfest), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Pace University).
Estefanía Fadul (Director) is a Colombian-American stage director. Recent work includes the world premieres of Christina Quintana’s Azul (Southern Rep) and Scissoring (INTAR), Stefan Ivanov’s The Same Day (Sfumato Theatre, Bulgaria), Preston Max Allen and Jessica Kahkoska’s Agent 355 (Chautauqua Theatre Company), Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice (Heritage Theatre Festival), James Anthony Tyler’s Pranayama (Juilliard), and Matthew Paul Olmos’ asi van los fantasmas de méxico (Repertorio Español). Estefanía has developed new plays and musicals off-Broadway and regionally at the Public Theater, Playwrights' Realm, Long Wharf, The Drama League, Artists Repertory Theatre, Milagro, Musical Theatre Factory, LPAC, and Hi-Arts, among others. She is an alumna of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center/NNPN’s National Directors Fellowship, the Foeller Fellowship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Drama League Directors Project’s Fall Fellowship and TV Directing Fellowship, the Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español, and the NALAC Leadership Institute. She is a co-leader of the New Georges Jam, and a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons steering committee and the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab. B.A. Vassar College. Member of SDC.
Nathier Fernández (Key Art) is a New York-based multidisciplinary designer and artist. As a designer, she creates rich visual landscapes that materialize in spaces, experiences and installations with commissions throughout the spectrum of performing arts and entertainment industries. She holds a Masters of Professional Studies in Interactive Telecommunications [ITP] from NYU and a Bachelors of Arts in Design from Universidad de Los Andes, with a minor in Communication and studies in Art and Biology.
Annabel Guevara (Community Events Producer) is a Theatre administrator and producer. She began her career in arts administration ten years ago and her career on stage at age eleven. She is currently the Manager of Executive Office Programs at Theatre Communications Group, where she is dedicated to advancing the not-for-profit theatre. She advocates for more POC stories and representation on our world stages and loves to see the work of her brilliant dear friends, like Raquel Almazan, soar.
Zuleyma Guevara (Soliar) was last in the world premier of “Azul” at Southern Rep in New Orleans, before that she played Nora in the Actors Theatre of Louisville production of A Dolls House Part 2. Other credits include: De Novo at New York Theater Workshop: the world premiere of Uncommon Sense for the Tectonic Theatre Project. New Jersey premier of Water by the Spoonful at Premier Stages, Columbia Stages La Paloma Prisoner and The Hour of The Star, the world premier of Seven Spots on the Sun at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Working Theatre's production of La Ruta. Film/TV credits include Law and Order, CBS Limitless, Fox’s Gotham, Designated Survivor, Sonia's Choice for the #imhere campaign, Rope Art, Danny Boy and New York State of Mind. She is also featured in the soon to be released Third Trinity.
Daniela Hart (Co-Sound Design) is a second-year M.F.A. candidate at the Yale School of Drama. Some sound design and composition credits include Two Mile Hollow and Avital (Yale Cabaret); References (Harvard Radcliffe at ART), Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet (Vermont Shakespeare); Neighborhood 3, Must Wash Hands (Rattlestick Theater); References (Harvard Radcliffe at ART) and The Parlour (Soho Rep), Destination: Oasis (Columbia University), i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it (The Wild Project), TRAPPER (4th Street Theater), The Other Kids Ran Away (New Ohio) and Smashed the Opera(HERE Arts). She has music directed with La Mama Iphigenia and Brooklyn College on Speech and Debate and was a Resident Director at The Flea Theater. Daniela is also a producer, composer and sound designer with her company UptownWorks based in NYC.
Aoife Hough (Assistant Stage Manager) is a stage manager and theatre-maker, hailing originally from the Pacific Northwest but now residing in Brooklyn. She is passionate about queer theatre and the creation of new musicals, and has recently worked on productions with Next Door @ NYTW, HERE Arts Center, Joe's Pub @ The Public, Generator Theatre Company and Ping Chong + Company. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Reed College.
Hayley Isaacson (Associate Producer)
Elizagrace Madrone (Community Partners Liaison) is a theater-maker, lyricist, and writer. Dramaturgy: Ancient Greek Corn (HERE), Simulacrum (3LD), Black Garden (Théâtre de l’Opprimé), and LORDES (Ice Factory 2019). Writer: Exquisite Corpse Company’s Ribbon About A Bomb, the audio-immersive experience Stranger, Random People Production’s Bufo Boreas, Wool Sucker (debut album Plastic Wings), a band/performance piece with composer Alex Minier, and strange dissonance, a multi-media collaboration with composer Elsa Nilsson.
Elizabeth Mak (Lighting Design) is a Singapore-born NYC-based interdisciplinary designer. Regional designs include Miss You Like Hell (Baltimore Center Stage); Tiny Houses (Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Bridges of Madison County (Philadelphia Theatre Company); The Phantom Tollbooth (Weston Playhouse); Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theater); and The Square Root of Three Sisters (International Festival of Arts and Ideas). New York City designs include work with the Public Under the Radar Festival, The Barrow Group, New Ohio Ice Factory, TWUSA, HERE Arts Center, and IATI. She is a resident designer with Albany Park Theater Project Chicago (Port of Entry, Ofrenda), a graduate of Yale School of Drama, and a member of IATSE Local USA829 and Wingspace Theatrical Design. elizabethmak.com.
Melanie May (Scenic and Props Design) Born and raised in Colombia, Melanie May is a Scenic Designer and Art Director working between New York and Bogotá. Melanie's sensibility pursues to create rich and compelling universes through visual storytelling. Recent credits include 'Lordes', presented at the New Ohio Theater's Ice Factory, 'On This Side of The World' a new musical about the Filipino immigrant experience, 'Lost Girls' (Netflix, Sundance), and 'Henry V' by Saheem Ali (NYU). MFA, Tisch School of the Arts.
Rocio Mendez (Fight and Intimacy Director) is an actor/fight director/teacher from Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. Fight | Intimacy Direction credits include: Love in Hate Nation (Two River), On The Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf), The Bandaged Place (PowerHouse), The Secret life of Bees (Atlantic), Leap and The Net Will Appear (New Georges), The Royale (Geva Theater), Southern Promises, Good Friday (The Flea Theater), Marian; and The True tale of Robin Hood, Hearts like fists (Flux Theater Ensemble). Film credits include Bad Writing, Clandestiny, Tied Up, Hurt filling. Nominee for two New York Innovative Theater Arts Award - Outstanding Choreography and Movement, Winner for Artemis “Women In Action” Film Festival. Rocio is a Team Member of Unkle Dave’s Fight House.
Noel Nichols (Co-Sound Design) is a current second-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama. Recent sound design credits include “In His Hands”, “Fun Home” (Yale School of Drama) “We are Proud to Present…”, “How to Relearn Yourself” (Yale Cabaret) “Latinos Who Look Like Ricky Martin” (Yale Summer Cabaret) "The Prisoner" (PSE, Yale Repertory Theatre) "Counting Pebbles" (Faultline Ensemble); Select NY Credits include "Underground Railroad Game", "Sundown Yellow Moon" (Ars Nova, Sound Supervisor) "Ghost Card" (Fullstop Collective, Sound Design), “The Love of the Nightingale” (Atlantic Theater Co., Asst. SD) and others.
Mel Nieves (Older Man) is a native New Yorker. He is a Actor-Playwright-Arts Educator and a long time member of the award winning LAByrinth Theater Company and The Actor's Studio Playwright-Director Unit. As an actor, "Short Eyes", "Bent", "Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue", "Sangre". As an Playwright, "Frederic Douglass and The Fallen Angels" (Semi-Finalist Eugene O'Neil Theatre Conference/Princess Grace Playwright Fellowship/Steppenwolf Theatre Company's The Mix), "The Spirit, The Body & The Blood" (Semi-Finalist Princess Grace Playwright Fellowship). His work as a playwright has been presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Actor's Studio, LAByrinth Theater Company, Repertorio Espanol and San Diego Repertory's Amigo's Del Rep. Currently a writer with LITCouncil Men of Color Playwright Residency and The Tank's Pilot Program Writer's Group. His play "Los Embrujados/The Haunted Ones" was published by Original Works Publishing. SAG-AFTRA/AEA/Dramatist Guild
Gladys Pérez (Diana) is thrilled to play Diana in this world premiere of La Paloma Prisoner. Some of her theatrical credits include workshops over the years of Paloma (always as Diana) as well as New York and touring productions that include Implications of Cohabitation, Malasangre/Bad Blood, Tiene la Muerte Atada, Boxing 2000, Song of the Simple Truth: El Canto de Julia de Burgos, among others. Her TV and film credits include Ray Donovan, God Friended Me, Kevin Can Wait, Law & Order: SVU, and Canned (a short film which she also co-wrote and produced). Gladys is a founder and principal of GLAMSA Productions, LLC, a woman-owned and operated entertainment company. Shout out to the most amazing husband and best parents ever… and to the sweet Betty!
Katie Rosin, Kampfire PR/Marketing (Press Agent) was instrumental in the launch of the Broadway musical Brooklyn and the National Tour of Mother Load. Kampfire has been integral in multidimensional campaigns for New York Innovative Theatre Award Recipients, GLAAD Award winners, back-to-back NYMF Best of Fest winners, and Drama Desk nominees. Off-Broadway highlights include: The Little Match Girl, St. Luke’s; unFRAMED, John Jay College Performing Arts Center; GLAAD Award Nominee, She Like Girls, Ohio Theater; Glimpses of the Moon, Algonquin Hotel; IT Awards recipient, Elizabeth Rex, Center Stage; Triple Threat: 2007 Drama Desk Nominee (mis)UNDERSTANDING MAMMY: The Hattie McDaniel Story, Theatre 5.
Lisette Santiago (Percussionist) is a percussionist, vocalist and composer from Brooklyn, NY. At age nine, Lisette was accepted into The Metropolitan Children's Opera and later received both classical and jazz vocal training at LaGuardia H.S. of Music and Art and Columbia University's joint program with The Juilliard School. Versed in Latin percussion, Lisette was first recognized as one of a handful of female Batá players in the U.S.- studying and performing with Cuban legends such as Amelia Pedroso, Pancho Quinto and Jose Luis "Chanquito" Quintana. Lisette also thrived in New York City's Brazilian music scene. As a band member of "Beat the Donkey," Lisette performed with award winning, Brazilian musician Cyro Baptista. Lisette has recorded and performed with artists such as Cyro Baptista, Jeremy Pelt, Ron Carter, Billy Drummond, Bill Cole, Warren Smith, Alex Blake, Vernon Reid, Trey Anastasio etc. She has played throughout the US and Europe and in notable venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Hall, Dizzy's Club Coca- Cola and The Kennedy Center. Lisette is endorsed by Latin Percussion and Master Work Cymbals.
Liz Schweitzer (Master Electrician/Assistant Lighting Designer) is a New York City based Lighting Designer. As a Lighting Designer and Assistant Lighting Designer she has worked at MTC, Roundabout, The Signature, La Mama Experimental Theater, The Vineyard Theatre, and The Tank. She is a proud graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University, and the Juilliard Apprenticeship Program. More info about Liz and her work can be found at lizlights.com.
Monica Steuer (Marilynn) is a trilingual award-winning actress whose latest credits include: Fur (NYTW@NextDoor ); Sweat (People’s Light, PA); The Conduct Of Life (Boundless Theatre Co, NY); Alpha66 (T.Schreiber Studios, NY); Prospect (Boundless Theatre Co, NY) and The House of The Spirits, (Gala Hispanic Theatre, D.C.) TV&FILM: Law & Order: SVU; Destiny Has No Favorites (Best Actress at Viña del Mar IFF, Chile); 200 Letters with Lin Manuel Miranda; Sleeping With the Fishes with Gina Rodriguez; America with Edward James Olmos and The Ministers with Harvey Keitel and John Leguizamo. Monica is also a renowned VO artist with a client list that includes: Macys, HBO, Giorgio Armani and The Library of Congress to mention a few. She is a graduate of The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts and she is very happy to be a part of this amazing cast bringing to life La Paloma Prisoner! For more information, please visit
Fulvia Vergel (Mama/Warden) is an award-winning actor and dancer from Barranquilla, Colombia. For many years, she was part of the Ballet Folklorico de Gloria Pena in her native city. She can be seen in television commercials and heard in radio commercials and voice-overs. She was cast for the play off-Broadway THE EMPTY BEACH written by the Spanish writer Sebastian Junyent. She also interpreted the role of the wife in the David Maldonado’s production of WHO KILLED HECTOR LAVOE. She had the opportunity to study with teachers such as Herbert Bergoff, Alba Oms, Gene Frankel, and Bram Lewis and is a winner of the A.C.E award for best supporting actor. Other credits include: Coyote Take Me There, She Looks White and more. She is an active member of the Spanish Repertory Theatre performing at the play: Chronicle Of A death Foretold written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and directed by the Colombian Director Jorge Ali Triana. Among her few film credits, is a featured role in Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry.
Teresa Yenque (Loba) a true pioneer in Spanish-language theatre, and one who has paved the way for many others. Leaving behind her native Peru at just 19, she had the courage to follow her passion and begin to train in some of the New York theatres where she would later perform. She made her Broadway debut in A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Natasha Richardson. Ms.Yenque just completed a successful run of the US premiere of the stage version of Like Water for Chocolate at the GALA Theater in Washington DC, and Zoe Kazan’s After the Blast at the Lincoln Center. Theatergoers can see her in The House of Bernarda Alba at Spanish Repertory Theater as well as in her many guest appearances throughout the years in TV shows and films on all networks. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1200804/?ref_=pro_nm_visitcons;
Haydee Zelideth (Costume Design)
Emely Zepeda (Production Stage Manager) Select works as Production Stage Manager: I Am My Own Wife (Long Wharf), Only Human (St. Clement’s), Tech Support (59E59), Till (NYMF), Zen A.M. and I Am Antigone (Theater for the New City), Hatef**k (WP Theater), Ann and Skeleton Crew (Dorset Theatre Festival), Thunderbodies (Soho Rep), Soft Butter (Ars Nova), Spring Fling 2018 (IRT Theatre), Melt (High Line), Chix 6 (La MaMa), Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theatre), and The Hook, A View from the Bridge, Shakespeare on Stratford, The Plantation, and Ms. Julie, Asian Equities (Brave New World Repertory Theatre). Emely has an MFA in stage management from the Yale School of Drama. She is pleased to be a part of La Paloma Prisoner and welcomes you to join us.
Playwright: Raquel Almazán
Director: Estefanía Fadul
Scenic and Props Design: Melanie May
Costume Design: Haydee Zelideth
Lighting Design: Elizabeth Mak
Sound Design: Daniela Hart & Noel Nichols
Fight & Intimacy Director: Rocío Mendez
Production Stage Manager: Emely Zepeda*
Assistant Stage Manager: Aoife Hough
Associate Director: Galia Backal
Assistant Director: Alex Church-Gonzales
Associate Producer: Hayley Isaacson
Production Manager: Aislinn Curry
Master Electrician/Assistant Lighting Designer: Liz Schweitzer
Community Partners Liaison: Elizagrace Madrone
Community Events Producers: Annabel Guevara and Poetic Theater Productions
Social Media: Tatianna Casas Quiñonez
Key Art: Nathier Fernandez
Publicity: Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR