Marcos Lopez came up out of Ventura California and found his way to Minneapolis, via various hamlets and cities along the trail. After the passing of his beloved friend Yolanda he turned to acting. Last November he was seen at Park Square Theatre in The House on Mango Street and is a current member of the Actor’s Studio with Lev Mailer. This is Marcos’ first Teatro del Pueblo appearance and dedicates this performance to his late Mother.
Maria Isabel Gonzalez has been part of Teatro del Pueblo as actor and educator. She has also participated in The Buddha Prince through TigerLions Arts co-directing and performing the Vagina Monologues Seoul, which was the first time the play was performed in South Korea. She also directed “Clementina” at Kyung Hee University. She loves the twin cities for its diverse cultural arts.
Ykatirina “Katia” Cardenas is a singer, actor, dancer, and teaching artist from the west coast. She came to the Twin Cities in 2006 to attend Macalester College, and has since performed with Pangea World Theater, Theater Unbound, Nautilus Music Theater, the Eat Street Players and is a company member with Teatro Del Pueblo.
Sheila Regan is happy to be working with Teatro del Pueblo again, after working with the company six years ago as Educational Coordinator. Her recent stage work has included “Drowning” with Ghostbridge Theatre, “Our Town” with Nightpath Theatre and a Minnesota Fringe show called “Playne Jayne” which she co-wrote. Other theaters in town she’s worked with include Savage Umbrella, Theatre UnBound, Theatre in the Round and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. She has also acted in a number of independent film projects and contributes to the Star Tribune, City Pages, MN Artists and TC Daily Planet.
Stephanie Ruas has most recently performed in The House on Mango Street at Park Square Theatre, and Bandara with Teatro del Pueblo and Pangea World Theater. She earned her B.B.A. in Marketing and Theatre from the University of Notre Dame, where she also was a member of the university’s official concert choir, Chorale.
Francisco Benavides is a local actor/clown who likes to explore physicality, stupidity and childishness as ways of making profound moments that people enjoy watching. He doesn’t always succeed but failure is it’s own sweet joy. He performs regularly throughout the city.
Silvia Pontaza has participated in other Teatro del Pueblo productions acting and directing. She teaches in theatre residencies to children and adults. She has written several plays and currently works writing scripts for radio-novelas and producing her own radio show.
Alberto Justiniano is the founder and Artistic Director of Teatro del Pueblo. He has been active as a director, playwright, and independent producer for both film and theater. As a playwright, he has written three plays for children, which have been produced at Stepping Stone Theatre and six full-length stage plays for adults, four of which have been produced. His artistic focus has always been on educating the public concerning multi-cultural themes. Some of his projects include working with Hazelwood, one of the first schools in the north side of Belfast, Northern Ireland to be integrated, and developing collaborative programming to foster understanding between Hmong and Latino communities. His many honors include the 1993 Many Voices Residency Award from the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, the 1994 Leadership and Arts Award, 2008 Fransico Rosal community award and 2010 Target community award.