Duration Time: 45 minutes
INSIDE YOUR HEAD
Rodolfo Marroquín Playwright
Originally from Santiago de Querétaro, he began writing short stories and poetry since he was 10. He wanted to become a doctor, later an executive chef but dropped out from both. In the end, the stars aligned and showed him the way back to writing after living briefly in Oslo, Norway. He moved to Mexico City and began his major in Modern English Literature while working on his craft and passion: writing and telling stories.
Since then, he has worked subtitling series and movies, as a freelance writer for private companies, and as a translator for movie projects in the U.S. (with MGM, Amazon, and other independent films). Starting from 2020, he has been working for Frank Ariza, the Spaniard director, writer, and producer of movies and series. Throughout 2020 he worked in parallel writing the screenplay for a short film. The last year challenged him the most but provided him with the time and spark needed to finish his first book, a novel, which is scheduled to be published next year.
María Renée Lavalle
Director / Lila
Maria Renée is an NYC based queer actor, director and creator born and raised in Mexico City. Some of her acting credits include the Emmy Nominated Show Hasta Que Te Conocí, Off-Broadway Julio Down by the Schoolyard with INTAR Theater (where she's a proud member of Unit52), I'd Rather Be Me music video of Mean Girls on Broadway, La Noche De Los Alebrijes, Puerto Vallarta, Jal. Mexico, with One Blue Cat /MundoMilagro/ ArtVallarta, LORDES at Columbia University, Measure for Measure with Experimental Bitch Presents & voice over on the international award winning shortfilm Division Avenue. She studied Acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA 18') in NYC. Maria Renée is the Founder & Artistic Director of LavaHouse Performing Arts. Her goal with LavaHouse is to be able to connect with passionate artists like herself from all around the world to work & collaborate together in new, explosive and over the roof work, specially under the circumstances we are facing globally right now.
Valeria A. Avina
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
Queer Mexican artist, Director, Producer and Voice Coach based in NYC, born and raised in Durango, Mexico. She is a Certified Assistant teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and The Fitzmaurice Institute Regional Coordinator of Latin America. Currently she teaches vocal technique at Fordham University. Proud member of Intar UNIT52, BBR Productions, The Dramatist Guild, NALIP, Cayenne Film Festival, FLOW Film Festival, and El Colectivo LGBTTTIQ from Durango,Mx.
Valeria has performed in prolific companies and festivals such as All for One Theater, Dixon Place, Drama League, INTAR, Danisarte, Teatro SEA, Bushwick Starr, The Tank, The Lark, Noor Theater, La Micro Theater, Shakespeare in the Park (IA), Judson Church, and more.Some of her TV/Film credits are commercial for the NBA, Target, Cadillac, Revlon, Mastercard and an episode for Ralph Friedman TV Series, The perfect Murder and POSE (FX).Currently, she will performed HONDURAS by Sara Farrignton, Directed by Evan Zes at The ONE Festival in their One Care Initiative.
Jacqueline is a bi-lingual Mexican actress, born and raised in border towns Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico & Brownsville Texas. She received her BFA in Acting from Texas State University and studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon, UK.
Her work includes numerous commercials such as AT&T spot with Elijah Wood, radio spots, theatrical productions, and TV shows. Her TV credits include “Bull” for CBS, “Blue Bloods” for CBS, “Orange is The New Black” for Netflix, & “Search Party” for HBOMax. She was last seen at The Roundabout in the World Premiere of Hilary Bettis’, “72 Miles to Go…” directed by Jo Bonney. Jacqui was a finalist for the 2020 Nosotros Ya Tu Sabes Monologue Slam presented by NBC. She currently resides in NYC with her fiancé and her puppy child Ramona.
Graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts NY and became a member of the Theatre Company of the same institution after being showcased as Iago in Shakespeare’s “Othello” and as Jordan Berman in Joshua Harmon’s “Significant Other”. Continued his work in theatre playing roles such as Oswald Alving in Ibsen’s “Ghosts” and Melchior Gabor in Frank Wedekind’s “Spring Awakening” to later start his film career back in Mexico City in the feature film “Ligando Padre” directed by Pitipol Ybarra
Yadira de la Riva
Yadira De La Riva is a theater artist from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Alumna of UCSC and NYU, Yadira wrote, performed and produced One Journey, a one-woman show exploring US/Mexico border identity that toured throughout the U.S. and along the U.S./Mexico border. Her recent credits include: Nero (Virtual), Carla's Quince (Virtual-Drama League Award Nominated), LINES (Theatre LILA), Zoongoro Bailongo (New York Children’s Theater), Papo’s Variety Store (LATEA Theater), La Negra (BRIC), Noche de Alebrijes (Art Vallarta) and Alonzo (2019 New York Latino Film Festival).
Jonathan Contreras (he/him they/them) is an actor, musician, and writer currently based in El Paso, TX. Last online with Télatulsa’s virtual production of On The Wings of a Butterfly. Previously with NextStage Theatre Co virtual workshop of a new work, Dulce Desesperación, and the Lustre Theatre Company’s radio/podcast play No Mas. 2019: Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s winter production of Macbeth. La Noche De Los Alebrijes, Puerto Vallarta, Jal. Mexico, with One Blue Cat/MundoMilagro/ArtVallarta. La Casa Azul, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Indianapolis, IN, and Xanadu (Thalia/ensemble) Tex-ARTS, Austin, TX. Acting company member of the 2018 Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN as Ralph in Shakespeare in Love, and Reynaldo in Alls Well That Ends Well. BFA in Drama from the University of Oklahoma. When not on stage they enjoy trail running, backpacking and camping in the desert southwest.