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Latest Episodes

Our Sacred Space with Lileana Blain-Cruz

Welcome to the fall 2020 season of SolTalk! In this episode, Sol Project Associate Artistic Director David Mendizábal and Associate Producer Joey Reyes chat with director Lileana Blain-Cruz about some of her most recent projects, being a theatre artist in the time of sheltering-in-place, and what it means to create a safe rehearsal space. Lileana Blain-Cruz (she/her) is a director from New York City and Miami and was recently announced as resident director at Lincoln Center Theater. She is a recipient of a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and an Obie Award for Marys Seacole at LCT3. Recent projects include Anatomy of a Suicide at The Atlantic Theater Company, Fefu and Her Friends at Theater For a New Audience, Girls at Yale Repertory Theater, Faust at Opera Omaha, and The House That Will Not Stand at New York Theater Workshop. She was a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, an Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, and a Usual Suspect of New York Theater Workshop. She was awarded a 2018 United States Artist Fellowship and the Josephine Abady Award from the League of Professional Theater Women. She received her BA from Princeton and her MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama, where she received both the Julian Milton Kaufman Memorial Prize and the Pierre-Andre Salim Prize for her leadership and directing. Upcoming projects include Dreaming Zenzille at St. Louis Repertory Theater and McCarter, and The Listeners, a new opera by Missy Mazzoli which will premiere at Opera Norway and Opera Philadelphia. Learn more at www.lileanablaincruz.com. David Mendizábal (he/him) is an NYC based director, designer, one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company, and Associate Artistic Director of The Sol Project. Learn more about David and his work at www.davidmendizabal.com. Joey Reyes (they/them) is a queer and non-binary grandchild of a Mexican immigrant, born and raised in Southern California with six younger siblings. In addition to being The Sol Project's Associate Producer, they also serve as the Executive Assistant and Line Producer at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT. Follow them on IG & Twitter at @mxjoeyreyes. Follow us on Facebook at The Sol Project and Instagram and Twitter at @solprojectnyc!

59 min1 w ago
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Our Sacred Space with Lileana Blain-Cruz

Broadway Babies with Arturo Luis Soria & Irene Sofia Lucio

The Sol Project's Founder and Artistic Director, Jacob Padrón, sits down with two Latinx actors currently on Broadway: Irene Sofia Lucio who plays Patricia in Jeremy O. Harris's Slave Playand Arturo Luis Soria who plays Jason #2 in Matthew Lopez's The Inheritance. They discuss their experience making their Broadway debuts, bringing their whole selves into the roles they play, and the importance of recognizing and learning about the legacy of Latinx artists that have come before us. Arturo Luís Soria is currently making his Broadway debut at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre as Young Man 8 & Jason #2 in Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritancethrough June 7th, 2020. He is a recent graduate from the acting program at Yale School of Drama, where, in addition to performing, he also produced two of his own plays at the Yale Cabaret. His solo show, Ni Mi Madre, has been featured at festivals in Chicago, as a one-night only event at Barrow Street Theater, at Yale Cabaret, and in the inaugural year of ...

42 min1 w ago
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Broadway Babies with Arturo Luis Soria & Irene Sofia Lucio

Children of the Diaspora with Guadalís Del Carmen & John Peña

The Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, interview artists and activists, Guadalís Del Carmen and John Peña. They discuss anti-blackness (both within and outside POC communities), decolonizing the self, and centering pleasure in activism. Currently based in NYC, Guadalís Del Carmen was born and raised in Chicago. She's an Ars Nova Resident Artist and a Dramatist Guild member. Her plays include Bees and Honey (The Kilroys List 2019), Not For Sale (UrbanTheater Commission/World Premier 2018, Jeff Award Nominee for Best New Play 2019), My Father's Keeper (Steppenwolf Theater's The Mix List 2018, The Kilroys Honorable Mention 2019), Daughters of the Rebellion previously titled Tolstoy's Daughters (Montclair State University New Works Initiative 2018-2019, The Kilroys Honorable Mention 2017, 50 Playwrights Project Best Unproduced Latin@ Plays 2017), A Shero's Journey (Yale Theater Magazine Issue 49, Parsnip Ship Plays Seas...

76 min1 w ago
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Children of the Diaspora with Guadalís Del Carmen & John Peña

Next in Line in the DMV with Maria Goyanes & Stephanie Ybarra

The Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, interview Maria Goyanes, Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington D.C., and Stephanie Ybarra, Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage in Baltimore Maryland. They discuss leadership turnover, institutional values, and the changing landscape of the American Theater. Maria Goyanes joined Woolly Mammoth Theater as the new Artistic Director in September 2018. Previously, she served as the Director of Producing and Artistic Planning at The Public Theater in New York City where she oversaw the day-to-day execution of the plays and musicals at the theatre’s five performance spaces, including the Delacorte Theater for the company’s Shakespeare in the Park programming. She also lead the season planning process as well as the theatre’s artistic programs, including Public Works, the Under the Radar Festival, and the offerings at Joe’s Pub. She is a faculty member at t...

53 min2019 NOV 8
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Next in Line in the DMV with Maria Goyanes & Stephanie Ybarra

Meet Her in St. Louis with Amelia Acosta Powell

The Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, interview Amelia Acosta Powell, the recently appointed Associate Artistic Director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and discuss her journey working across the U.S., the value of intentional leadership and mentorship, and what it feels like to be working in partnership with another woman of color to lead a regional organization. Amelia Acosta Powell joined The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’s new artistic leadership team headed by Augustin Family Artistic Director Hana S. Sharif on June 17th, 2019. Previously, she served as line producer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a Tony Award-winning organization that stands as one of the preeminent destinations for American regional theatre, and prior to that she served as the casting director and artistic associate at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Georgetown University (where she dual-majored in theatre and Spanish), ...

61 min2019 OCT 4
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Meet Her in St. Louis with Amelia Acosta Powell

The Casting Room with Brian Herrera & Victor Vazquez

Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, sit down with Brian Herrera and Victor Vazquez to talk about the history of casting, current practices, what it means to be in casting as a Latinx individual, and what the future might hold for casting as a profession. Brian Eugenio Herrera is Associate Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts and Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. He is author of The Latina/o Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening: A Narrative Report (HowlRound, 2015) and Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (Michigan, 2015), which was awarded the George Jean Nathan Prize for Dramatic Criticism. Victor Vazquez serves as Casting Director/Line Producer and member of the artistic team at Arena Stage in Washington D.C.. He will be transitioning to New York later this year to freelance. Previous employment includes: Center Theatre Group, The ...

53 min2019 JUL 17
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The Casting Room with Brian Herrera & Victor Vazquez

An Actor's Journey with Sean Carvajal

Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, sit down with actor Sean Carvajal to talk about his Broadway debut as Edgar in Sam Gold's production of King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson, how he found his way into the world of American theater, and Latinx representation on stages. Sean Carvajal made his Broadway debut in 2019 as Edgar in King Lear. His Off-Broadway credits include Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Signature Theatre; Lucille Lortel, Obie, Drama Desk, Clarence Derwent Awards), Seven Spots on the Sun (Sol Project/Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic Theater Company), Queen Latina and Her Power Posse (Cherry Lane Theatre), Ghetto Babylon (59E59 Theaters), Lissabon (La MaMa), and Holy Land (HERE Arts Center). Regional: Water by The Spoonful (Mark Taper Forum), Seven Spots on the Sun (World Premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse), and Between Riverside and Crazy (Studio Theatre). TV: “Crashing” (HBO...

41 min2019 JUN 21
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An Actor's Journey with Sean Carvajal

Latinx Futurity with Georgina Escobar

Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, interview playwright Georgina Escobar about her Spring 2019 production of Then They Forgot About The Rest at INTAR Theatre, the future of Latinx representation in American society, and the progression of Latinx storytelling in the American Theater. Georgina Escobar is originally from Juárez, México. She employs multiple mediums to create impossible narratives for the stage that explore themes of fantasy, mythology, surrealism, family relationships and feminism. Learn more about Georgina and her work at www.georginaescobar.com. David Mendizábal is an NYC based director, designer, and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company. Learn more about David and his work at www.davidmendizabal.com. Joey Reyes is a queer, Latinx, Two Spirit, grandchild of a Mexican immigrant, born and raised in Southern California with six younger siblings. They have resided in Broo...

41 min2019 MAY 10
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Latinx Futurity with Georgina Escobar

El Huracán with Charise Castro Smith & Laurie Woolery

Sol Project Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón interviews playwright Charise Castro Smith and director Laurie Woolery about their Fall 2018 Sol Project production of El Huracán at Yale Repertory Theater, their artistic and professional journeys as Latinx women in the performing arts, and the power of artistry for community. Charise Castro Smith is a playwright, television writer, and actor originally from Miami. She is a recipient of a Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists and is an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group and The New Georges Jam. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama. Laurie Woolery is a director, playwright, educator, facilitator, producer and is currently the Director of Public Works at The Public Theater, an initiative that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Learn more about Laurie and her work at www.lauriewoolery.com. Jacob G. Padrón is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project and Artistic Directo...

42 min2019 FEB 14
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El Huracán with Charise Castro Smith & Laurie Woolery
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Latest Episodes

Our Sacred Space with Lileana Blain-Cruz

Welcome to the fall 2020 season of SolTalk! In this episode, Sol Project Associate Artistic Director David Mendizábal and Associate Producer Joey Reyes chat with director Lileana Blain-Cruz about some of her most recent projects, being a theatre artist in the time of sheltering-in-place, and what it means to create a safe rehearsal space. Lileana Blain-Cruz (she/her) is a director from New York City and Miami and was recently announced as resident director at Lincoln Center Theater. She is a recipient of a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and an Obie Award for Marys Seacole at LCT3. Recent projects include Anatomy of a Suicide at The Atlantic Theater Company, Fefu and Her Friends at Theater For a New Audience, Girls at Yale Repertory Theater, Faust at Opera Omaha, and The House That Will Not Stand at New York Theater Workshop. She was a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, an Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, and a Usual Suspect of New York Theater Workshop. She was awarded a 2018 United States Artist Fellowship and the Josephine Abady Award from the League of Professional Theater Women. She received her BA from Princeton and her MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama, where she received both the Julian Milton Kaufman Memorial Prize and the Pierre-Andre Salim Prize for her leadership and directing. Upcoming projects include Dreaming Zenzille at St. Louis Repertory Theater and McCarter, and The Listeners, a new opera by Missy Mazzoli which will premiere at Opera Norway and Opera Philadelphia. Learn more at www.lileanablaincruz.com. David Mendizábal (he/him) is an NYC based director, designer, one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company, and Associate Artistic Director of The Sol Project. Learn more about David and his work at www.davidmendizabal.com. Joey Reyes (they/them) is a queer and non-binary grandchild of a Mexican immigrant, born and raised in Southern California with six younger siblings. In addition to being The Sol Project's Associate Producer, they also serve as the Executive Assistant and Line Producer at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT. Follow them on IG & Twitter at @mxjoeyreyes. Follow us on Facebook at The Sol Project and Instagram and Twitter at @solprojectnyc!

59 min1 w ago
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Our Sacred Space with Lileana Blain-Cruz

Broadway Babies with Arturo Luis Soria & Irene Sofia Lucio

The Sol Project's Founder and Artistic Director, Jacob Padrón, sits down with two Latinx actors currently on Broadway: Irene Sofia Lucio who plays Patricia in Jeremy O. Harris's Slave Playand Arturo Luis Soria who plays Jason #2 in Matthew Lopez's The Inheritance. They discuss their experience making their Broadway debuts, bringing their whole selves into the roles they play, and the importance of recognizing and learning about the legacy of Latinx artists that have come before us. Arturo Luís Soria is currently making his Broadway debut at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre as Young Man 8 & Jason #2 in Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritancethrough June 7th, 2020. He is a recent graduate from the acting program at Yale School of Drama, where, in addition to performing, he also produced two of his own plays at the Yale Cabaret. His solo show, Ni Mi Madre, has been featured at festivals in Chicago, as a one-night only event at Barrow Street Theater, at Yale Cabaret, and in the inaugural year of ...

42 min1 w ago
Comments
Broadway Babies with Arturo Luis Soria & Irene Sofia Lucio

Children of the Diaspora with Guadalís Del Carmen & John Peña

The Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, interview artists and activists, Guadalís Del Carmen and John Peña. They discuss anti-blackness (both within and outside POC communities), decolonizing the self, and centering pleasure in activism. Currently based in NYC, Guadalís Del Carmen was born and raised in Chicago. She's an Ars Nova Resident Artist and a Dramatist Guild member. Her plays include Bees and Honey (The Kilroys List 2019), Not For Sale (UrbanTheater Commission/World Premier 2018, Jeff Award Nominee for Best New Play 2019), My Father's Keeper (Steppenwolf Theater's The Mix List 2018, The Kilroys Honorable Mention 2019), Daughters of the Rebellion previously titled Tolstoy's Daughters (Montclair State University New Works Initiative 2018-2019, The Kilroys Honorable Mention 2017, 50 Playwrights Project Best Unproduced Latin@ Plays 2017), A Shero's Journey (Yale Theater Magazine Issue 49, Parsnip Ship Plays Seas...

76 min1 w ago
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Children of the Diaspora with Guadalís Del Carmen & John Peña

Next in Line in the DMV with Maria Goyanes & Stephanie Ybarra

The Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, interview Maria Goyanes, Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington D.C., and Stephanie Ybarra, Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage in Baltimore Maryland. They discuss leadership turnover, institutional values, and the changing landscape of the American Theater. Maria Goyanes joined Woolly Mammoth Theater as the new Artistic Director in September 2018. Previously, she served as the Director of Producing and Artistic Planning at The Public Theater in New York City where she oversaw the day-to-day execution of the plays and musicals at the theatre’s five performance spaces, including the Delacorte Theater for the company’s Shakespeare in the Park programming. She also lead the season planning process as well as the theatre’s artistic programs, including Public Works, the Under the Radar Festival, and the offerings at Joe’s Pub. She is a faculty member at t...

53 min2019 NOV 8
Comments
Next in Line in the DMV with Maria Goyanes & Stephanie Ybarra

Meet Her in St. Louis with Amelia Acosta Powell

The Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, interview Amelia Acosta Powell, the recently appointed Associate Artistic Director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and discuss her journey working across the U.S., the value of intentional leadership and mentorship, and what it feels like to be working in partnership with another woman of color to lead a regional organization. Amelia Acosta Powell joined The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’s new artistic leadership team headed by Augustin Family Artistic Director Hana S. Sharif on June 17th, 2019. Previously, she served as line producer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a Tony Award-winning organization that stands as one of the preeminent destinations for American regional theatre, and prior to that she served as the casting director and artistic associate at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Georgetown University (where she dual-majored in theatre and Spanish), ...

61 min2019 OCT 4
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Meet Her in St. Louis with Amelia Acosta Powell

The Casting Room with Brian Herrera & Victor Vazquez

Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, sit down with Brian Herrera and Victor Vazquez to talk about the history of casting, current practices, what it means to be in casting as a Latinx individual, and what the future might hold for casting as a profession. Brian Eugenio Herrera is Associate Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts and Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. He is author of The Latina/o Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening: A Narrative Report (HowlRound, 2015) and Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (Michigan, 2015), which was awarded the George Jean Nathan Prize for Dramatic Criticism. Victor Vazquez serves as Casting Director/Line Producer and member of the artistic team at Arena Stage in Washington D.C.. He will be transitioning to New York later this year to freelance. Previous employment includes: Center Theatre Group, The ...

53 min2019 JUL 17
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The Casting Room with Brian Herrera & Victor Vazquez

An Actor's Journey with Sean Carvajal

Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, sit down with actor Sean Carvajal to talk about his Broadway debut as Edgar in Sam Gold's production of King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson, how he found his way into the world of American theater, and Latinx representation on stages. Sean Carvajal made his Broadway debut in 2019 as Edgar in King Lear. His Off-Broadway credits include Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Signature Theatre; Lucille Lortel, Obie, Drama Desk, Clarence Derwent Awards), Seven Spots on the Sun (Sol Project/Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic Theater Company), Queen Latina and Her Power Posse (Cherry Lane Theatre), Ghetto Babylon (59E59 Theaters), Lissabon (La MaMa), and Holy Land (HERE Arts Center). Regional: Water by The Spoonful (Mark Taper Forum), Seven Spots on the Sun (World Premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse), and Between Riverside and Crazy (Studio Theatre). TV: “Crashing” (HBO...

41 min2019 JUN 21
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An Actor's Journey with Sean Carvajal

Latinx Futurity with Georgina Escobar

Sol Project’s Associate Artistic Director, David Mendizábal, and Producing Assistant, Joey Reyes, interview playwright Georgina Escobar about her Spring 2019 production of Then They Forgot About The Rest at INTAR Theatre, the future of Latinx representation in American society, and the progression of Latinx storytelling in the American Theater. Georgina Escobar is originally from Juárez, México. She employs multiple mediums to create impossible narratives for the stage that explore themes of fantasy, mythology, surrealism, family relationships and feminism. Learn more about Georgina and her work at www.georginaescobar.com. David Mendizábal is an NYC based director, designer, and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company. Learn more about David and his work at www.davidmendizabal.com. Joey Reyes is a queer, Latinx, Two Spirit, grandchild of a Mexican immigrant, born and raised in Southern California with six younger siblings. They have resided in Broo...

41 min2019 MAY 10
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Latinx Futurity with Georgina Escobar

El Huracán with Charise Castro Smith & Laurie Woolery

Sol Project Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón interviews playwright Charise Castro Smith and director Laurie Woolery about their Fall 2018 Sol Project production of El Huracán at Yale Repertory Theater, their artistic and professional journeys as Latinx women in the performing arts, and the power of artistry for community. Charise Castro Smith is a playwright, television writer, and actor originally from Miami. She is a recipient of a Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists and is an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group and The New Georges Jam. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama. Laurie Woolery is a director, playwright, educator, facilitator, producer and is currently the Director of Public Works at The Public Theater, an initiative that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Learn more about Laurie and her work at www.lauriewoolery.com. Jacob G. Padrón is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project and Artistic Directo...

42 min2019 FEB 14
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El Huracán with Charise Castro Smith & Laurie Woolery
the END
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