Danaya Esperanza


Amandla Jahava


Amandla Jahava is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where her credits include shakespeare’s as u like it, The Girl Is Chained, and If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka. Other credits include In the Red and Brown Water, the feels…(KMS), The Red Tent (Yale Cabaret); Mies Julie, Lear (Yale Summer Cabaret); and The Colored Museum at CalArts, where she earned a B.F.A. in acting. She has also been seen on the stages of Denver Theater Center, Roundabout Theater, The Classical Theater of Harlem. Amandla was a Los Angeles County Arts Grant recipient in 2015, and is an affiliate member of the Antaeus Company. She was assistant director to LisaGay Hamilton on Sleep Deprivation Chamber (CalArts School of Theater) and to Jason Alexander for Broadway Bound (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble). TV: Showtimes How to Make Love to a Black Woman. HBO’s DMZ. @_amandla  

Creative Team

Cat Rodríguez


A story shaper, performance maker, and culture shaker, Catherine María “Cat” Rodríguez serves collaboration, community, and lqqks wherever the art takes her and whatever stage it’s in. Cat’s craft entails bringing discernment to decision-making and Joy to the process. Experiences as a performer, dramaturg, and organizer guide both her theater making and critical writing. In this, she’s attentive to not only what’s being made, but also how as well as through whose bodies and eyes. Cat works from a structural analysis and draws on her skills as a trained facilitator to do so. Black / Latinx feminisms as well as collectivist organizing methods fundamentally inform her arts practice and pathways through the world. She’s a “people person” with a politic and a love for the ridiculous. She has worked with The Public, DCPA’s New Play Summit, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference, NYTW Next Door, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, El Círculo Teatral (México), Borderlands, and Steppenwolf, among others. She has organized alongside Unidad Latina en Acción (New Haven, CT), New Sanctuary Coalition (NYC), and Education-Based Latino Outreach (Baltimore). Cat works in English and Spanish, talks with her hands, y anda con ganas. A freelance artist, she considers herself a nomad but always names New Orleans and Nicaragua home. www.catlikemeow.com Twitter: @latinadramaturg

Benjamin Benne


Benjamin Benne (he/him) is ATC’s 2019 National Latinx Playwriting Award Winner, as well as the 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award Winner and a 2019 KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award Recipient. He is an MFA Playwriting Candidate at the Yale School of Drama, a Playwrights’ Center Affiliated Writer, and represented by Paradigm Talent Agency. www.benjaminbenne.com