Alba  Jaramillo

Alba Jaramillo (Catherine; she/her) AlbaJaramillo holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts and anthropology from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Some of her acting credits and leading roles include “La Santa Muerte” in Lote Bravo, “Alba” in The House of the Spirits, both produced by Borderlands Theatre Company, and “Digna” in the play Digna with Teatro Dignidad, which was featured in several international festivals and received nomination for  “best actress in drama” (Mac Awards, 2017.) Alba’s background in theatre arts and law and her experience as an activist and community organizer prompted her to create Teatro Dignidad, a theater company in Tucson that produces bilingual plays about human rights. Alba serves as the Executive Director of Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors, a non-profit organization that provides legal services and advocacy for immigrants and asylum seekers. 

Kyle Sorrell

Kyle Sorrell (Bryce; he/him) is pleased to return to Arizona Theatre Company where past productions includeAround the World in 80 Days,Romeo andJuliet, Xanadu, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Twelfth Night. Kyle has also appeared at Phoenix Theatre Company(Once, Mamma Mia,Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson),Southwest Shakespeare Company (Macbeth, As You Like It, Pride@Prejudice),Childsplay(The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Yellow Boat, Charlotte’s Web),and Stray Cat Theatre (Trainspotting), Norwegian Creative Studios (Million Dollar Quartet), North Coast Repertory Theatre(Fox on the Fairway, The Lion in Winter) and Ion Theatre(The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Angels in America).

Alyssa Chiarello

Alyssa Chiarello (Allison; she/her) is a singer, stage and film actress. Tours: West Coast National Tour of The Alexander Project: A Tribute To The Music of Hamilton. Favorite Regional Theatre Credits: EVITA (Eva Peron), In The Heights (Vanessa), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Yitzhak), West Side Story (Anita), RENT (Mimi), Bleeding Love (Lolli). Film/TV: Manley Films, Warner Bros. TV, Paramount Pictures, Terrenga Productions. Studio Recording: Manley Films, Uber Muse Entertainment, The Brain, KOTU Klan, and Ambient Skies Productions. Thank you to my family, I love you. 

Creative Team

Elaine Romero

Elaine Romero (Playwright) Award-winning playwright Elaine Romero has had her plays presented at the Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kennedy Center, across the U.S. and abroad. Her war tetralogy includes Revoluciones (Latino Theatre Company with Foro Shakespeare/Mexico), Graveyard of Empires (Blue Ink Playwriting Award, 16th St. Theatre/World Premiere), A Work of Art (Chicago Dramatists/Goodman Theatre, World Premiere), and When Reason Sleeps. Recent commissions: Ford’s Theatre (Modern Slave), Arizona Theatre Company (Title IX), Goodman Theatre (Playwright’s Unit, A Work of Art). This past season included Revoluciones, Like Heaven (Arizona Repertory Theatre), Undocumented (Cal State Dominguez Hills), and Bloody River (Union College). Title IX was featured at the 2017 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Romero is a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee, a Playwright-in-Residence at ATC, and an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona. Her war pentalogy includes Graveyard of Empires (Blue Ink Playwriting Award), A Work of Art, developed as part of the Goodman Theatre Playwright’s Unit, and the upcoming Rain of Ruin. Graveyard of Empires (16th Street Theatre) and A Work of Art (Chicago Dramatists/Goodman Theatre) premiered in Chicago, and Revoluciones (LATC). At Headlands Center for the Arts, Martinez in Taos (Arizona Theatre Company), Elaine began the final play of the project, When Reason Sleeps. Modern Slave was featured at the 2017 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. It received readings at ACT (Seattle), Victory Gardens (Chicago) and the Road Theatre (LA). Publishers: Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Simon and Schuster, and Vintage Books. Barrio Hollywood was the first play, in Samuel French’s 175-year history, published in both English and Spanish acting editions. Elaine is an Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights’ Center and a long-time member of the Dramatists Guild for which she serves as Southwest Regional Rep. She holds her MFA from UC Davis. She previously taught at Northwestern University UW-Madison. Elaine is Playwright-in-Residence at Arizona Theatre Company and a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her pilot, Killing Beauty, was a finalist for the Orchard Project’s TV Episodic Lab. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona in the School of Theatre, Film, and Television. 

Melissa Crespo

Melissa Crespo (Director; she/her) is a director of new plays, musicals and opera. Favorite past credits: Charly Evon Simpson’s FORM OF A GIRL UNKNOWN (Salt Lake Acting Company), PROMENADE by María Irene Fornés and Al Carmines (Artist-in-Residence at NYU Tisch), and Karen Zacarías’ NATIVE GARDENS (Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre Center and Portland Center Stage). Upcoming: I AND YOU by Lauren Gunderson (Syracuse Stage). MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama where she is now a faculty member. She is currently Editor of 3Views on Theater and was featured in the Broadway Women’s Fund “Women to Watch on Broadway”.  https://www.melissacrespo.com 

Sheldon P. Lane

Sheldon P. Lane (Production Stage Manager) has rounded out over 40 years in the entertainment industry as a stage manager for Universal Studios Hollywood. He has worked at the foremost regional theatres in the country, including the Chicago Theatre Co., Goodman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Fountain Theatre, Santa Barbara Theatre Co., & 8 seasons as production manager of Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. His stage management career also includes 2 seasons at Boitsov Classical Ballet in Chicago and a season with Sankofa Theatre in Seattle. His stage management highlights include The Gospel At Colonus, FraternityCROWNS & Two Trains Running at ERT, Sojourn at AraratThe Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, & Miss Julie at the Fountain Theatre and Miss JulieMagical Musical Tour, & DOUBT at Santa Barbara Theatre Co, where he served as the originating production stage manager for Leonard Berstein’s Peter Pan.