Somewhere Over the Border


Jerreme Rodriguez

Jerreme Rodriguez (The Narrator; he/him/his) was last seen in Austin, TX in The Watchmakers Song with Ventana Ballet. At The Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret he originated the role of Kenny in the World Premier of The Double-Threat Trio and played Paco in Miss. Abigail’s Guide… opposite Paige Davis. Other Pittsburgh credits include: Luke in Dance Nation with Barebones Productions; Looking for Violeta with Quantum Theater, Jimmy Ray in Bright Star with Front Porch Theatricals, Oscar in Sweat at The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Lucian in Wig Out! with The Pittsburgh Rep., and several shows with Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Other regional credits: Hello, Dolly! at Casa Manana in Ft. Worth, TX. He’s performed Chicago, A Little Night Music, and Lucky Stiff for Austin Playhouse, Aida with Austin Lyric Opera, and as the MC in Cabaret at Mary Moody Northen Theater. He originated the roles of Mikael/Raina in I Like To Be Here for Theater 167 in New York, and was Greg in the national tour ofA Chorus Line. He’s a librettist in the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, and proud alumni of Interlochen Arts Academy and Point Park University. 

Gabriela Moscoso

Gabriela Moscoso (Reina; she/her/hers) First-generation Ecuadorian, Gabriela was born and raised in Queens, NYC. Holding a BM in Opera Performance (Manhattan School of Music), theater credits include:Zoongoro Bailongo (NYC Children’s Theater), Marquee (RCCL),Laundry & Bourbon (CCNY),Le Nozze di Fígaro (Long Island Opera). Additional credits include performances at Carnegie Hall, the NY Philharmonic,Feinstein’s/54 Below,and Birdland Theater. 

Diana Burbano

Diana Burbano (Antonia/Leona; she/her/hers), a Colombian immigrant, is a playwright, an Equity actor, and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Diana’s play Ghosts of Bogotá was commissioned and debuted at Alter Theater in the Bay Area in Feb 2020. Diana played Amalia in Jose Cruz Gonzales’ American Mariachi at South Coast Repertory and Arizona Theatre Company, and Marisela in La Ruta at Artists Repertory. You can also see her as Viv the Punk in the cult musical Isle of Lesbos

Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda

Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda (Julia; she/her/hers) Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda is a proud AZ native bicoastal performer living in Phoenix and Boston. She has spent the last few years writing, directing and performing for theater goers in her self produced show Musical Schmoozicals. She is also known for her involvement and dedication to the development of New Works by not only acting for many seasons but directing new works. She originated the role of Felicitas Valdovinos in the World Premiere of Americano! The Musical in Jan 2020. Regional Theatre include: Inez in The View Upstairs, Beatriz in Miss You Like Hell, Abuela Claudia in In the Heights, Mayor, Ma and Nun in The Toxic Avenger, Yente in Fiddler on the Roof, Madame Thernardier in Les Miserables, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Effy in Spitfire Grill, directed by the incomparable Brad Carroll and Widow Corney in Oliver!, conducted by the outstanding Tito Munoz with The Phoenix Symphony. 

Tommy Rivera-Vega

Tommy Rivera-Vega (Adan/Cruz; he/him/his) is a Teatro Vista Ensemble Member.Credits includeMusic Man,Lottery Day,Support Group for Men (Goodman Theatre);SWEAT(Huntington Theatre);La Havana Madrid,Parachute Men,Between You Me and the Lampshade,A View From the Bridge,Hope(Teatro Vista);Frederick(Chicago Children’s Theatre);West Side Story(Drury Lane Theatre);In the Heights (Paramount Theatre & Skylight Music Theatre);Three Sisters(Steppenwolf Theatre Company), as well as work with BoHo Theatre, Adventure Stage, and Theo Ubique. Puerto Rico credits includeSpring AwakeningandFootloose(Black Box Theatre). Tommy is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency. 

Ricardo Gutierrez

Ricardo Gutierrez (Don Napleon/Silvano; he/him/his) Ricardo is delighted to be working with the Arizona Theatre Company for the first time. Recent Chicago credits include Mother of the Maid at Northlight, Ah, Wilderness and Destiny of Desire at the Goodman. Regional credits include The Dallas Theatre Center, South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre in Louisville and The Denver Center Theatre. Film and television credits include Stranger Than Fiction, Stand and Deliver, Boss, and Chicago PD. Ricardo is the former Executive Artistic Director of Teatro Vista where he recently directed Hope, and the world premieres of The Madres, and The Wolf at the End of the Block. 

Creative Team

Brian Quijada

Brian Quijada (Playwright/Composer; he/him/his) is an actor, playwright, and composer who’s original work has been developed and produced all across the country. His hip hop solo showWhere Did We Sit on the Bus?has been produced at Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista (Jeff Award), Ensemble Studio Theatre (Drama Desk Nomination), Boise Contemporary, 1st Stage, City Theatre Pittsburgh, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Geva Theatre. His plays have been developed at The Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh CLO’s Spark Festival, Victory Gardens’ Ignition Festival, New Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Festival, and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Musical Theatre Conference. Commissioning institutions include Seattle Repertory Theater, A.R.T., and The Kennedy Center. He is a proud member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre. 

Reginald Douglas

Reginald Douglas (Director; he/him/his) is a director, producer, and advocate dedicated to creating new work and supporting new voices. He has worked at theaters across the country, including directing work at Eugene O’Neill Center, TheaterWorks Hartford, CATF, Everyman Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Theatre Squared, Playwrights Center, Profile Theatre, Kennedy Center, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, and City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, where he served as the Artistic Producer from 2015-2020. Reginald currently works as the Associate Artistic Director at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC and serves on the Board of Directors of the National New Play Network. www.reginalddouglas.com  

Vaibu Mohan

Vaibu Mohan (Assistant Director; she/her/hers) is an Indian-American writer, singer, songwriter, dancer, and storyteller currently based in Brooklyn. Vaibu began her journey has a Bharatanatyam dancer (South Indian classical dancer) and Carnatic vocalist. She gained a deep appreciation for the stories she was told and portrayed as a child through music and dance and her love for storytelling brought her to the world of musical theatre. Vaibu received her BM in musical theatre performance from ASU and is currently receiving her MFA in musical theatre writing at the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Vaibu made her debut as a director at ASU with the show Fly By Night and has credits as a leader producer on The Color Cabaret (ASU) and Zoom For The Holidays, a show with all original music crafted for the 2020 holiday season. Vaibu is dedicated to creating anti-racist theatre pieces which highlights BIPOC voices and her personal mission is to bring more South Asians into the theatre on stage, backstage, on the creative team, and in the audience. This piece is dedicated to her artistic ancestors who continued to create and tell stories even in the face of adversity.

Kristin Leahey

Kristin Leahey (Dramaturg; she/her/hers) served as the Director of New Works at Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Resident Dramaturg at Northlight Theatre, and, prior to that post, the Literary Manager at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She has freelanced as an artist with the O’Neill Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Play On Shakespeare!, Arizona Theatre Company, Orlando Shakes, LA’s Ammo Theatre Company, Providence’s Trinity Repertory Theatre, NY’s Primary Stages, NY’s Classical Stage Company, Playwright’s Center, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Guthrie Theater, MN’s Jungle Theater, WA’s Village Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The Lark, The Kennedy Center, The Old Globe, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Victory Gardens Theater, American Theatre Company, Collaboraction, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Redmoon, Boston’s New Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Ireland’s Galway Arts Festival, Teatro Luna, Teatro Vista (artistic associate), and Red Orchid Theatre, among others. She is Assistant Professor, Dramatic Literature & Dramaturgy at Boston University and holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, earned her MA in Theatre from Northwestern University, and her BA from Tufts University. She serves as the co-editor of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas official journal Review. She’s presented her scholarship at Performance Studies International, American Society for Theatre Research, Arts Patronage Conference at Oxford University, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the International Federation of Theatre Research, and American Alliance in Theatre Education (Book Awards Committee Chair). She’s served as a scholar/artist-in-residence at Weber State University, Walla Walla University, and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. Her publications include articles in Theatre Topics, Theatre History, and Theatre Studies, and she has taught at Cornish College, DePaul University of Chicago, Columbia College, Loyola University Chicago, The University of Austin, and Lake Michigan College. Leahey is a board member at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. She is a producer with the WP 2020-22 Lab in New York City and is a 2021 recipient of a Fulbright.  

Glenn Bruner 

Glenn Bruner (Production Stage Manager; he/him/his) is in his 23rd season at ATC where he has stage managed over 60 productions, most recently including Master Harold, Silent Sky, August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, The Diary of Anne Frank, Outside Mullingar, Chapter Two, La Esquinita USA, An Act of God, and Of Mice and Men. He has been the voice for many radio and television commercials, and worked on-air for Texas Public Radio in his hometown of San Antonio. For the past 19 summers Mr. Bruner has been a member of the entertainment production staff for Major League Baseball’s All Star FanFest. He was the 2012 recipient of the Lucy Jordan Recognition Award, presented annually by the Western Region of Actors’ Equity Association. Mr. Bruner has been a member of AEA since 1981.

Saori “CEL” Yokoo

Saori “CEL” Yokoo (Stage Manager; she/her/hers) Broadway/National Tour/Other: DreamgirlsWest Side StoryGhost the MusicalA Bed and A Chair (Encores!), Bring It On The Musical!Oliver!Aladdin (Shiki Theatrical), War HorseSeeing YouAn American in Paris, 42nd Street, Phish New Year’s Gag at Madison Square Garden, The DemiseDirty Dancing U.S., On Your Feet Tour!, The Inheritance

Nick Carroll 

Nick Carroll (Stage Management Intern; he/him/his) is currently a junior at the University of Michigan majoring in Theatre Design & Production with a concentration in Stage Management. Regional: Chautauqua Opera Company (Asst. to the Director of Production), upcoming Stage Management Intern at The Muny for Summer 2021. University of Michigan: Stage Management experience includes 2021 Musical Theatre Showcase. University of Michigan: Assistant Stage Management experience includes: 2020 Musical Theatre Showcase, The WizYerma, La Bohème, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.