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Giovanni Ortega

  • Expertise

    Expertise

    Giovanni Ortega has been working professionally for over a decade. He believes in creating an accepting and inclusive relationship with artists and communities alike regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and class.

    He was recently presented a Proclamation from the City of Los Angeles by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell for his work as an artist and a community organizer. His play “Criers for Hire” became the highest grossing world premiere play in East West Players’ 50-year history. He was also honored at the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County’s (FACCOC) Eighth Annual Secrets of Success event. He directed and performed in Joe Orton's “What the Butler Saw” at the Alte Schreinerei, Alte Feuherwerk Viktoria for the Upstage Bern Theatre Company in Switzerland. Last summer, Giovanni adapted then directed “The Kingdom of Banaras” in Varanasi, India, where he conducted a two-week professional development workshop for the teachers of the Nirman Organization.

  • Work

    Work

    Director

    "Creation of My Skin" - Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity, 2016

    "Allos - The Story of Carlos Bulosan" - Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity, 2016

    “In the Next Room,” “Spring Awakening – The Musical,” “Medieval Mystery Play Cycle,” Pomona College, 2014-2016

    “A Sunday Kind of Love,” Orange County Playwrights Alliance, 2016

    “What the Butler Saw,” Upstage Bern Theatre Company, Switzerland, 2015

    “The Kingdom of Banaras,” Varanasi, India, 2015. Also led a two-week professional development workshop for the teachers of the Nirman Organization.

    Playwright

    Commissioned play, “Criers for Hire,” East West Players, Los Angeles, 2016. The play was the highest-grossing world premiere play in the theater’s 50-year history.

    Wrote and performed “Tio Nick,” 3rd International Fil-Am Book Festival, San Francisco, 2016.

    Wrote and performed “Wayne, A Soldier’s Tale” in the Beyond Our Outward Guise festival, which he co-produced at the Pasadena Playhouse, 2016. Piece was also included in Tug of War 2: Stories of War, Work and Immigration, CIRCA Pintig, Chicago.

    Wrote “El Pescador y La Lluvia – The Fisherman and The Rain.” Presented at the Nuyorican Poets Café (New York City), University of Panamá (Panamá City, Panamá), and at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater (Santa Monica, California).

    Filmmaker

    Directed and produced “Upon the Fragile Shore” (2015). Screened at the 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (2016) and 10th annual NoPassport Theatre Conference “Dreaming the Americas: Who is it for? Spectatorship and the Body Politic” in NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study (2016). The cast of the film (Claremont Colleges students and alumni) also participated in a panel for the La MaMa /Theatre Without Borders Conference Socially Engaged Performance: A Global Conversation.

    Produced (with Jim Taylor) “Green shorts: films (re)imagining our troubled environment” (2015). Screened at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena (VisionLA Fest), and Arts House Theatre in Melbourne Australia (COPOUT).

    These screenings were presented as part of ARTCOP21, a global initiative for cultural activity in Climate Change.

    Speaking and Other

    “Burdens and Shields: An Interactive Transformative Workshop on Male Role Models,” closing keynote speaker for the 2015 Consortium on Higher Achievement and Success Black and Latino Male Conference.

    Presented and led discussion on the importance of multicultural inclusion and diversity of thought at the Tricklock International Theatre Festival in Albuquerque

    Art and Academia Correspondent, “Kababayan Today,” airing on LA18, Kiku-Hawaii, and TV5.

  • Education

    Education

    Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts – Performance, University of California at Los Angeles, School of Theater, Film and Television, 2004

    Vocal Performance, Milwaukee Conservatory of Music, 2001                        

    Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1999  

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Intro to Directing
    • Acting Studio (Realism)
    • Intermediate Acting
    • Acting Studio (Musical Theatre)
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    2016: Proclamation from the City of Los Angeles for his work as an artist and community organizer, presented by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell.

    2016: Honoree at the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County’s (FACCOC) Eighth Annual Secrets of Success event.