East L.A. Rep

East L.A. Rep EAST LA REP, a creative center that puts the people, art, culture and history of East L.A., front and center. Creative Artistic Director/Jesus A.

Managing Director/Courtney Robertson

Creative Directors/Juan E. Carrillo, Lynn Haro Martinez-Arvilla and Marcos Najera. Creative Associates/Patricia Roque and Victor Vazquez

Org Consultant/Patricia Garza

Managing Director/Courtney Robertson

Creative Directors/Juan E. Carrillo, Lynn Haro Martinez-Arvilla and Marcos Najera. Creative Associates/Patricia Roque and Victor Vazquez

Org Consultant/Patricia Garza

Operating as usual


Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye, but, most of the time, I just procrastinate.

It’s been a long time coming and not a complete secret that East LA Rep, originally known as East Los Angeles Repertory Theatre Company, is over, done, kaput.

In 2002 four people met and were soon off to become friends, enemies, friends again, and to be forever interlaced into each other’s history, like it or not. Juan E. Carrillo, F***y Garcia, Karina Gonzalez and Jesus A. Reyes met – not in East Los Angeles – in the Valley. A series of circumstances led them together. I’m 100% certain the Gods had something to do with the union. A theatre company was born with high hopes of turning East Los Angeles into the Latino theatre mecca. When we attempted to open our inaugural season, but were disregarded by a local theatre company, we decided to produce MACBETH as part of the annual Free Shakespeare at East LA Parks. (It’s so obvious here that I was super inspired by Joe Papp on the east coast and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on the west coast. OSF had inaugurated their new theatre with the Scottish play – if they could do it, we could too!). We were an audacious bunch.

Between 2002 and 2007 East LA Rep embarked on cultivating a following and encouraging the company members to experiment and discover what they were good at. We were a theatre company trying to emulate the American theatre, and that was a mistake we learned by 2007. By the beginning of 2008 I had received a TCG Future Leaders Fellowship and was on my way towards everything I always wanted – to be a player. My first nephew, Abraham, was born on October 26, 2007 and my mom died on April 22, 2008. Change was in the air and I refused to let go. By 2009 East LA Rep had gone through many changes, including core members and mission statements. All this should have been a clarion call to stop, but it’s very difficult for any founder to let go, and this stems from the simple fact that a founder never feels he/she has completed his/her purpose, when in fact, he/she should assess if the organization has completed its purpose.

I led the group to change focus, which is good, but when any organization is tied to a person or a core group, it becomes difficult to make a drastic change from a theatre company to a creative center (something too new at the time). We tried to keep it together and dove in to being a hub for artists and companies in need of a space, advice, or just a place to chismear. It was magical as we continued site-specific work, partnerships with groups I idolized (Campo Santo) and artists I looked up to (Luis Alfaro, Adelina Anthony, Chris Weitz etc.) A creative center it had become, but, it was a little too late.

Without asking for permission, life continued to shape me, my aunt died in 2011 and my second nephew was born a month later. I returned to Spain for a five week stay and on my return, it was evident that I would be leaving my home of over 25 years in Boyle Heights. I moved in with my sister to the opposite end of Boyle Heights, but it was a big change. Surprisingly, East LA Rep continued to do work (The Independents Vol. 1) and continued to support the field (Latino Theatre Alliance/LA) and worked on a new strategic plan (BIG thanks to Patricia Garza and Anna Rose O’Halloran) but I knew I was losing steam and when I was hired by Center Theatre Group as Program Manager of Community Partnerships to design and implement their community programs, all East LA Rep business had to stop.

There are hundreds of people I should thank, but I know I would miss someone and that would be sad. There are many people that provided physical space, emotional, monetary and spiritual support that without them East LA Rep would not have been able to thrive, and I hope, make a little bit of a difference on the theatre landscape. There are many unfinished projects, broken promises, unrealized dreams, but absolutely no regrets.

I lied, I will thank Juan E. Carrillo, F***y Garcia, and Karina Gonzalez for following the lead of a stranger way back in 2002 (or was it 2003) at the moment that I was losing my religion, they believed in me and a dream. We did good.

This page will be up for a week or so and you are welcome to download all the pics you want. I’m off to a new super adventure and I have a feeling I'll bump into some of you again.

Your friend and instigator,
Jesus A. Reyes

Boyle Heights Beat
Boyle Heights Beat

Boyle Heights Beat

How has Trump’s presidency affected your life or the life of someone you know? Come have a #taco on us and share your story with your neighbors, find out about resources available http://bit.ly/2nRXZux

15 Female Artists Who’ve Shaped the L.A. Art Scene
15 Female Artists Who’ve Shaped the L.A. Art Scene

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Many surveys of iconic L.A. artists might name a few familiar greats: Ed Ruscha, Chris Burden, Ken Price ... the list goes on. While these men are important to know in terms of art history as a whole, women artists often go overlooked in most mainstream art history texts. This...

What L.A. would look like without the NEA
What L.A. would look like without the NEA

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L.A. without the NEA. What does that look like? If the National Endowment for the Arts were to lose its funding, as has been proposed by President Trump, would many people notice? Would you? The Times is setting out to answer that question in this series that looks at the NEA through the lens of...

Amigas with Benefits

Amigas with Benefits

JAN. 28th, 2017

Pay: $80-$100 per filming day (Non-union only)
Director: Adelina Anthony
Production Company: AdeRisa Productions
Project type: Short Film
Project description: Lead
Gender: Female
Age: 60 - 85
Ethnicity: Latina
Filming location: Camarillo, CA
(Housing provided, gas stipend and daily meal)
Film Dates: March 11 & 12th, 2017

Character description
Lupita is a Latina elder who finally lives in her truth as an out le***ana. She's the abuela type and you expect to be coddled by her, but she's more than likely to knock some sense into you with her tough love. Although battling dementia, she knows what she wants in life--so you best not get in her way.

Project description
AMIGAS WITH BENEFITS: A Latina le***an is finally marrying the woman of her dreams, but they face some harsh opposition.

Casting location:
Hollywood Casting and Film

To submit your headshot/resume and/or reel:
[email protected] (Subject Line: Lupita Audition)

*You must have a confirmed time to audition. Gracias.

AdeRisa Productions Adelina Anthony Marisa Becerra Karla Legaspy Latino Public Broadcasting

The Last Firefly
The Last Firefly

The Last Firefly

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REDCAT - Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
REDCAT - Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

REDCAT - Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

CONVOCATORIA #Latina #Latino #International #LALA
Para el Festival Internacional de performance y arte acción en enero del 2018, como parte de la Iniciativa Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. (For English, click here)

REDCAT invita a organizaciones y artistas del Sur de California a proponer proyectos que serán incluidos en el Festival Internacional de performance y arte acción que se llevará a cabo en Los Ángeles. El festival se presenta como parte del Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, una iniciativa de The Getty, en enero del 2018.

Es un honor para el REDCAT supervisar y facilitar la creación de este Festival, que se sumará al impacto del Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, una diversa y ambiciosa exploración del arte Latinoamericano y Latino en diálogo con la ciudad de Los Ángeles, y que tendrá lugar en más de setenta organizaciones del Sur de California de septiembre 2017 hasta finales de enero 2018.

Con el apoyo de la Getty Foundation/Fundación Getty, REDCAT proporcionará el soporte económico y otras formas de asistencia técnica y de producción cuando sea necesario, para los proyectos performáticos seleccionados dentro de este Festival.

Los proyectos serán seleccionados a través de un proceso de selección en dos etapas:

Carta de Intenciones, fecha límite de entrega diciembre 15, 2016, 11:59pm.

Propuesta final, fecha límite de entrega enero 12, 2017, 11:59pm.

World of Wonder

World of Wonder

The time has come...for you to VOTE. For. Your. Life!


Good afternoon,

LA Plaza is accepting artwork submissions for the Juan Gabriel altar installation. Entries should be coordinated with Andrea Ramirez at [email protected]. Submissions are being accepted until Monday, October 24. I've outlined the guidelines below for your reference.

1. Works selected will reflect the theme of Juan Gabriel's artistic and personal life.
2. We encourage original paintings, drawings, papier-mâché, etc.
3. Submissions should not be limited to magazine clippings, posters or memorabilia.
5. Submissions will not be returned.
6. Submissions should not be bigger than 11x11". However, we can make an exception for a few pieces.
7. Guests are limited to 2 submissions.

Please share with artists and colleagues in your community.

Thank you!


Seeks Versatile Bilingual Latina
for lead role in the
World Premiere of
By Caridad Svich
Directed by José Zayas

Role:​​Julia is the central character in this epic romance spanning several decades, being performed in Spanish and English by a bilingual cast. Life and circumstance take her from the young love of her life to pursue a pragmatic, predictable, comfortable life, only to be reunited in the winter of her years.

Pay:​​$610/wk (favored nations) – Equity and non-Equity

Dates:​​First rehearsal (tour) - October 3, 2016
​​First performance (tour) – October 19, 2016
​​Final performance (tour) – November 6, 2016
​​First rehearsal (at Mixed Blood) – January 30, 2017
​​First performance – February 1, 2017
​​Final performance – March 4, 2017

Union:​​A mixture of Equity and non-Equity members comprise the five-person cast, all of whom are treated the same and paid the same.

Travel/Lodging: Actress will be provided private furnished apartment adjacent to the theater, single occupancy hotel rooms when away from the Twin Cities on tour, per diem when away from the Twin Cities on tour, and a public transportation pass for the Twin Cities. Two round-trip air tickets will be provided for the two legs of the run.

Commitment: The cast of the short fall tour (to colleges and performing arts centers in the Upper Midwest), and the five week run of public performances and student matinees will be the same. Actors submitting to be in the cast commit to runs of CORAZON ETERNO.

The Play:​Inspired by Love in the Time of Cholera by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this is a poetic, romantic adventure of love ignited, denied, rekindled, rejected, and renewed; of love pragmatic and impossible, temporal and eternal; and ultimately of love transforming the human experience.

The Theater:​MISSION; Mixed Blood Theatre, a professional, multi-racial company, promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence, using theater to address artificial barriers that keep people from succeeding in American society. VISION; To be the definitive destination where theater artists and audiences representing the global village can create and share work that spawns a ripple effect of social change and revolutionizes access to theater.


Presented in Spanish

Center Theatre Group and Off The Tracks Theatre Company invite you to attend a free play reading at a Boyle Heights library.
La Última Luciérnaga (Una Fábula Kabuki) by Naomi Iizuka, translated by Juan Parada, with Gerardo Davalos, Sayda Trujillo and Mick García.

Inspired by Japanese folktales, La Última Luciérnaga (The Last Firefly) follows the journey of a young boy named Boom to find his missing father—who may or may not be Trueno (Thunder). Boom’s quest takes him through a fantastical world where trees talk, spiders weave clouds, and boys punch holes through the sky. This is a story about parents, children, and what you find when you start asking questions about where you came from and who you really are. Presented by Off The Tracks Theatre Company.

Dates, Times and Location:
Tue, Sept. 13 at 6pm
Benjamin Franklin Library 2200 E. 1st St., LA 90033

Wed, Sept. 14 at 6pm
Malabar Library 2801 Wabash Ave., LA 90033

Thur, Sept. 15 at 6pm
Robert Louis Stevenson Library 803 Spence St., LA 90023

Center Theatre Group partners with local artists, organizations, schools, libraries, and other community groups to enrich cultural conversations in L.A. neighborhoods and to encourage Angelenos to bring the art of theatre deeper into their lives.

Contact Jesus A. Reyes, Community Partnerships Director at
(213) 972-8028 or [email protected]


The 40th anniversary of “ZOOT SUIT” will be presented at the Mark Taper Forum in January 2017.A revival of this historic piece based on the real-life Zoot Suit Riots and Sleepy Lagoon Murder Trial is being produced by the Center Theatre Group and El Teatro Campesino and will be directed by the legendary Luis Valdez.

SETTING: The play is set in 1943, a time of duck tails, pompadours and red lipstick.

Casting is seeking Hispanic talent for several roles in the following age ranges:

“EL PACHUCO” – 28 to 38 year old, Hispanic male
NOTE: Ability to do a Chicano/East LA accent a MUST

HENRY REYNA, ISMAEL “SMILEY” TORRES, JOEY CASTRO -18 to 25 years old, Hispanic male

TOMMY ROBERTS – 21 to 25 year old, Caucasian male

PACHUCA TRIO – 21 to 25 years old, African American, Asian, Hispanic, West Indies/Caribbean females NOTE: Preferably all TRIO characters must have a vocal range of Soprano or Alto and be able to dance.

DELLA BARRIOS, ELENA TORRES, BERTHA VILLARREAL – 18 to 25 years old, Hispanic female
NOTE: Please submit 18+ to play younger.

LUPE REYNA – 16 years old, Hispanic female
NOTE: Please submit 18+ to play younger.

RUDY REYNA – 19 years old, Hispanic male
NOTE: Please submit 18+ to play younger.

DANCERS AND SINGERS- Male and Female all ethnicities, Age 21-28
NOTE: This is a play with music and dance. ALL talent MUST have the ability to move and/or dance.
NOTE: All Hispanic characters should be able to do a Chicano/East L.A. accent.

Please submit a headshot and resume and include your contact information (any representation, email, or phone #) to: [email protected] no later than October 1st.

Liz Lewis Casting Partners

Liz Lewis Casting Partners

Please share!

TYPE 2 Diabetes commercial
Non union
Spanish language - must be fluent
Casting tomorrow
shoots 2nd or 3rd week of August in LA
Session fee: $400/ 8 hr day + 15% ( inclusive of all wardrobe fees)
1 year broadcast, cable & internet buyout ( From date of 1st air) : $2500 + 15% . + 2 Consecutive, 1 year options @ same cost, exercisable @ Client discretion.
Pre- Negotiated Print Buyout Fees: $1, 000 +15% Agents Fees for any all print for 1 year from
date of 1st Use + 2 Consecutive, 1 year options @ same cost, exercisable @ Client discretion
Female, 50-55, fluent in spanish, size 12-16, good with testimonial type copy.
Male, 50-55, fluent in spanish, size 36-40, good with testimonial type copy.
Male 40-45, fluent in spanish, size 36-40, good with testimonial type copy.
Email [email protected] with head shot and resume if interested. PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT IF YOU ARE IN THE LA AREA.


1350 San Pablo St
Los Angeles, CA

General information

History: EAST LA REP began as a theatre company (East Los Angeles Repertory Theatre Company) in 2002, with the aim of producing and presenting the work of emerging and established playwrights of Latino heritage, producing Free Shakespeare at East L.A. Parks, and making East Los Angeles, the mecca for US Latino plays. In 2007, the company took stock and realized that the members and purpose of the company was evolving. In 2010, the remaining members of the company began work on a strategic plan, which turned into a working plan, with consultants, Patricia Garza and Ana Rose O'Halloran, and incorporated as a non-profit. By the end of 2012 the company had completed the working plan, revised the mission and vision and added core values. The company also changed its logo, restructured the company and titles. The greatest change was the transition of a theatre company into a creative center model. The creative center will expand the new ideas of flexibility and the way we work with and for artists+community. With programs, projects and events that support artists but also work for (and with) a target community. 2013 will be about building the infrastructure of the creative center, adding key staff, implementing new programs, building a fiduciary board and allocating funding that can support the creative center model, and re-designiing the website as an entry point, resource, information, lead, and platform and outlet for each visitor.


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