Board of Directors
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Edward Padilla is a working professional actor and teaches and coaches acting at CASA 0101 for youth and adults. He has directed work in Los Angeles and San Diego, including several productions at CASA 0101, Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (Readers Theater), and the San Diego Lyceum (Teatro Izcalli’s Juan More Beer). As an actor, he has performed extensively on stage, including work at Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, Grupo de Teatro Sinergia, Ethical Arts Company, The Blank Theatre Company, and La Jolla Playhouse. He was in the workshop productions of the stage musicals Sister Act (Pasadena Playhouse) and Zorro (El Portal Theater/Zorro Productions). He graduated with honors from the USC School of Theatre where he received his BA in Theater and the David Dukes Scholarship for Acting. In 2001, he received the Humanism Award from Childrens’ Hospital Los Angeles for his work for the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy/Children’s Aids Center.
Paul Renteria is an Actor, Arts Patron, Motorcycle & Off-road Enthusiast, and has appeared on stage, television, national commercials & film. Paul is also a member of SAG/AFTRA & Actors Equity and is on the board to help ensure that future generations have a place to train, perform & have hope! Paul is represented by The Levin Agency and also participates in many Motorcycle Charity Events and Children’s Toy Runs to Orphanages in the USA & Mexico. Paul was also a Santa Fe Railroad Surveyor & Inspector, who Protected several Production Companies filming on or near the railroad tracks and was advised by various producers, directors & actors to consider Acting. Along with the arts, Paul has a passion for Railroad Safety as well! A person or vehicle is hit about every 3 hours in the USA by a Train (“See Tracks~THINK TRAIN!”, www.Oli.org). For a Free Operation Lifesaver Presentation for your school, business or organization, please contact: [email protected]
Also serving as CASA 0101's Executive Director, Emmanuel Deleage is a graduate of UCLA in World Arts and Cultures, where he counts Peter Sellars and Judy Mitoma amongst his mentors. At UCLA, he met John Malpede, the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Poverty Department, a theater troupe based in skid row, which he joined first as a performer and eventually becoming the company’s Administrator. With this experience in nonprofit management he later started Courage Productions, a nonprofit company producing French author’s Armand Gatti’s epic Public Song about the Sacco-Vanzetti affair. In 2001 he and Josefina Lopez partnered together to grow CASA 0101. In 2003 and then again in 2006 he worked as Armand Gatti’s assistant director in France. From 2008 – 2011, he led the organization’s capital campaign to renovate the former 1st Street Boxing Gym into the new CASA 0101.
Glenna Avila is an artist, educator, and arts administrator and is dedicated to the arts, young people, and communities, which she considers a component of her arts practice. She is currently the Wallis Annenberg Director of Youth Programs and the Artistic Director of the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She was the Founding Director of the CAP program and has worked to bring it to national attention since 1991. Before coming to CalArts, she worked for 14 years with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs as Director of several community art centers. She serves on the Board of Casa 0101, is the Vice President of the Board of the Association of Teaching Artists, and is on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Arts Comission’s Arts for All Initiative. She received her MA in Art from the University of New Mexico and her BA in Art from UCLA, and has exhibited her work throughout the United States.
Maria G. Martinez
Maria G. Martinez has been an active supporter of Casa 0101 for over ten years as a producer, writer, director, and actor. Maria seeks to explore and share experiences through various media including stand-up comedy, writing, storytelling, film and theater. As a playwright she staged “Breakfast With My Mother” at Casa 0101 and at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. Maria also developed and presented solo performances at Highways, and Angel’s Gate Cultural Center. Maria has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University at L.A. and a certificate in Engineering and Construction Management from UCLA. Maria worked 27 years with the City of Los Angeles in the Community Development Department where she held the position of Director of the Neighborhood Development Division. In this position she administered federal funds used for property acquisition, renovation, rehabilitation, and new construction of facility projects that benefited the community.
Nataasja is an LA artist, activist, curator, writer, composer & performer from Lincoln Heights. She is now based out of Los Cabos, Baja Sur, Los Angeles, & Oakland. Nataasja is a UCLA graduate who studied Writing, English, and Education. She has worked in business development for over 10 years and arts, & entertainment for over 25 years. Most recently she has worked with Casa 0101 as the curator and organizer of the annual "Prayers from LA" which includes art, performance, and documentation as a community festival benefit. She is a happy supporter of the community and local arts and seeks to contribute all she can to Casa 0101.
Suzanne Linares was born and raised in Highland Park. She has a master's in School Psychology from California State University Los Angeles and loves to paint, write and read. Since 2013 she has been involved with CASA 0101's annual festival, Chicanas Cholas y Chisme as a writer, associate producer, stage manager and assistant stage manager. She still lives in the house she grew up in.
Rosa is a freelance Video Producer, Editor, Writer, Director, Actor, and Teaching Artist in Southern California. Born in Bellavista Callao in Lima, Perú and raised in Los Angeles. Her immigrant experience nourishes her creative spirit and encourages her practice for community engagement in the arts. She volunteers with the Youth Film Program at Casa 0101 Theater, Young Storytellers, and Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF). Rosa is a graduate of Inner-City Filmmakers; a non-profit film school based in Los Angeles created after the LA Uprising to diversify the entertainment industry. She’s had the pleasure of writing, directing, producing at Casa 0101 Theater through the Chicanas, Cholas, Y Chisme Play Festival (2015-2017), and acted in various other productions like Drunk Girl (2015), Eastside Queer Stories (2016), Teatro Moz (2016), Aladdin Dual Language Edition (2016-2017), Comfort/Disturb’s performance troupe (2017), and in Beauty and the Beast (2017). Education: English B.A from University of California, Berkeley with minors in Creative Writing and Dance Performance. Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) with Integrated Movement Studies.
Ignacio is a screenwriter, playwright, and published short story author. He is also a Spanish/English voiceover talent. Ignacio’s love for the Casa Community sprung out of a screenwriting class he took at Little Casa. From there, he has continuously been enrolled in writing classes, has experienced plays at Casa 0101, and has participated in numerous events at Casa Fina. Ignacio is eager to help set the stage (literally) for artists of all disciplines within Boyle Heights, and from the Latino community beyond. Ignacio has deep connections with the Boyle Heights community, having worked as Development Director for Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission, and as Program Director of IMPACTO After-school Program. His years at Proyecto Pastoral allowed Ignacio to develop personal relationships with the people of community: kids and their parents; church leaders at Dolores Mission Church; other non-profits; and countless dedicated individuals striving to improve the lives of all resident of Boyle Heights.
Gabriela López de Dennis
Honorary Board Member
Gabriela López de Dennis was born and raised in Los Angeles to an artistic and musical family. She is a writer and producer, and as visual artist has specialized in the arts, entertainment and music industry for over 17 years. Gabriela works with USC School of Pharmacy’s production of health education foto-audio-visual novelas (English and Spanish), as writer, graphic designer, video editor, director and animator. Recent projects include Rosa Out of Control (broadcast on KLCS in spring of 2014) and Forgotten Memories (broadcast on KLCS in spring/summer 2015). She was also co-writer of the award-winning 10-episode educational web series Fixing Paco starring Paul Rodriguez. She is co-writer and producer on the feature film Edith & Harvey currently in post. As co-founder and C.E.O. of Lone Stars Entertainment, she co-wrote and was producer on the short film version B.O.O.S.T., scheduled for an October 2015 release.
Gina Linn Espinoza
Honorary Board Member
Gina Linn Espinoza is dedicated to growing and nurturing talent as a personal success and life coach. Given her diverse corporate management experience and energetic, positive thinking approach, Gina believes that the spirit of mankind, our diverse lives and shared history propel each of us forward creating a boundless untapped potential. Gina Linn was selected one of twenty-two Latinas in the United States as a recipient of the 2008 National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellowship, attending the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. Gina Linn loves the arts and works pro bono with artists of all walks to help them develop business sense balanced with their extraordinary talents, believing that art does make "all" the difference.