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.
Maura McGuinness is a special-events, theatrical and architectural lighting designer. As an architectural designer, she most recently worked for the distinguished national firm, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design. She currently works as a specification sales representative for LIGHT assisting Architects, Engineers and Lighting Designers with project challenges. At CASA 0101, Ms. McGuinness has designed numerous productions and events including the grand opening performance of Real Women Have Curves in September of 2011. This design was completed after a rigorous four year process of designing the architectural and theatrical lighting and building system for the new venue. With CASA 0101, Ms. McGuinness also designed for the Brown and Out series and has travelled with the company to Ireland and New York, NY. Other theatrical lighting designs range from performance art to dance and opera and include work seen at the historic Hollywood Bowl.
Paul Renteria is an Actor, Biker, Cowboy, and a retired railroad Surveyor & Construction Project Engineer. He continues to audition, ride horses, study acting & writing and has appeared on stage, television, national commercials & film. He was born in East Los Angeles CA and graduated at age 19 with an A.S. Degree in Drafting & Design Technology from Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead CA in June 1978. In October 1978, he started traveling, and researching his roots & culture in the Southwest while working 36 years for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. He began his acting career in 1991. He was honored with a BNSF 2010 Employee of the Year Award, retiring October 15, 2014. Since October 16, 2014, he has been making Chicano History as the State of California's 1st Ever Railroad Bridge Inspector. Along with the arts, Paul has a passion for Railroad Safety and is an Operation Lifesaver Volunteer. Paul also participates in many Motorcycle Charity Events and Children’s Toy Runs in the USA & Mexico with “Rolling Deep 4 Charities”. Paul is a Dreamer & hopes to inspire future generations with his experiences in the acting & railroad trenches.
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.
Martín Olvera was born and raised in East L.A. He received his musical training locally in classical violin, classical voice, and mariachi technique at the Neighborhood Music Settlement House, The Los Angeles Music and Art School, the Saturday Conservatory of Music at Cal State L.A., East L.A. College, USC, and Cal State University Los Angeles (Professor Richard McComb – classical voice, Professor Noumi Fischer – violin.) He recently retired from teaching after 32 years of service for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He also taught on the faculty of the Saturday Conservatory and Plaza de la Raza. He performed locally with La Sifónica del Barrio, the Huntington Park Symphony, the Cal State University Orchestra and Opera Workshop, the Southeast Symphony, and the Verdi Chorus. He was the second director of Mariachi Mexicapan and directed Mariachi Juvenil Pico Union for five years. Today Martin is committed to audience development for live performing arts that speak to the Spanish speaking and Los Angeles’ varied ethnic communities.
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.
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.