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Staff

Josefina Lopez

Josefina Lopez

Founding & Artistic Director
Josefina Lopez started CASA 0101 in 2000. Having grown up in Boyle Heights, her vision was to bring live theater and her educational and cultural experiences to the predominately Spanish-Speaking immigrant community of Boyle Heights. Her play, "Real Women Have Curves", went on to become an HBO film in 2002. Ms. Lopez continues to support, inspire and teach at CASA 0101. Having had over 80 professional productions of her plays throughout the United States, Josefina Lopez is one of today’s preeminent Chicana Writers. Her first play, "Simply Maria", reached it’s 20 year anniversary in September 2006. Ms. Lopez has won numerous awards, including a Gabriel Garcia Marquez award from the Mayor of Los Angeles in 2003. She is also the Founder of the Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza (BHLIFE). Ms. Lopez has an MFA in screenwriting from the prestigious UCLA Film and Television school. For more information about Josefina Lopez, go to www.josefinalopez.com.

Emmanuel Deleage

Emmanuel Deleage

Executive Director | [email protected]
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 non-profit management he later started Courage Productions, a non-profit 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.

Mark Kraus

Mark Kraus

Administrator | [email protected]
Mark Kraus grew up in Boyle Heights and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He attended UC Berkeley where he double majored in Rhetoric and Music. From 2006 to 2009 he worked for the Hamilton Family homeless shelter as a counselor in San Francisco. He has been CASA 0101's full-time Administrator since September 2010.

Sohail e. Najafi

Sohail e. Najafi

Technical Director | [email protected]
Sohail e. Najafi first began working with CASA 0101 in the winter of 2012 when he designed lighting for their production of “I Don’t Have To Show You No Stinking Badges.” From there he went on to design CASA’s next two shows and as a result was asked to join CASA’s staff as their new Technical Director in the Spring of 2013. In addition to his role at CASA, Sohail continues his design career with credits including The Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk, The Colony Theatre in Burbank, and The Luckman Theater at CSULA. Additionally he serves as design faculty for the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in Culver City. Sohail studied stage design and directing at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Vincent Sanchez

Vincent Sanchez

Facilities Manager | [email protected]

Jorge Villanueva

Jorge Villanueva

Facilities Technician | [email protected]
Jorge Villanueva grew up in Boyle Heights and is the resident Lighting Technician at CASA 0101. He has operated lights for numerous productions including "Thy Kingdom Come", "The Cleaning Lady", "Ojala!", "Trio Los Machos" and "Tamales de Puerco".