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.
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.
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.
Guadalupe Arellanes Castro
Communications and Outreach Coordinator | [email protected]
Guadalupe Arellanes is a graduate of Cal State University Long Beach with a BA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Throughout her time at CSULB she interned and volunteered for organizations such as Lesbian News Magazine, The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and Heal The Bay. From 2014-2015 she worked for Youth Justice Coalition under the LOBOS program as a peace builder/ youth outreach coordinator. Guadalupe has been Casa 0101's full-time Communications and Outreach Coordinator since July 2015. In addition to her role at CASA, Guadalupe serves as a mentor for Las Fotos Project and volunteer for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.
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.
Facilities Manager | [email protected]
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".
Casa 0101 Podcast Producer
Estuardo Munoz was born and raised in Boyle Heights. He has been a student at Casa since 2012 and acted in plays Trio Los Machos and An LA Journey. He now produces and hosts the Casa 0101 Podcast.
Art Gallery Curator | [email protected]
Jimmy Centeno holds an A.A. in Liberal Arts from East L.A. Community College, a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Cal State L.A., and is concluding a second Master’s in Art History. He was raised in South Central Los Angeles and is the son of immigrant parents born In Mexico and El Salvador. He is a welder by trade with 20 years of welding experience. His experience as a welder has brought him close day in and day out to many realities across different communities throughout the city of Los Angeles. He has organized art lectures at the Vincent Price Art Museum. He has also participated in international conferences on philosophy and aesthetics. He is currently working with renowned Mexican philosopher Enrique Dussel on de-colonial thought. As an artist he seeks to express himself by using all form of mediums which includes photography, welding, found objects, and painting. His art attempts to narrow the distance between borders, color/race and class. His goal is to bridge and stitch our differences by reducing the distance between us.