AZTEC PIRATES

Creative Team

Cast

Gabriel Regojo (Johnny) is a Houston native, and graduate of the University of Houston. Some credits include: (Stages Rep) Elliot in Water by the Spoonful, Matt in Ultimate Christmas Show abridged, and Jorge in My Manana Comes. (Catastrophic Theatre) Actor 5 in Bootycandy and Stuart in The Blackest Shore. (Alley Theatre) Davy Crocket/ Santa Ana in Survivors: an Alamo Play. (Mildred's Umbrella) Victor in Dry Land. Gabriel also is a voice actor with multiple roles over various shows with Sentai Filmworks. 

Pamela Garcia Langton (Delia) is a Theatrical and Commercial actor who now resides in the Houston area.  Previous local theater credits include: Main Street Theater, Elliott, A Soldier’s Fugue, Alley Theatre, 72 Miles to Go, Wordsmyth Theater, World Classic, Teatrx, The Soldier’s Cross.  Some commercial credits include: Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Metro Buses, College of Healthcare Professionals, Allstate, and Elyson/Newland Communities to name a few.

Ollie Corchado (Beto) is an actor/writer based out of New York City. Stage Credits: A Spider’s Web (Wet Paint New Play Festival); Counting Pedestals (Metropolitan Playhouse) Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Forum);  My Father’s Heart (Wet Paint New Play Festival); Not About Nightingales (Empirical Stage); Romeo and Juliet (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Indian Head (Luna Stage); Richard III (Gallery Players); Peter and the Starcatcher (Milwaukee Rep. & Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Forever 27 (DUTF NYC); Treasure Island (Hampstead Stage Company). TV/Film: Stalked Someone’s Watching (Investigation Discovery); Deadly Sins (Investigation Discovery); En Route: A Webseries (Co-created by him). During quarantine he has also performed in several zoom performances with some amazing companies like: The Show Must Go Online; The Metropolitan Playhouse; The Tank NYC; The Greenhouse Ensemble; The Playground Experiment; New Ambassadors Theatre.

Pablo Bracho (Salvador/Captain Pulito) started his career on the stage with a production of West Side Story (Chino) and has since covered almost every area of professional acting from straight dramas, Our Lady of 121st Street (Balthazar), Hamlet (Rosencranz); MacBeth (Rosse), Book of Magdalene (Suit), Blood Wedding (Leonardo), Death and the Maiden (Gerardo); Comedia del Arte, Tartuffe (Cléante), The Miser (Master Jaques); comedies ¡Cantinflas! (Medel, Milkman, et. al.), Elizabeth I (King Philip of Spain) to musical theater The Rink (Lucky), Kiss of the Spider Woman – The Musical (Valentin), Assasins (Zangarra). Also productions in Mexico, The Seagull (Dorn), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dr. Baugh), Wit (Dr. Kelekian), Happy (Eduardo), Paradise of Invention (Lawyer). He has appeared in numerous TV series and movies, El Chema, Sincronía, Sin Tu Mirada, Falco, El Cesar, Machete Kills, Through the Valley, Light from the Darkroom, Dallas, Revolution, Quemar las Naves, J’OK-EL.

Lillian Andrea De Leon (Michelle) A singer, actor, and songwriter, Lillian (she/her/hers) is a New York City based artist from Texas. Pre Covid, she has done many regional productions in North Texas including Liesl Tommy's reimagined Les Miserables at Dallas Theater Center. In the city she is best known for being a cabaret regular in venues such as Feinstein’s 54 Below, Laurie Beechman Theatre, City Winery, Green Room 42 and more. She has also done many new readings and singing appearances in this new era of online and virtual performances. One being her first solo show that was nominated for Best Live Streamed Concert of BroadwayWorld’s Cabaret Awards 2020. (insta: @lillianandreadl)

Nicole Orabona (Elida) (she/hers) is a collaborative theatre-maker with a passion for interactive, immersive, and devised new work. She has trained with the SITI Company, Frantic Assembly, Honey Pot Performance, and The Interactive PlayLab. Additionally, she is a company member of Emit Theatre, spit&vigor, and Drama Desk Nominated Live in Theater. Recent credits include Midsummer, Romeo & Juliet (Emit), Luna Eclipse (spit&vigor), Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec (Bated Breath, original devising member), meg jo beth amy & louisa (Tier5/Hollywood Fringe). She has worked on over 2 dozen interactive productions and prestige immersive events for clients that include Netflix and MGM. Nicole holds a BA from Boise State University. nicoleorabona.com

Alexandra Castro (Carmen) a native Texan living in New York City, has been seen in Legends of Texas (Primary Stages), Dead End (M. Graham Productions) and,Fat Pig (Roulette Intermedium).  Television credis include Dead Again (A&E Networks) and online work include Power To The P (Funny or Die).  She attended Stella Adler Studio in New York City.  In addition to acting, she is also a dancer, screenwriter and plus size model.

Maria Isabella Rojas (Xothitl) was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York. She attended University of San Francisco, receiving a B.A. in Performing Arts and Social Justice, and is a recent graduate of the Atlantic Theatre Company’s Full-Time Acting Conservatory. She’s been a company member of Flying H Theater where she was Veronica in The Motherfucker with the Hat, Emilia in Honky, and TracyAnn in Sealed with Freshness. Other credits include Good People (Kate), The List (Karen), Death of a Salesman (Letta) at Santa Paula Theater, zounds! (Aphrodite) at Edinburg Fringe Festival, The Visit (Karla), Cleopatra Under Water (Charity) at Atlantic Acting School; Woyzeck, Agnes of God, Cherry Orchard at USF.  Film and television credits include Kodak Shirley (The Hive Provo Film Festival winner Best Actress in a Drama), Wounded, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Dop La Liberta, The Phone Call, The Internship Games, Roommate Wanted, Mountain Park, Beware of Gonzo, Milk, and Saturday Night Live. She has also trained at Wynn Handman Studio, HB Studio, Heidi Marshall Studio and Circle in the Square Theatre School.

Jeana Magallon (Stage Directions) is a recent graduate of the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance where she received her BFA in Theatre. She is a co-founder of Says Who? Productions and a local actress, director, and writer in the great city of Houston. She was most recently seen acting in Inner View, a staged reading part of Stages Repertory’s 2021 Sin Muros Festival. Other local acting credits  include Lysistrata at Classical Theatre Company and Missing from the Museum and First Day Nueva Escuela with Brave Little Company. Her short play, Daphne in the Laurel Tree, has been featured in the NEOS New Short Play Showcase, and some of her other works have been seen in the University of Houston 10 Minute Play Festival. Her UH acting credits include FuenteOvejuna, Broken Horizon, Man and Superman, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Mr. Marmalade, and The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls.

Production Team

Laura Moreno (Director) is excited to be working with The Landing Theatre Company again! Recently hired as the new Managing Director of The Catastrophic Theatre, she is on the eve of completing an MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing and MA in Arts Leadership through University of Houston’s Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts. She received a BFA in Acting in 2016 for the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance. She is known throughout the local theatre community as a costume and wig designer, makeup artist, actress, producer, arts admin, teaching artist and director. Laura has taught for the Alley, Main Street and the University of Houston. She is currently on the advisory board for El Zocalo at the Alley. She served as an advisor and task force member as well as on the play selection committee for Stages’ Sin Muros LatinX Theatre Festival. Her other projects include: Bard in a Box: A Traveling Shakespeare Puppet Show and Women in Theatre - Houston. She’s the founder and Chief representative for the Parent Artists Advocacy League (PAAL) as well as a member for the College of the Arts and School of Theatre and Dance DEI committee.

Allison Viera (Stage Manager) is a stage management graduate from University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance. She is resident stage manager and company manager for Rec Room Arts. Stage management credits include: Bach at Leipzig, The Servant of Two Masters, and SAC’s 90th Showcase at San Antonio College, Christmas Carol at Clear Creek Community Theatre, UH’s 2018 10-Minute Play Festival, The Landing Theatre’s Development Reading Series cyber/sex, New American Voices Queen of Sad Mischance, and Oleanna with The Landing Theatre, Hedda Gabler with Rec Room’s Artist Residency program, The Children, Woyzeck, On The Exhale, Hansel & Gretel and Exit Strategy with Rec Room Arts, and Horse Head Theatre Co.’s staged reading of Advance Man. Allison has worked as the assistant stage manager for Houston’s Playing On Purpose with ACTing Up Studios’ In All Thy Getting, Rec Room’s The Royale, and the world premieres of UH’s Thicker Than Honey, UH’s 2017 10-Minute Play Festival, and Wanda, Daisy, and the Great Rapture with The Landing Theatre and Obsidian Theatre. Her most recent work includes Rec Room’s Sound Scripts. She’s thankful for this chance to continue working with The Landing Theatre and these wonderful artists.

James  V. Thomas (Scenic Designer) is a graduate of the HBCU, Prairie View A & M University where he studied theatre technology.  He is the technical director of the Center of Excellence for the Visual and Performing Arts at Houston Community College Central Campus.  He has a 39-year history with The Ensemble Theatre as a scenic and prop designer, carpenter and company manager and has been the resident designer and technical consultant for over fifteen years.  He has produced scenic design for ten world premieres and numerous regional premiers.  He has won Giorgee Awards for Best Set Design for The Wiz, Gem of the Ocean and Blues for an Alabama Sky and received a Broadway World nomination for Fences , Glengarry Glen Ross and a win for Josephine Tonight.   James is one of a few designers that has designed all ten of the August Wilson American Cycle.  In addition to his work at The Ensemble Theatre, his designs have been seen locally at Houston theatres such as Dirt Dog Theater, Main Street Theatre, Express Theatre, Theatre under the Stars, Opera in the Heights, Ebony Opera Guild and Houston Grand Opera as well as at the Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, New York, Pittsburgh's New Horizons Theater and the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He has been a presenter with The United States Institute for Theatre Technology and has had two gallery shows of his work.  His scenic art is seen in different places such as the television station Channel 11, an environmental space for enamel artist, Jan Harrel, and at various buildings and private homes.  His designs were presented along with seven Houston scenic artists in the book, Ready Set Go, organized by the Architecture Center Houston (ArCH) as well as the compendium of Black Theatre in Texas entitled Stages of Struggle and Celebration:  A Production History of Black Theatre in Texas.  James is the 2019 recipient of The National Black Theater Festival award for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design Award.

Kristie Chiyere Osi Shackelford (Costume Designer) is a Nigerian-American Costume Designer based out of Houston, Texas with a Master’s of Fine Art in Costume Technology. She began her career as a stitcher in the costume shop at Houston Grand Opera in 2016. That experience opened up a world of opportunity for a passion she had all her life. Kristie’s first professional costume design was Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in May 2018 and was awarded Costume Design of the Decade from the Broadway World Regional Awards in January 2020. Her credits include but are not limited to: Carmen (Opera Orlando); Marian’s Song (Houston Grand Opera); The Leader and Kassandra (Opera in the Heights); Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Too Heavy for Your Pocket, 'da Kink in My Hair, and I, Too, Am America (The Ensemble Theatre); Picasso at Lapin Agile (Rice University); as well as Tilly the Trickster, Bunnicula, and A View From The Bridge (LoneStar College). Kristie's passion for innovation and creativity has taken her as far as Madrid to present Costume Technology research to Costume Designers from around the world.

Christina R. Giannelli (Lighting Designer) designs lighting for ballet, opera, theater and events. In the course of her career she has been the Resident Lighting Designer for Cleveland-San Jose Ballet, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Texas Ballet Theater, and has designed extensively for other ballet and opera companies throughout the United States and abroad.  She delights in lighting new works, productions that blend multiple art forms, and installations. Recent pre-COVID projects include Sensitive Guys (Stages); Peer Gynt (Classical Theatre Company); Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (AD Players); From Riverside to Crazy, Pride and Prejudice, Lobby Hero, The Glass Menagerie (4th Wall); As the Shadows Fall (CORE); Swan Lake (Pittsburg Ballet Theater) and restagings for Oklahoma Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Acosta Danza. She is the founder of Dance Source Houston, a service organization that supports and promotes Concert Dance in Houston, and is currently developing an inn for visiting artists in Houston’s EaDo neighborhood.  Born and raised in New York City, she received a BA in History of Art and Theatre Studies from Yale College and studied lighting design at the Yale School of Drama.  She is spending COVID time pursuing an MFA at the University of Houston.

Sean Ramos (Sound Designer) is a Sound Designer, Sound Engineer, Writer, Actor, Musician, and Composer with over 20 years of professional industry experience. Ramos was a constant, if not unseen and unsung, fixture of the Houston Music and Theatre scene up to 2019. He was a drummer, turned pit musician, turned Music Director, turned Sound Designer and finally made the move to NYC where he found immediate bookings Off-Broadway, including the Off-Broadway hit, Emojiland, with nowhere to go but up!

And then Covid-19 came.

Since Broadway has been shut down, Sean has utilized almost every single one of his talents (and some new ones) writing, sound designing, voice acting and producing an original post-apocalyptic audio drama called This American Wasteland and sound designing in the age of virtual theatre - most recently, Candice D’Meza’s Fatherland. Sean is excited to be working on new works and The Landing Theatre Company on Aztec Pirates.