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Meet the New Van Lier Fellowship Directors!

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Every two years, Repertorio hand in hand with The New York Community Trust has chosen three accomplished, young, Hispanic directors the opportunity to hone their craft on Repertorio’s iconic stage. Now charged with two productions over two summers – one contemporary play in 2014 and a Siglo de oro (17th century Spanish) play in 2015 – Repertorio proudly welcomes Victoria Collado, Diego Chiri and Estefania Fadul and looks forward to the great energy these talented individuals will bring!

Their plays, El cruce sobre el Niágara, Fin de semana and Así van los fantasmas de México (primera parte) will be playing all summer. So check out the newest members of the familia Repertorio and don’t forget to buy your tickets to these three great plays!

For tickets, visit www.repertorio.org/fellowship or call (212) 225 9999

 

VICTORIA COLLADO

Vitoria Collado by Synapse Shots

HOMETOWN: Miami, Florida
BACKGROUND: Cuban
2014 PRODUCTION: El cruce sobre el Niágara by Alonso Alegría

Victoria Collado is a native of Miami, Florida of Cuban background and is a graduate of Florida International University where she received her BFA in Theatre Performance.

Both an actress and director, she is influenced by the works of Brecht, Pina Bausch and Agusto Boal and is very interested in mixing movement with naturalist plays to create an exciting energy in the theatre. Back in Miami, she directed for MicroTeatro Miami, What If Works and other theatres in the area.

She has chosen El cruce sobre el Niagara (Crossing the Niágara) as her New York Premiere, though her previous work on Los últimos días de una casa was nominated for an ACE award as well as an ATI Award win for Best Director of a Monologue.

El cruce sobre el Niágara by Alonso Alegría will be premiering at Repertorio on July 3rd. Following the story of an acrobat who is questioned by a skeptical young man, he is impelled to do what he has never done before – cross the Niagara with a man on his back.

 

DIEGO CHIRI

Diego M. Chiri by Natt McFee

HOMETOWN: Lima, Perú
BACKGROUND: Peruvian
2014 PRODUCTION: Fin de semana by Julio Ramón Ribeyro

Diego M. Chiri is a native of Lima, Peru – a graduate of the Champagnat High School and going on to graduate from the Community College of Philadelphia and Bucknell University with Cum Laude honors and degrees in Film and Theatre.

Diego has an impressive directing history in both film and theatre, having directed Ashes (2010), The Zoo Story (2011) and the documentary Devising the American Family (2012) which was screened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Throughout his education, he garnered various scholarships and academic accolades, including the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship, the CCP Foundation Scholarship, and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

A fan of the work of Julio Ramón Ribeyro – particularly the writer’s lesser known scripts – Diego will be directing the powerful Fin de semana (Weekend) by said author, premiering July 24th. Following the death of an indigenous child on the property of a private club in 1960s Lima, the architect of the building must decide between reporting the negligence or protecting his own social class – a decision made more difficult by the clubs owner, an oligarch capable of anything when his interests are threatened.

 

ESTEFANÍA FADUL

Estefanía Fadul by Shelly Rodríguez

HOMETOWN: Hannover, New Hampshire
BACKGROUND: Colombian
2014 PRODUCTION: Así van los fantasmas de México, primera parte by Matthew Paul Olmos

Estefania Fadul is a Colombian born, New Hampshire raised director with her own company – Pleiades Productions – of which she is Artistic Director. Aside from that impressive feat, she has also directed and co-produced various readings, workshops and productions including Well by Lisa Kron and Persephone by Mathew Minnicino (FringeNYC). She has assisted various directors like Ed Sylvanus Iskandar (The Flea), Jo Bonney (MCC), Sheryl Kaller (Powerhouse Theatre/NYSAF), Tracy Young (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Michael Barakiva (Upstart Creatures).

A graduate of Vassar College, she has also studied at the Prague Film School and the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab.

For her first Van Lier production at Repertorio, Estefania has chosen Así van los fantasmas de México, Primera Parte (So Go the Ghosts of México, Part One) by Matthew Paul Olmos, a fascinating play exploring the effect of the current U.S/Mexican drug wars. Inspired by true events, a young woman becomes the police chief of her village when nobody else dares to. Armed with a pacifist message, she must reevaluate the worth of her fight after she sets off a chain of events.

 

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The Van Lier Fellowship: A Tradition of Dedication to a New Generation

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Director Andrés Zambrano, former participant in the Van Lier Directing Fellowship, will direct Federico García Lorca's "La zapatera prodigiosa" in Februrary of 2014

Director Andrés Zambrano, former participant in the Van Lier Directing Fellowship, will direct Federico García Lorca’s “La zapatera prodigiosa” in Februrary of 2014

Repertorio Español is announcing the opening the application process for one of its most prestigious initiatives, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship. thanks to the outstanding generosity of The New York Community Trust, the program is designed for emerging Hispanic and Latino directors in New York City and has proven to be an incredible opportunity to develop their craft.

Those selected will mount two professional productions over the course of two summers; a contemporary play in the summer of 2014 and a play from Spain’s “Siglo de oro” (Golden Age) in the summer of 2015.

In addition to the “MetLife Nuestras Voces” National Play Writing Competition – a competition for emerging playwrights writing about the Latino experience to have their work produced – the Van Lier Fellowship is part of a long tradition here at Repertorio dedicated to nurturing a new generation of playwrights, directors and artists. The theatrical tradition is ingrained deep in Latino culture, and assuring the rise of a new generation of talented directors is integral to the cultural development of the Hispanic-American community. The ability to successfully mount two plays – one contemporary and one centuries old – offers an unparalleled opportunity for young directors to successfully gain their footing in the world of theater and be able to comfortably adapt to the myriad of tastes, styles and cultures that together make up the diverse Latino community in New York City. More importantly, this is an opportunity to gain experience and confidence, as often times these productions are the director’s first professional theatrical production in their career.

Throughout the years, many of today’s featured and highlighted Latino directors passed through the fellowship, including the current Resident Director of Repertorio Español, José Zayas. Others have continued to direct productions at Repertorio and elsewhere, including Andrés Zambrano who will be directing Repertorio’s production of Lorca’s “La zapatera prodigiosa” in February of 2014. Other names include Jerry Ruiz, Eduardo Navas (2004) and Michael John Garces. The Van Lier directors are always a pool of young, fresh faces particularly because the application process is exclusively for those under 30. In a city as competitive as New York, such opportunities are golden, giving young artists at the morning of their career the opportunity to garner not only new skills and know-how, but also experience, reviews, and attention from the press. The relationship between director and theater is a harmonious and mutually beneficial symbiosis – young directors are given the resources they need to mount a full production at a prestigious theater while Repertorio is injected with fresh, young theatrical perspective and raw talent.

Check out just a few of the Van Lier fellows from recent years, and be sure to keep a lookout for them and their future productions.

ANDRÉS ZAMBRANO
DIRECTOR, LA ZAPATERA PRODIGIOSA
2010 VAN LIER FELLOW

Andrés Zambrano was born in Cuenca, Ecuador. He graduated from Bard College with a double major in Theatre and Literature. While in college, he was awarded a scholarship by the Neediest Cases of The New York Times. He has directed plays like “Coser y cantar” by Dolores Prida, “The Love of Don Perlimplín” in the new Frank O. Gehry Performing Arts Center and in 2005 he directed “Yerma” by Federico García Lorca. He has assisted Sir Jonathan Miller, Peter Schneider and Francesca Zambello. He was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship for Young Directors at Repertorio Español program for which he directed Federico García Lorca’s “El public.” “Judging by the work of Andrés Zambrano, there is strong reason to belief that this new director has a very promising future.” FERNANDO CAMPOS, EL ESPECIAL (2010)

JOSÉ ZAYAS
REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL RESIDENT DIRECTOR
2004 VAN LIER FELLOW

José Zayas was recently appointed Resident Director of Repertorio Español. His credits with Repertorio Español include “Madre, el drama padre,” “Letters to a Mother,” “Nowhere on the Border,” “The House of the Spirits,” “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy,” “In the Time of the Butterflies,” “Love in the Time of Cholera,” “21,” and “Our Little Girl is Getting Married.” His production of “The House of the Spirits,” based on Isabel Allende’s novel, won multiple ACE and HOLA awards, including Best Production and Director. It had its international debut at the Mori Theatre in Santiago, Chile. He also directed it at the Denver Center where it won numerous Ovation Awards including Best Production and Direction and was selected as Best Production of the Year by the Denver Post. Zayas was born in Puerto Rico and graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities.

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