Giovanni Ortega (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) is an Actor, Author and Director who has been working professionally since 2004. He believes in creating an accepting and inclusive relationship with artists and communities alike regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and class.
(Director) In the Next Room, Spring Awakening - The Musical, Medieval Mystery Play Cycle, Pomona College. For East West Players New Works Festival: I Heart LA, Head Aches, Max and the Revolution, Apple Falls from Tree, Guava Season, No Strings Quintet, Laid Off, The Charlatan and Jack in Common. Flow (Getty Museum), Lost in the Margins, Lazy John, Kwentong Pinoy (Pacific Asia Museum), Freedom (Kularts SF), People Like Me (Occidental College), Vida y Muerto (Fowler Museum), People Power (Southern Utah University).
(Actor) Inside the Ford - Romance of Magno Rubio (LA Weekly Award Nomination), Center Theater Group- Dogeaters, East West Players- Imelda as Pres. Marcos, Orestes 2.0, Will and CO-Romeo and Juliet, Conjunto- Playwright's Arena. He has also performed for the following theater companies:
The Actor's Gang, Boston Court, Latino Theater Company, The Colony, KulArts. (Film credits) Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima, Ray of Sunshine (Newport Beach Film Festival), Twixter, Coffee Date, "CSI" and the critically acclaimed NBC series Heroes. (Producer) Playwright’s Festival KWENTO, Kita Tayo sa SIPA series, Noche de Artistas - A Spoken Word Salon.
He wrote ALLOS, the story of Carlos Bulosan which was commissioned by East West Players Theater (Southern California tour, 2011). It was produced in Chicago the following year by the CIRCA Pintig Theater Company, who once again the play as part of Migrant Stories (March, 2014). During the same time, East West Players included an excerpt of his work in Our American Voice. ALLOS was recently filmed and produced by KSCI-LA18 http://youtu.be/mbY1eKTRw4w
(Choreographer) Cinnamon Girl, Blood Wedding, Girl Most Likely To, Smoke and Mirrors, Romeo and Juliet 3, Tea, with Music. (Dancer) Do Brasil, Kayamanan ng Lahi, Silayan and Akimbo Dance Project.
He has performed and spoken at over 300 organization/universities and prisons in North America with various one-person shows including Playfair, a program that incorporates Motivational Speaking, Diversity Engagement and Improvisation. In addition, he recently conducted a Method Acting and Directing Workshop for Upstage Theater in Bern Switzerland.
As an author, he took the literary artist category for FPAC Pahayag Project for the most sought after writer with his first book, Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio (published by The Undeniables) and is currently working on his second book entitled Boroughs of an Andalusian Gypsy.
This Spring, he will lead a Hip-Hop Theater Workshop for The Performance Project in Springfield, MA. East West Players is also presenting a staged reading of his play Iyakan Blues (The Criers) and
CIRCA PINTIG is including an excerpt from IGNOMINY for their upcoming production that focuses on Work, War and Immigration. He is a regular guest for LA18 programs Halo Halo with Kat Iniba, Kababayan Today and Pun Plip Pridays. Giovanni is a Visiting Professor for Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance.