Giovanni Ortega (AEA, SAG) is a Performer, Author and director who has been working professionally around the country for over ten years. Most recently, he originated the role of Tumao in Aswang, an opera by acclaimed composer Florante Aguilar, in San Francisco. He also recently choreographed the musical adaptation of Velina Hasu Houston's award winning play TEA for East West Players in Los Angeles while, simultaneously, his play ALLOS, the story of Carlos Bulosan was produced in Chicago by CIRCA Pintig Theater Company.
Actor: Inside the Ford - Romance of Magno Rubio (LA Weekly Award Nomination), Center Theater Group- Dogeaters, East West Players- Imelda as Pres. Marcos, Playwright's Arena, Will and CO., 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". In addition, he has done numerous commercial and voice-over work.
Director: East West Players Writer's Institute series: I Heart LA, Head Aches, Max and the Revolution, Apple Falls from Tree, Guava Season, No Strings Quintet and Laid Off. (Choreographer) TEA with Music, Girl Most Likely To, Smoke and Mirrors, Romeo and Juliet 3. He is also the Artistic Director of Mezçlão Artistas where he produced the Festival KWENTO and Kita Tayo sa SIPA Series. In addition, he has (repeated word) also been asked to perform his original works at Cal-Lutheran University, NUVEIN Foundation for the Arts, Tuesday Night at the Cafe. (Playwright) East West Player's Playwright commission for ALLOS- the Story of Carlos Bulosan. Lost in the Margins (Cal-Lutheran Commission), Juan Tamad, Kwentong Pinoy (Co-writer, Pacific Asia Museum Commission), The Return (Co-writer), Kalayaan/ Freedom (UCLA Art+Activism, Kularts), People Power (SUU commission) Agos - Flow at the Getty Center. (Dancer) Kayamanan ng Lahi, Silayan, Akimbo Dance Project and Do Brazil. He also does workshops in educational Arenas and travels the country (Prisons, Universities and Organizations) w/ Playfair, a one-man show that incorporates improvisation with motivational speaking. Giovanni is currently a professor at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, AMDA and New York Film Academy,NYFA. His book, Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio, is published by The Undeniables.
Public speaker (partial list): LMU - Los Angeles, Pomona College, Cal-Poly Pomona, Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment, AFIRE, Southern Utah University, Lone Star College, UCSD, Shorter College, Butler University, Barry University, ASU, Ringling School of Art and Design, San Diego State, LMU - New Orleans, Tulane University, Trinity University, Case Western, Occidental College, Schreiner University, Cal State san Bernadino, University of Louisiana- Lafayette, University of North Texas, Georgia Southwest State University, Mercer University, Wilmington College, Linfield College, California Lutheran University, Wartburg College, Luther College, Johnson and Wales and Eastern Michigan University. P.E.P. (Prison Entrepreneurship Program), Best Buddies, College Success Foundation, WA. Filipino Americans Coming Together, FACT Conference. SROW 2013 - National Orientation Directors Association.