Giovanni Ortega (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC) has been working professionally for over a decade as a proponent of the performing arts, a community organizer, cultural navigator and an educator. He believes in creating an accepting and inclusive relationship with artists and communities alike regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and class.
In the past few years, he's teamed up with several organizations around the world to observe how the arts and culture are used to inform different populations on how we can decimate discrimination and enhance acceptance. They engage, investigate and create stories that usually go untold but are relevant and important to share with everyone.
As a multidisciplinary artist, a public speaker in over one-hundred-forty college campuses and an international collaborator, these experiences have given Giovanni the opportunity to see the variety and diversity of what our society has to offer. This is what he continuously instills with people he interacts with in communities, organizations and academia. Giovanni is currently the Artistic Director for FilAm Arts Teatro and a professor for
AMDA College of the Performing Arts as well as Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles.
We invite you at Chinatown Branch Library to gather in remembrance of the Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay victims.
Coffee, tea, and pastries will be provided.
The Lunar New Year Parade will start at 1 p.m. in front of our library. We encourage everyone to arrive early to locate parking and use public transportation. Street closures will begin at 10 a.m.
This program is supported by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and in collaboration with
SAMA SAMA: SOLIDARITY IN THE FIELDS
by Giovanni Ortega
Sama Sama: Solidarity in the Fields is a story that utilizes the Balagtasan poetic debate form told through the lens of Tonantzin, Araw and Uriel, three high school students who are finding themselves and their cultural identity by learning about the “Manongs” and “Bracero Program”. It emphasizes the shared narratives of Mexican and Filipino culture and uses English, Spanish, and Tagalog to amplify this important piece of history.
Kayamanan Ng Lahi | Treasures of our People explores the idea of a new beginning represented by the butterfly through Poetry, Music & Dance.
Presented by Poetry Festival Singapore
CTG's College & Career Fair for the Arts 2022:
Spinning Forward and Redefining What is Possible.
Meet the creatives who write, direct, and perform everything that happens onstage.
Rose Portillo, Giovanni Ortega, and Sefa Aina, joined the Department of Performance Studies in a conversation about how they activate communities through their own disciplines and positions in the community. Curated by M.A. Candidate and Graduate Assistant Fluffy Andres Aguilar.
San Diego REP is proud to announce our inaugural HERE U.S. NOW new play commissioning program! Learn more about it from The REP's Literary Manager, Danielle Ward, and meet the six playwrights we have selected to write new works.
REP Associate Producer and Casting Director Kim Heil interviews three of six REP commissioned playwrights for the new Here U.S. Now project. Recorded on June 25, 2020.
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