Valor, Our L.A. Voices

Directed by Fran De Leon, Choreography by Giovanni Ortega 



Benny and Han are Asian-American brothers in high school. Benny wants to pursue his dream of being a professional football player, while Han has a passion for the medical field.
The two worlds collide as the brothers come face to face with bullying, stereotypes, and personal responsibility.

This project is made possible by generous support from the 

City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), The Aratani Foundation

and Dwight Stuart Youth Fund.


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Giovanni continues to direct plays in the U.S. and internationally. He is currently collaborating with the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity in Singapore with shows such as: Siti Rubiyah, Welcome to Manhood and the Body Series - The Creation of My Body, Words of My Body and Thoughts of My Body (8/18). He also adapted and directed The Kingdom of Banaras in Varanasi, India as well as conducted Musical Theatre Workshops for Burapha Uinversity in Thailand. Playwriting Australia invited him to be the resident scholar for the 2016 National Play Festival in Melbourne  and thereafter conducted An Immigrant’s Diasporic Imagination workshop in Sydney. Additional works down under include directing Creation of My Body (Brisbane) and Katawan for ACI Central in Campbelltown, NSW.  

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A Guest Artist for Boska Komedia - Divine Comedy Festival 2017 in Kraków, Poland.  He facilitated performance workshops as well as directed What the Butler Saw at Upstage Bern in Switzerland. Allos, The Story of Carlos Bulosan was presented at the Kamapala International Theatre Festival in Uganda. Additional credits include musicals: Cabaret, Urinetown, Spring Awakening, Mama Bares (East West Players) and plays: The Hotel Play (AD, Playwright's Arena/Centre Theatre Group), Convergence Zone, In the Next Room, The House of the Spirits, Medieval Mystery Plays The Last Firefly (Artist at Play/CTG). He was the co-producer for Beyond Our Outward Guise: Filipino American Stories at the 

Pasadena Playhouse. 

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During the summer of 2018, he 

co-directed La Madre de los Todos Exilios, The Mother of All  Exiles at La Casa Tercer Acto in Barrio Lourdes in Bogotá, in collaboration with Tricklock Theatre Co.

As a filmmaker, he directed and produced Upon the Fragile Shore, which was screened at the 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival & The NoPassport Theatre Conference Dreaming the Americas: Who is it for? He also produced six short films entitled Green shorts: films (re)imagining our troubled environment including his screenplay El Pescador y La Lluvia, The Fisherman and The Rain. The films were part of VisionLA Fest, COPOUT at the Arts House Theatre in Melbourne & University of Panamá. These screenings were presented as part of ARTCOP21, a global initiative for cultural activity in Climate Change.