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Directed by José Noel
Originally devised by Sindy Castro, Gianna Cioffi, José Noel, and Felicia Santiago
Sindy Castro: Coquí
J.F. Seary: Juracán, Abuela Ceiba, The Scientist and Forest Friends
Stage Managed by Krystal Brenes
Puppet Design by Ashil Lee
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Bios and Identity Descriptions
Sindy Isabel Castro (Coquí)
Sindy Isabel Castro is an actress, educator, and theatre artist. She is co-founder of Jugando N Play. She is a graduate of CUNY's MA in Applied Theatre. Sindy is a teaching artist with Arts Connection, New York City Children's Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, and the People's Theatre Project in NYC. Sindy strives to use theatre as a tool for creating multilingual and multicultural spaces where young people are empowered to embrace their home languages and cultures. Recent credits: The Neighbors - Los Vecinos - Las Vecinas (Jugando N Play), Reprise (Adventure Stage/National Theatre of Scotland), La Canción en la Tormenta: The Coquí's Quest (Emit Theatre). www.sindyicastro.com
Identity Description: Sindy is a light-skinned Latina woman in her early 30s. She has long brown curly hair and brown eyes.
J.F. Seary (Juracán, Abuela Ceiba, The Scientist, and Forest Friends)
J.F. Seary is a Nuyorican poet and actor who has toured nationally NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, L.A., Grand Rapids, Atlanta and Orlando. She has also performed in San Juan, PR, London and Seoul. She has performed in King Lear, Is there Room in your Heart, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Vivisection, Soledad Speaks, Of Mothers and Men and HerStory. J.F. Seary is currently writing for the web-series The New York Effect and was recently cast in two plays: Is There Such a Thing as Love and Twelfth Night. She is humbled by and eternally grateful for the continued love and support. www.jfseary.webs.com
Identity Description: J.F. Seary is a woman with brown skin and dark brown curly hair and she wears light blue glasses.
Krystal Brenes (Stage Manager)
Krystal Brenes is a born and raised New Yorker hailing from Washington Heights. She is a sound designer and engineer who has worked in the theatre and music industry. She loves working with children, especially in music and sound.
Ashil Lee (Puppet Designer)
Ashil Lee is a New York based actor, sex educator, and puppet maker. Current MA Candidate: NYU Gallatin Sex Education in Theatre and Media. NYU: Tisch. BFA in Acting, Minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Ashil has had the joy of playing with Emit Theatre for Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (twice), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest. www.ashillee.com @ashilcraft
José Noel (Director)
José Noel (he/him/his) is a Director, Stage Manager and Set Designer. He recently got his B.A. in Theatre and FS: Africa,PR/Lat Studies at Hunter College. This is his third production working with Emit, and he’s very excited to be working again with them. He would like to thank his family and friends for their support. Thank you!
Special Thanks to Ana Mendez, Kristin Dwyer, Elizabeth LLamosa, and Nanette Cioffi for their help in translating our written materials into Spanish.