Directed by Gianna Cioffi
Sindy Castro: Coquí
Felicia Santiago: Juracán, Abuela Ceiba, The Scientist and Forest Friends
J.F. Seary: Understudy
Stage Managed by José Noel
Accessibility Consultant by Lily Lipman
Puppet Design by Ashil Lee
Support for CART subtitles in this production was provided in part through funding from Access A.R.T./New York, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theaters / New York (A.R.T./New York).
Support was also offered from the Florence V. Burden Foundation at the recommendation of Foundation Director, Constance Childs Rosengarten.
Support also offered from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
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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.
Felicia Santiago ( Juracán, Abuela Ceiba, La Científica y Los Amigos del Bosque)
Felicia Santiago is a New York based artist who has been enjoying all the ways theater can serve everyone. With Zoom, she has been able to reach a wide array of audiences all over the world with virtual plays like Salem: Post Mortem and A California Story looking at historical contexts of marginalized identities and how those contexts shaped identity today. Now, she is so happy to have the chance to bring La Cancion en La Tormenta to even more friends!!! Felicia is so excited to have everyone meet Abuela, Pajaro Bobo and even learn something from Mosquito. Hopefully ,we can all learn something about ourselves, our emotions, our community, and how we can make a better future one action at a time.
Identity Description: Felicia has light brown skin, deep brown eyes, and curly dark brown hair that is roaring like a lion's mane. She is smiling wide, showing her teeth, with one dimple on her left.
J.F. Seary (Understudy)
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.
Lily Lipman (Accessibility Consultant)
Lily Lipman is a disabled short white woman with short brown hair and brown eyes. She believes strongly in creating accessible spaces for all folx. As an accessibility consultant she tries to help institutions brainstorm different ways they can connect with their audience. She tries to find opportunities for engagement that might not yet be taken advantage of. She is currently a member at the Museum Access Consortium, an Access Coordinator at New York City Children's Theater, and the Director of Education and Imagination Roomat Kaiser's Room. She teaches a course at CUNY for folx with disabilities on a Career in Cultural Institutions and is very passionate about increasing the number of people with disabilities in the arts. For more information on the services she offers you can reach her at
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
Gianna Cioffi (Director)
is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Emit Theatre. She works in NYC as a director, actor, producer, and educator. Gianna is a NYS certified theatre teacher and holds a Masters in Educational Theatre from The City College of New York.
José Noel ( Stage Manager)
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.