Creative Team

312269_10150326486167013_7043956_nMichael Aquino

Michael Aquino is a Cuban-Puerto Rican musician and performer born in urbanlands of northern New Jersey. He has played at the Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival, Madison Holiday Arts Festival, Hillside Cafe, Montclair State Centennial Celebration, Boro 6 Music Festival, and the Glen Ridge Arts Festival, among others. Michael has written over 60 original songs and was nominated for a 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Award (Top Male Songwriter category). He created and facilitated 14 Songs in 14 Days, an intensive online songwriting workshop. He was also the creator and host of Indie Music Circus, a showcase for independent musicians. In 2010 Michael released The Black Friday Sessions with the band Sirs. He’s currently in production for his debut solo album. Más allá!

DeivitoDeivis Garcia

Deivis “Deivito” Garcia is a Spanglish singer-songwriter based in Jersey City, NJ. He enjoys learning folkloric music of the Americas and synthesizing their sounds into music that reflects his perspective as a New Jerseyan of Puerto Rican and Bolivian descent. He is a co-creator of Mi Casa Tu Casa and a member of The Casa Band and Jersey City’s Spanglish super-group The United States of Boogaloo. He hails from Elizabeth, NJ.

Jane Mandel

Jane Mandel holds an MFA from New York University and has had a career in the theatre as actress, director, teacher and producer. She taught theatre games and improvisation/acting at NYU School of the Arts, The New School, The Whole Theatre, and Montclair State University.  She was a member of The Shaliko Theatre Company.  With Shaliko she acted in The Measures Taken, Ghosts and Woyzeck while in residence at The New York Shakespeare Festival.  She is the founder of the non profit theatre, Luna Stage Company, and served as Artistic Director for over twenty years (currently AD Emeritus).  In that capacity she was responsible for bringing scores of new plays and classics to audiences through readings and full productions. One of her passions is creating devised theatre.  She created and directed In the Name of the Woman (the first production done at Luna Stage), “We don’t have enough sugar for the public” (an exploration of Racism) The American Project (which asks the question “what does it mean to be an American?”), and co-created Mi Casa, Tu Casa (a bilingual Latino based play with music).

Dania 2014Dania Ramos

Dania Ramos is a playwright and children’s book author. She co-created Mi Casa Tu Casa (Luna Stage; Dreamcatcher Rep; New Jersey Stages Festival). Other works have been featured in Repertorio Español’s Nuestras Voces Reading Series, Playwrights Theatre of NJ’s FORUM Reading Series, the NJ 1-Minute Play Festival, Luna Stage’s Short Play Festival, and the Rose City Project Literary Reading Series. She is the author of WHO’S JU (Seventh-Grade Sleuths #1) published by Northampton House Press. Dania was a runner-up in the 2013 MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition and the recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship. She has also served as a teaching artist for several New Jersey arts organizations and has directed student work for NJPAC and Playwrights Theatre of NJ. She is currently a program coordinator for Montclair State University College of the Arts. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and a BFA in Theatre Performance from Montclair State University. Dramatists Guild of America, member.