Creative Team

Michael Aquino


Michael Aquino is a Cuban-Puerto Rican musician and performer born in urbanlands of northern New Jersey. His debut solo album, Giants Will Fall, was released in October 2015. His follow-up EP, City Stars, was released by Cocotazo Music in October 2017. He has performed for Artists United for Puerto Rico, the Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival, Shack Radio Hour, BlowUp Radio’s Guitar Pull, Hillside Cafe, the Boro 6 Music Festival, the Madison Holiday Arts Festival, and Café Improv. He is a member of SESAC.

Deivis Garcia


Deivis “Deivito” Garcia is a North Jersey songster who specializes in Spanglish Sea Shanties – a gumbo of original pirate ballads, dirges, and ancient montunos marinated in the folkloric sounds of the North-Central-Carribean-South Americas. He also co-created and performed in Mi Casa Tu Casa, and is a member of The United States of Boogaloo. His music can be heard at


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’s stage plays have been produced or developed by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre,  Luna Stage, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Speranza Theatre Company, and Repertorio Español. She was a finalist in the MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition and the recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship. Dania’s middle grade novel Who’s Ju? (Overdue Books) was a finalist for the 2015 ILBA Mariposa Award and a 2017 Sakura Medal. She holds an MA in creative writing from Wilkes University and a BFA in theatre performance from Montclair State University. Member, Dramatists Guild of America.