Member Artists

Rose Cano

Rose Cano was born in Peru and raised in Seattle and is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts.  She moved back to South America for 10 years where she began gathering stories, songs and myths of the many cultures within Latin America. Rose performs bilingually in both English and Spanish, using traditional instruments from around the world to tell stories and songs from Latin America. Rose has directed and performed in Minneapolis, New York, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Peru, and Colombia.  Locally she has performed at Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, Intiman Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Group Theatre.  She is the founder and director North-South ConeXions Project since 1994, a cultural exchange program between artists of the Americas (North, Central, South and the Caribbean). Over the past 14 years, she has produced 10 international artist tours and has brought over 50 artists to perform in Washington State at schools, colleges, universities, Native American Reservations and local arts festivals.

In 2001 she founded The AFrican ConeXion Project, to unite Latino, African and African American communities through music, theatre, and dance.  She wrote and co-directed an original bilingual musical, Callejón (The Alley) with Teatro Del Milenio of Perú combining Afro-Peruvian rhythms with blues, gospel and tap, performed at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in 2007 and 2009. Her latest endeavor is eSe Teatro, producing bilingual, Spanish and Spanglish-speaking theater with other local Latino artists.

Nilki Benitez

Nilki Benitez is an Acentos Poetry Foundation Fellow, who has studied under Martín Espada. She has been a featured poet at SPLAB’s 100,000 poets for change (a world-wide event) and in 2011, Nilki was commissioned to write and feature at Bellevue Arts Museum’s celebration of their international jewelry exhibit Think Twice: New Latin American Jewelry, the largest collection of contemporary Latin American jewelry exhibit to be seen in the United States.
Nilki’s writing explores diverse genres from poetry, to fiction, to screenplays and play-writing.

Maristela Diaz, ‘Stela’

Maristela Diaz holds a B.A from the University of Washington in both Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies.

A multifaceted performer, Stela has performed Carmen in the theatrical version of Real Women Have Curves, among other roles. She is also a dancer and has danced with several festivals in Seattle with African Conexion Project and the Peruvian Dance Center.

Arlene Martinez-Vazquez

Arlene Martinez-Vasquez holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Puerto Rico and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University, London.

She relocated recently to Seattle from London, where she spent the last four years directing for different theatre companies with great success and has received accolades from audiences and critics alike.

Her areas of specialty in theater include: physical theater, mask making and performance, Commedia dell’Arte, Latin American theater as well as academic research and writing. She has also worked as a teacher and workshop leader internationally, including her homeland of Puerto Rico, England, Thailand and now, the USA.

Lonnie Tristan Renteria

Lonnie Tristan Renteria is a scholar, activist, writer, filmmaker, director, producer, and sometimes actor. He teaches French, Spanish, Cultural and Critical Theory, Québécois Literature and Culture at the Art Institute of Seattle.

He has produced several small films,  Ebony Chunky Love being  his first “commerical” film. It still can be seen on VIACOM’s LOGO channel.

He was a FLAS fellow at the University of Washington (Canadian Studsies) for Québécois Theater Studies and a Canadian Institute Fellow in Canadian Scholarship for the Canadian Consulate. Moreover, he was an Artist Trust Fellowship recipient for its prestigious FILMEDGE series.

His work has received numerous invitations, awards and accolades.

Meg Savlov

MEG SAVLOV has been working with bi-lingual theater collectives in New
York, New Mexico, and San Francisco over the last three decades, and
is very happy to have found a home with eSe Teatro.   Devoted to
exploring inter-disciplinary performance art, she has created pieces
combining poetry, music, dance, and theater, such as “Navidad
Flamenca” and “Noche Buena,”  which present a re-telling of the
Christmas story using flamenco and Native American story-telling.  Meg
has performed  locally with The Group Theater, A.C.T., theater simple,
Theater Schmeater, Puget Sound Revels,  as well as Portland’s Miracle

Danielle Villegas

Danielle Villegas  is a Director in both Film and Theater. She holds a degree in  Sociology and Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Moreover, she holds an MFA in Directing for Theater, Film and Television from California Institute of the Arts.

Danielle has done several prestigious workshops, received several prestigious scholarships, of note the William Randolph Hearts Scholarship and held a Directing Internship with the Academy of Motion Picture and Film.

Danielle’s directing experience is extensive and fortunately not exhaustive. Her most recent pieces include Richard II, performed in Tacoma, Duo  for Stone Soup Theater and What happens in Verona for Arts West Seattle.

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