“A revolutionary musical.”

– Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic Theater Critic.

Sean Ewing (Tony Valdovinos)

is beyond honored to portray this courageous man, and thrilled to tell this story. Previous credits; Broadway: West Side Story (revival 2010), Amazing Grace (OBC). New York; Zorba (Encores!), Fanny (Encores!), COMPANY (NY Philharmonic). Regional: Papermill playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, The MUNY, Theatre Under the Stars. Endless love and thanks to my amazing family, especially Mom, Dad, Marla, Sis, and Rajah. Special thank you to my boys at CGF, and ultimately to Michael and Tony for trusting me with this incredible story. This one is for you Mom and Dad, because of you this immigrant is living his American dream. 

Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda – (Felicita Valdovinos)

is excited to be returning to The Phoenix Theatre Company stage in the world premiere of Americano! She has also been an active member of The Phoenix Theatre Company Festival of New American Theatre over the years where she has acted in and directed pieces. The Phoenix Theatre Company Credits include: Abuela Claudia – In The Heights, Mayor/Ma – The Toxic Avenger, Katie Nana/Mrs Correy/Miss Andrew – Mary Poppins, Martha – White Christmas, Mazeppa – Gypsy,  Effy – Spitfire Grill, Sarraghina- Nine, Carmen in Curtains and numerous characters in the world premiere of All The More To Love.  Regional credits include: Steel Magnolias (Truvy) at Ft Peck Summer Theatre, Tintypes (Emma) at Artistree Music Festival, The View Upstairs  (Inez) at SpeakEasy Stage, The Roommate (Robyn) and The Clean House (Anna) at Threshold Stage Co., Miss You Like Hell (Beatriz) at Company 1/A.R.T., Kiss of the Spider Woman (Molina’s Mother) at Lyric Stage Company of Boston, In the Heights (Abuela Claudia) at Wheelock Family Theatre, Les Miserables (Madame Thernardier) and Annie (Miss Hannigan) at AZ Broadway Theatre. She holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Cornell College. Johanna is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. 

Maria Amorocho  – (Ensemble)

is over the moon to appear in the premiere of Americano! Maria participated in its development through The Phoenix Theatre Company, along with other new works including Lunch at Audrey’s, The Relief Society, Community, Jennifer’s Birth, and The Up Side of Down. Other credits: BAUER (BLK BOX PHX); Billy Elliot, Our Town, NINE, Picnic (The Phoenix Theatre Company); Voices of Valor, My Beloved World (New Carpa Theater); The Glass Menagerie (Guest Artist, GCC); Good People, Body Awareness, Sight Unseen, A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Phoenix); BIG: The Musical (Theater Works). Maria is represented by The Leighton Agency and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Edgar Lopez– (Fro Valdovinos/Ensemble/Dance Captain)

is filled with joy to be back at The Phoenix Theatre Company. Other credits at The Phoenix Theatre Company include: West Side Story, Godspell, Anything Goes, Evita, Chicago, Bullets Over Broadway. Other credits: The Desert Rose (NYC Fringe Festival), On Your Feet! (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Evita (Riverside Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (The Wick Theatre), 9 to 5 (Oregon Cabaret), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Short North Stage), Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) The Pirates of Penzance (Sacramento Theatre Company). 

Alyssa Gomez(Ceci)

is honored to make her debut with The Phoenix Theatre Company in Americano! A New York native with a BA in Acting/Directing from Emerson College, Alyssa was last seen as Vanessa in the Portland Center Stage production of In The Heights and was also part of the developmental lab of Victory Train. Tour: Motown the Musical (2nd Broadway). Regional: In The Heights (Milwaukee Rep, Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Musical Theatre West), RENT (Ivoryton Playhouse), American Idiot (Roxy Regional). Website: www.alyssavgomez.com Instagram:@alyssavgomez

Joseph Cannon – (Martin Valdovinos)

is a proud United States Marine Corps Veteran who achieved the rank of Sergeant before the end of his enlistment. He is a former law enforcement officer. He most recently appeared with The Phoenix Theatre Company in the staged reading of this very musical as Martin Valdovinos. Additional AZ credits include: In The Heights as Kevin Rosario, Spamalot as King Arthur, and White Christmas as Bob Wallace at The Phoenix Theatre Company, Equivocation as William Shakespeare and Much Ado About Nothing as Don John at Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Carousel as Billy Bigelow at MET. He has also been seen as a featured soloist for the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.

Justin Figueroa (Carlos Ledezma)

is thrilled to be making his debut at The Phoenix Theatre Company in Americano! with this tremendous cast and creative team!  His previous credits include playing the role of Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet, The Buddy Holly Story at Beef & Boards, Frozen at Disney’s Hyperion Theater, Home Street Home at the Center Theater Group, JUNK: A Rock Opera at The Public Theater, Once On This Island at Sacramento Music Circus.  As a singer-songwriter he has had the privilege of playing at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Website: www.JustinFigueroa.com Instagram:@jusfig

Michael Scott Gomez (Javi/Ensemble)

is excited to be returning to The Phoenix Theatre Company! Recent MFA graduate of the ART/MXAT program at Harvard University and former ASU SunDevil! Born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas, he currently resides in NYC. Select regional credits: Man of la Mancha (Westport Country Playhouse), West Side Story (North Carolina Theatre), Assistance (ART), Mary Poppins (Firehouse Theater), The Normal Heart (Theatre 3 Dallas), The White Card (ART world premiere), Our Town (ART), Wrong Turn at Lungfish (Totem Pole Playhouse), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (PFAMily Arts Dallas). Love and gratitude to mom and dad, my brothers, family, and friends! Instagram:@mr_mikegomez

Sonia Rodriguez Wood (Olivia/Ensemble)

está encantada to be making her debut at The Phoenix Theatre Company! She’s been performing around the valley for over 20 years. Most recently playing Dominique Du Monaco in AZ Regional Theater’s production of Lucky Stiff. Favorite roles include: Madeline True in Wild Party (A/C Theatre), Abuela Claudia in In The Heights (DFT), Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (DBFRT), Dragon in Shrek the Musical (DST), Antonia/Aldonza in Man of La Mancha (ABT). Represented by Dani’s Agency. Instagram:@instaboricua

Anson Romney – (Young Tony/Ensemble)

is thrilled to be making his The Phoenix Theatre Company debut! Regional: Singin’ In the Rain (American Theatre Guild); No No Nanette (Hale Centre Theatre). Anson is a Phoenix, Arizona native. Thank you to the producing team for this wonderful opportunity. Instagram:@ansonrr

Chris Eriksen – (Scott/Ensemble)

is glad to be returning to The Phoenix Theater Company to be a part of this wonderful new piece, Americano!, and is proud to be a part of each step of its evolution over the past years. Most recently, Chris was seen in hit production of Elf: The Musical as Walter Hobbs. Chris is a four-time AriZoni award winner, including best lead actor in I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. He has appeared in many commercials, has been seen on PBS, and also performed nationally in various musical comedies. He has performed in all six of the joint productions with the Phoenix Symphony, a delight and honor. A favorite memory for Chris was surviving 23 costume changes per performance in Curtains (Thanks Michael!!!). Locally, some of Chris’s favorite shows have been Billy Elliot, White Christmas, Hairspray, Memphis, La Cage Aux Folles, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Will Rogers Follies, A Chorus Line, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, City of Angels, and many, many more. 

 

Joseph Cavasos – (Manny/Ensemble)

is so overjoyed to be back at The Phoenix Theatre Company so soon! He was last seen as Don in Kinky Boots! Past credits include Powell in Die Hard! A Christmas Story at All Puppet Players, Audrey 2 in Little Shop of Horrors at Spotlight Youth Theatre, and Barfee in The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee at GCC!

Matravius Avent – (Recruiter/Deputy/Ensemble)

is thrilled to be back at The Phoenix Theatre Company for a very special world premiere! Prior shows include: Elf: The Musical, RENT, Les Miserables, and Memphis. International: Big Band Beat at Tokyo Disney Resort. Regional: Swing, Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), Passing Strange (Youth), The Pajama Game (Sid), Ragtime (Coalhouse). BM University of Denver, MM Arizona State University. Website: Matravius.com Instagram:@matravius

Jessie Jo Pauley – (Young Ceci/Ensemble)

is the proud daughter of an immigrant and honored to be a part of Americano! Jessie Jo is an award winning actor and senior attending ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. You may have seen Jessie Jo as Nicola in The Phoenix Theatre Company’s production of Kinky Boots or Francine Valli (Female Swing) in Jersey Boys. Favorite credits: Maria (West Side Story), Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz), Suzy Simpson (The Marvelous Wonderettes), Zaneeta Shinn (The Music Man) at the Orpheum Theatre. Previous The Phoenix Theatre Company credits: Mama Mia!, Billy Elliot, Gypsy, and various New Works projects. 

Shani Barrett – (Jessica Flores/Ensemble)

has been working on Americano! for about two years and could not be more excited to be a part of the world premiere! Being a part of a new work was a career goal and Shani will be forever grateful to Michael Barnard for giving her this amazing opportunity. Shani is a graduate of New York University’s TISCH School of the Arts and has been seen in The Phoenix Theatre Company’s productions of Kinky Boots, West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, Bullets Over Broadway, In The Heights and as Hunyak in Chicago. 

Nicholas Flores – (Celso/Male Ensemble)

is excited to reprise his role in Americano! at The Phoenix Theatre Company. While working closely with The Phoenix Theatre Company for over 10 years now, he was last seen on the Mainstage as an ensemble member for In The Heights, which he choreographed as well. Nick is a member of the Cirque Du Soleil family and has worked with award winning crews such as the Electrolytes Dance Crew. He was recently nominated for a Zoni for best choreographer for a musical and received the award of best choreographer in a professional musical by BroadwayWorld.com. He was last seen on the west coast tour of The Alexander Project: A Tribute to Hamilton where he was a featured dancer, MC, and Choreographer. 

Ricco Machado-Torres – (Celso/Ensemble)
is a Phoenix based theater, film and voice actor. He is elated to be making his debut with The Phoenix Theater Company in this original work! Previous theater roles include The Bishop of Lax in See How They Run (Scottsdale Community College), Coupeau in The Scarlet Pimpernel and Pablo in Sister Act (Hale Theater), Mercer Steves in Boy Gets Girl (Mesa Encore Theatre- Black Box), William Spiver in Flora and Ulysses (Childsplay), Lt. Brannigan in Guys and Dolls (ASU Lyric Opera Theater), Lupe Valenzuela in Haboob and Pablo in A Streetcar Named Desire (ASU Mainstage), Chip Tolentino in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Gibbs in Dogfight* (Brelby *-AZ Premiere) and Peter Schmidt in Frankenstein (Theater Works- Peoria). Machado-Torres has also been featured on the science fiction podcast The Never Rad Miscellany and The Sneak Diss Sneaker Podcast. Ricco has also been in student films for ASU and UTV Studios at NAU.

Lucas Coatney – (Joaquin/Ensemble)

is over the moon to be performing again, especially with The Phoenix Theatre Company family. Other The Phoenix Theatre Company credits: The Sound of Music, Kinky Boots, Jersey Boys, Elf: The Musical, West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, In The Heights, When You Wish, The Toxic Avenger, Buyer and Cellar (US), Mary Poppins, RENT, Pippin, La Cage aux Folles, Crazy For You, Guys & Dolls, A Chorus Line, and Altar Boyz.

Anne-Lise Koyabe – (Harriett/Female Ensemble)

is so humbled to be a part of this beautiful and important production of Americano! Local credits include: Deb (Elf: The Musical), Queenie (Showboat), Sarah (Ragtime), Gary Coleman (Avenue Q), Glinda (The Wiz) and Lutibelle (Purlie). Anne-Lise would like to thank The Phoenix Theatre Company family for putting on this amazing show. A huge thank you to you, the patrons, for supporting the arts! Instagram:@annelise_koyabe

Tarnim Bybee – (Ensemble)

has had the pleasure of working at The Phoenix Theatre Company in the ensembles of Kinky Boots, Elf: The Musical, In The Heights, and in the 2019 New Works Festival as Zayna Nafari in Fat Muslim Girls or Zayna Nafari. She is a proud recent graduate of Grand Canyon University and holds a BA in Theatre Performance. Some of her fave GCU credits include Anything Goes (Erma), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Lucy), and West Side Story (Anita). Tarnim is so grateful to be working with the gracious and talented cast, crew, and creative team here at The Phoenix Theatre Company. Instagram:@tarnimvivienne

Cole Newburg – (Jackson/Ensemble)

is immensely honored to be a part of this incredible world premiere musical! He has appeared on The Phoenix Theatre Company’s stage in Newsies, West Side Story (Baby John), Elf: The Musical, and the Centennial Applause! Gala. Additional regional credits include Oklahoma!, Shrek the Musical, and Newsies at Broadway Sacramento at Music Circus. He has also appeared on two European dance tours and in many other performances around the U.S. 

Elyssa Blonder – (Ensemble)

is so excited to be back on The Phoenix Theatre Company stage where she was last seen as Liesl Von Trap in The Sound Of Music this past holiday season. Other credits include: West Side Story (Phoenix Theatre Company); Bells Are Ringing (CLOC); Beauty and The Beast (The Barn Theatre). Shrek, Grey Gardens, Legally Blonde (ASU MT ‘18). TV/Film: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime). Elyssa is from Phoenix but currently resides in NYC. Much love to Mi Familia, Lyly and all the people who fight to protect our rights, on and off of the battlefield. Website: elyssablonder.com Instagram:@elyssablonder

Julian Mendoza – (Tony Valdovinos Understudy)

is a senior in the musical theatre program at Arizona State University. Favorite roles include “Richard” in A New Brain, “Chino” in The Phoenix Symphony workshop of West Side Story. He was also seen on stage at The Phoenix Symphony singing backup for Kristin Chenoweth, was a featured artist in the Utah Festival for Opera and Musical Theatre in Utah, The Barn Theatre in Michigan, and at Quisisana in Maine. Instagram:@cooljul1

Aidan Lutton – (Ensemble/Jackson Understudy)

After his debut musical theatre experience in Newsies at The Phoenix Theatre Company during the 2016-17 season, he was back last seasons for West Side Story. Aidan dances with Master Ballet Academy and has performed with Phoenix Ballet’s The Nutcracker and the world premiere of Snow White. He was recently part of the Applause! Gala cast.

Mainstage Theatre
January 29th-February 23rd, 2020. 
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