|In this photo: Michelle, Nicole, Matthew, Kelly, Orion and Olga|
The opening night for Learn to be Latina is only two weeks away! The director, cast and crew are working every day really hard to bring you the out-off-this-word performance of this season.
Today at Miracle Insider we invited you to meet the hot, hot, HOT! cast members of Learn to be Latina coming up to Milagro theatre on May 1. Tickets on sale now
Nicole Virginia Accuardi (Hanan) is overjoyed to have the opportunity to work with this insanely talented cast on such a tremendous show. This is her sixth time working at Milagro, following three shows and two staged readings. She is a company member of Badass theatre, and was in their inaugural production of Invasion! which will be remounting this summer! She has also performed at Post5, Lakewood, Compass Rep, Clackamas REP, CGTO, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and PCPA Theatrefest. She would like thank all her theatre family in Portland for being so wonderful and supportive.
Orion Bradshaw (Bill/Fight Captain) After spending 3 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Orion moved to Portland to co-found Post5 Theatre (www.postfivetheatre.org). His recent performances include Julius Caesar with Post5, Twelfth Night of the Living Dead with Bag&Baggage, and Charlotte's Web with Oregon Children's Theater. He is also a theatre educator, and teaches with PlayWrite Inc, Northwest Children's Theater and Portland Center Stage, among others. ¡Diviértete!
Kelly Godell (Jill) This is Kelly's first time performing with Milagro. She has a BA in theater from the University of Oregon and has been acting in Portland since 2006. Kelly has most recently appeared in Noises Off with Third Rail Repertory. Other Portland credits include Profile Theatre, Leverage, Northwest Classical, Lakewood Theatre and a slew of commercial work.
Matthew Kerrigan is thrilled to return to Milagro stage with the cast of Learn to be Latina. He has called Portland his home since 2010. Since arriving, performances include:One Flea Spare (Shaking the Tree) Wilde Tales (Shaking the Tree) Taming of the Shrew (Portland Shakespeare Project), Much Ado About Notiing (Northwest Classical Theatre Company) The Boys In The Band (defunkt) Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol (Artist Repertory Theatre). Prior to his arrival in Portland, Matthew studied at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre and Illinois State University.
Olga Sanchez (Mary/Calcetina/ Elena) Artistic Director, Milagro, most recently she appeared in Oedipus el Rey at Milagro Theatre, and on the TV show, Grimm. This spring she directed Ardiente Paciencia and Mujeres for Milagro. She is a founding member of Los Porteños writers group; her short play El Tesoro opens May 10th with Milagro Touring for Metro. Olga is a Steering Committee member of the Latino Theatre Commons of HowlRound at Emerson College, a member of the Latino Network’s Unid@s for Oregon Leadership Program, and a member of the Mesa Consultiva for the Latino Play Project at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She holds a BA in Theatre from Hunter College, CUNY, and a Masters in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College NW, with specialization in Bicultural Development.
Michelle Escobar (Blanca) This is Michelle's second show with Milagro after Guapa last spring. In 2012 she graduated from Amherst College with a BA in theater and hopes to continue her studies in the fall. She is also enthusiastically and perpetually practicing Karate-do. Thank you, Tony and the cast, for such a wonderful experience!
Lauren Mitchell (FAC Girl/ Dance Captain) is delighted be making her debut at Milagro! Recently she has been seen onstage locally in Homomentum: The Musical (Pants Off PDX), Ribbons of War (Minus Dan Productions, and part of the Fertile Ground Festival), The Princess and the Pea (JANE: A Theatre Company), and The Black Lizard (Imago). She received her BA in Theatre Arts from Portland State University.
Sarah DeGrave (FAD Girl) is delighted to be making her Milagro debut with LTBL! Previous work includes shows with Well Arts Institute, Stumptown Stages, Broadway Rose, BroadArts Theatre, JANE: a theatre company, and Seattle Musical Theatre. She holds a degree in Theatre Arts from Central Washington University and, when not onstage, enjoys working on music and photography. Find out more about her current projects at www.sarahdegrave.com. Many thanks to her wonderfully supportive parents, family, and friends for always encouraging her to be her most fabulous self, onstage and off.
Louise Chambers (FAD Girl) is thrilled to be making her Milagro debut. Most recently she appeared in the 4x4=Musicals as part of Fertile Ground and returned to the cast of White Christmas with Lakewood after being part of the original 2011 production. Past credits include In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (triangle productions!), The Velveteen Rabbit (Bag & Baggage/Tears of Joy), The Andrews Brothers and Bingo! (Broadway Rose).
Cari Spinnler (FAD Girl) is thrilled to be making her Milagro debut with Learn To Be Latina! A recent graduate of Rugters University, Cari received her BFA in acting. But her first passion was dance, starting her training at four years old. Cari was last seen in Independent Women (Action Adventure). Other credits include: As You Like It (Shakespeare's Globe), Richard III Workshop (Shakespeare's Globe), La Dispute (Rutgers) and Binnorie (Rutgers).