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Playwright

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Kevin is a playwright, singer, actor, director, journalist and Proud 90's kid who has been working professionally for the past 18 years. His coming-of-age drama The Unpredictable Times will be making its regional premiere with Rise Above Performing Arts in June, 2021. Before that industry readings and workshops of it have been presented on Broadway at The Hudson Theatre's Dress Circle Lounge, The Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival and with The Dixon Place Lounge (which featured Tony Award Nominee Alex Brightman), Shetler Studios, & The Pier One Theatre in Homer, Alaska.  His other projects include: A (Funny) Imagination! - An Unauthorized Parody based on Characters from the Cartoon Doug (New York Theater Festival, Dixon Place), Life Inside an Open Kaije (Capitol Fringe Festival), Birdie and Tim (Current/ In Development), and Hey, We're Done Here! - A Unauthorized Parody based on Characters from the Cartoon Hey Arnold! (In Development). In 2016 Kevin was commissioned with The Davenport Theatre (Off-Broadway) to present a night of readings for his short plays (Life Inside an Open Kaije, A Week in the Life of Norah Andrews, & The Next Day) which was titled "Before It Got Unpredictable". 

Kevin is also a Staff Writer for OnStage Blog and The Midcarders. His most known for his feature titled "Stop Asking Black Performers to “Sound Blacker" During Auditions". Since then, he has interviewed and featured over 150 artists for the website. Most notable artist include - Tony Award Winner James Monroe Iglehart, Two-Time Tony Nominee Eva Noblezada, Samantha Barks, Tony Nominee Lilli Cooper, Olivier Award Nominee Kyle Scatliffe, Paolo Montalban, The Skivvies (Lauran Molina & Nick Cearley), Telly Leung, Drew Gasparini, Rodney Hicks, Ali Ewoldt (First Asian-American actress to star as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway), Roman Banks (First Black Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway), & Legendary Voice Coach Liz Caplan. 

Kevin is a Proud member of AGMA and The Dramatist Guild of America. 

www.facebook.com/KevinRayActor 

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"Selena"

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"Bea"

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Briana is thrilled to be part of this show and originate this role!  She made her off-off Broadway debut at the New York Theatre Festival with Una Noche in December of 2021.
Her previous credits include The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee, Godspell, Carrie, and West Side Story (Rise Above Performing Arts Center).  When not onstage, she is a student in Sarasota, Florida.
She'd like to thank Kevin Ray Johnson for this opportunity!

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Creative Producer
Previously Seen as "Selena"

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A proud 3rd generation Mexican American, Grace is a creative producer and  performing artist.  As a producer, her mission is to amplify BIPOC creators and stories in an industry that repeatedly has not.  
Recent, and most notably, her producing credits include 2(X)IST Spring 2021 (marketing photo shoot), Sprayground 2020 (editorial photo shoot), and "X" for Macy's 2021 (marketing store display).   Her favorite past performing credits are Tricia (A (Funny)Imagination), The Mistress (Evita), and Franca (Light in the Piazza).   When she isn't working, Grace enjoys drinking large amounts of iced coffee (black of course), reading, spending too much money at Target, and playing Selena songs on repeat very loudly in her apartment.
 
www.graceandradebowen.com

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Director
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Frank Ruiz is a proud Nicaraguan-American Actor, Musician, and Educator based in New York City. 

Originally from Central Ohio, he attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where he currently serves as a member of the Curriculum Review Committee. Recently, he accepted a position as Education Outreach Associate and Teaching Artist for The Count Basie Center in Red Bank, NJ.

Select acting credits include: The International Tour of The Wizard of Oz (Bahrain / Saudi Arabia), Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, CATCO, and The Dramatists Guild. 

In his free time, he has a personal mission to find "The Best Burger in Manhattan".  Currently, Delmonico's Benedict Burger is his favorite.   

 

For more information, please visit: www.frankruizactor.com