Germán Jaramillo

Artistic director - id studio

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Born in Manizales, Colombia, in 1952. He co-founded one of the most important repertory theater company in Colombia, the Teatro Libre, and its School of Acting, where he worked as resident actor, director and producer for almost 30 years in close to forty productions. In 2000 he starred in the internationally acclaimed film “La Virgen de los Sicarios” (“Our Lady of the Assassins”), directed by Barbet Schroeder and was awarded the Gold Medal in the Venice Film Festival (2000), where he was nominated for Best Actor and became famous internationally for his work as an actor. In August 2001 he came to New York and founded ID Studio Theater Performance and Research Center, where as Artistic Director he has directed and produced 15 plays over the course of 15 years. Among these, the “Juan Rulfo Trilogy”, awarded the prize for “Best Play” in the Hispanic Theater Festival sponsored by the Dominican Cultural Commission in 2011. He acted in the international television series “La Bruja” for Caracol Television in Colombia directed by Pete Restrepo and in October 2011 he directed “The Hostage” by Brendan Behan at the National Theater in Bogotá, Colombia, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its founding. In April 2012, in the XIII Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá, Colombia, Jaramillo’s company -- ID Studio Theater -- presented “Crossing Niagara” by Alonso Alegría and “A Bicycle Country” by Nilo Cruz, which he directed and produced afterwards in English in New York. In April 2013 he performed “King Lear” in a Spanish version of Shakespeare’s play adapted and directed by Hugo Hiriart at UNAM in Mexico City, and directed the musical adaptation of “Risaralda” in Pereira, Colombia. He has also acted in two films that premiered internationally in 2015: in March 2012 he acted the part of Lindoro Cajiga in “Huérfanos” (“Orphans”), directed by Guita Schyfter in Mexico, which premiered in the Havana Film Festival in New York in April 2015; and in summer 2014, he performed the role of the Priest in “Soborno del Cielo” (“Bribe from Heaven”), directed by Lisandro Duque in Colombia. In the fall of 2013 he was invited to play the lead in Mario Diament’s “Cita a Ciegas” (“Blind Date”), at the REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL in New York, for which he received the three most prestigious prizes in 2014 for Best Actor in Hispanic Theater in the USA: ACE (Asociación de Cronistas del Espectáculo), ATI, and HOLA. Following this success, the REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL asked him to perform the part of Fidel Castro in “Hierba mala nunca muere” for which he again received the same three prizes for Best Actor in Hispanic Theater in the USA in 2015.  The New York Times praised him for giving “a bravura performance in the role” (New York Times, March 19 2015). He also appears in “Burundanga” and in an adaptation of Vargas Llosa’s “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter” for the Repertorio Español. He performs the role of Gustavo de Greiff in eight out of ten episodes in the second season of the popular Netflix series “Narcos,” which was released in summer 2016.

 

Nelson Celis

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Associate Artistic director - id studio

Nelson holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the Universidad Central in Bogota, Colombia. In 1998 he joined el Teatro Libre as an actor and director where he participated in more than 25 productions for more than 14 years. Additionally, he was assigned a teaching position at the drama school of el Teatro Libre, and served in this appointment from 1999 to 2006, and later joined the faculty of la Universidad Central where he taught drama and performance studies until 2014. During these teaching positions, Nelson directed more than 30 student led productions. In 2007 he was invited by ID Studio Theater to train and assist in the production of a community theater project in Staten Island, New York, working with Mexican Immigrant and low income individuals. The product of this collaboration was the Juan Rulfo Trilogy that was performed in various venues in New York, New Jersey and New Haven, Connecticut and was awarded a prize for “Best Play” in the Hispanic Theater Festival sponsored by the Dominican Cultural Commission in 2011. Nelson was also the founder and Artistic director of al Compañía Nacional de las Artes, where he has directed several plays including, Los dos hidalgos de Verona, El Principito,  La Odisea y En un Lugar de La Mancha (Vesión de El Quijote). In 2015 he directed Maxima Seguidad (Maximum Security) by Piedad Bonnett that perform at Theater for the New City in New York, and In 2016 direced Arturo el Niño (Arthur the Kid), a children’s play inaugurating ID Studio Theater’s new home in Mott Haven, Bronx New York.

 

Juanita Lara

Development director - id studio

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The daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico, Juanita was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley; the heart of California’s agricultural industry. She is a writer and photographer who has been performing and producing theater in New York and Latin America for over eight years. She joined ID Studio Theater in 2007 where she has produced and performed in various theater productions in New York, New Jersey and New Haven, Conn. She was an executive producer for “A Bicycle Country” by Nilo Cruz and “Crossing Niagara” by Alonso Alegría that participated in the International Iberoamerican Theater Festival in Bogotá, Colombia in 2012. In 2014 wrote and produced “Granny Apple” that premiered at the Manhattan Repertory Theater’s Playwright Series and in 2015 toured with the international production “Máxima Seguridad” (Maximum Security) by Piedad Bonnett as Director of Photography in Colombia. She recently directed her very first production of A NIGHT WITHOUT A BLANKET, a solo-drama based on two stories by the notable Palestinian writer, Ghassan Kanafani, on April 2016 in New York. Currently she is working on a new production that will premiere in April of 2017.

 

Lucia della Paolera

Special projects director - ID studio

 

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Lucia della Paolera was born in Brooklyn, and currently lives and works in the South Bronx. In January 2015 she joined ID Studio Theater with her translation from Spanish to English of Máxima Seguridad (Maximum Security) by Piedad Bonnett, which premiered in New York and later toured in Colombia. She also organized and moderated a series of panel discussions around prisoners' rights that accompanied performances of the play in New York.

She is the Project Director of the ongoing “Mott Haven Home Movies: South Bronx Cribs” video workshop project, in collaboration with BronxArtSpace, that began this fall 2016, and will culminate in a presentation of documentary videos made by and about the Mott Haven community. At ID Studio she also assists with community outreach, publicity, project development and grant-writing.

Additionally, della Paolera is finishing the translation of a book of conversations with Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, and she is an interpreter for immigrant rights organizations Safe Passage Project and African Services Committee, where she translates for immigration lawyers and a variety of undocumented clients seeking asylum and status in this country. Other ongoing projects include finishing production on her first movie "Transnational Villagers," and training and performing as a classical singer. 

della Paolera has worked at a variety of arts institutions including BAM, ICA Philadelphia, and the journal magazine and gallery, and has curated and participated in numerous art exhibitions and performance events independently. She has a bachelors degree in English and Music from the University of Pennsylvania (2010).

 

Linn Cary Mehta

Treasurer - id studio

Linn Cary Mehta has taught at Columbia, Yale, Vassar, and Barnard College and at NYU, and worked in Education and Culture at the Ford Foundation. In 2015, she published Poetry and Politics of Decolonization: Tagore, Yeats, Senghor, Césaire, and Neruda. Her involvement with immigrant cultures in New York has led her to serve on the boards of Goddard-Riverside Community Center, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and ID Studio Theater Performance and Research Center, for which she has adapted and translated several plays. She has studied and taught twentieth-century poetry in English, Spanish, and French; her work concerns the interaction of literature and development, especially in the Americas, during the 20th century.

 

Pablo Mayor

Director - Folklore Urbano

 

Cali, Colombia-born Pablo Mayor has dedicated the last seventeen years to writing, producing, and performing Colombian and Latin American music in New York City with his renowned establishment Folklore Urbano (3 CD’s), his 13-year running Colombian music festival Encuentro NYC, as former pianist with the Cuban charanga Orquesta Broadway, and as 17-year composer for ID Studio Theatre company.  His music is featured on Arturo O’Farrill’s Grammy-award winning album Offense of the Drum and on arrangements recorded by renowned Colombian singer Totó la Momposina.  Former director of jazz at Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, later Performing Arts, Jazz, and Colombian Music coordinator at the Harbor Conservatory in Manhattan, he works closely with the Berklee City Network, Turtle Bay Music School, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and co-directs his own educational program Cumbia for Kids.  He holds a B.A., M.A. in Jazz Arranging/University of North Texas.

 

Anna Povich de Mayor

Folklore Urbano - managing director

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Anna Povich de Mayor is a flutist, producer, and educator from the USA, known for her work as performer, as well as promoter and curator of Colombian music.  Aside from her work as classical chamber musician, she dedicates much of her time to working with her husband Pablo Mayor, his renowned band the Folklore Urbano Orchestra, and subsequent related projects including the alliance ArtsLatinoNY.  Together they have founded and produced the now renowned annual Colombian music festival in New York, Encuentro NYC.  She is director of Folklore Urbano’s educational project Cumbia for Kids.  Anna is currently on the faculty of Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan, where she teaches flute, coaches chamber music, and directs an annual residency on Colombian music at PS/IS 217 on Roosevelt Island, at PS 59,  PS 267, PS 20, among other schools in Manhattan.  She has worked with such organizations as Carnegie Hall (Musical Connections program and Neighborhood Concerts programs), the 92nd St Y (Musical Introduction Series), the American Composers Orchestra/VIA's outreach programs, Associated Solo Artists Adirondacks teaching artist program, and has directed and curated concert series with the Queens library and Le Poisson Rouge, Manhattan.  She has done extensive work as chamber musician with her group the New York Flute Quartet, and masterclasses and performances throughout Australia with her former group the New York Harp Trio, including numerous awards throughout her career as classical musician including a Chamber Music America grant with her flute quartet formerly known as Femmes Four.  Anna holds both an MM and a DMA in flute performance from SUNY Stony Brook.  Her diverse musical career now mainly focuses on performing and promoting Colombian music here in New York City and beyond, as well as programming for ArtsLatino NY, as she dedicates much of her time to being a full time mother of two young children Nicolás and María.  

 

Daniel Fetecua

Director - Pajarillo Pinta'o

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Dancer, teacher and Choreographer. A native of Bogotà, Colombia holds a BFA from Folkwang-University of the Arts, Essen-Germany, and has appeared as guest artist in Pina Bausch’s masterpieces, Rite of Spring and Tannhäuser. Fetecua has been a soloist member of the Limon Dance Company for ten years (2006-2016) Mr. Fetecua is a master teacher of the Limon technique and reconstructor of Limon's repertory, faculty member of the Limon Institute and founder member of Limon4Kids program. Daniel Fetecua is the founder and artistic director of two dance companies: Pajarillo Pinta’o, a dance company that preserves and promotes the Colombian traditional dances through  dance performance, workshops and classes; D-Moves, a contemporary dance project that combines Colombian traditions, Modern Dance and German TanzTheater. Daniel Fetecua is a long time collaborator of Colombian composer and musician Pablo Mayor. Together, they have created "Amalgama" Project, "El Barrio Project" and the educational residency Cumbia For Kids/Cumbia For All. Daniel Fetecua is currently resident choreographer and board member of ID Studio Theatre a not-for-profit organization led by Colombian actor German Jaramillo. He is also a resident choreographer at Teatro SEA for which he has choreographed "Sueño"- a Caribbean take of Shakespeare Midsummer Night Dream and "La Gloria A Latin Cabaret". For La Gloria Fetecua recently won a HOLA award for Best Choreography. Other commissions include Connecticut Ballet and Opera Hispanica. Grants awards include Harlem Stage Fund for New Work and NALAC (National Association for Latino Arts and Culture) Funds for the Arts. Two Salsa competition awards, (Bogotá-Colombia and Velbert-Germany). Visit his dance company, Pajarillo Pinta'o.