Voz Alta: Amor en los tiempos de guerra (Love in the Time of War)


About Voz Alta:

Voz Alta: Amor en los Tiempos de Guerra (Love in the Time of War) features the personal stories of community leaders in the Latinx immigrant and LGBTQ communities, underscored by a live soundtrack.

Voz Alta was born out of love and wanting to be heard and seen, and it’s only fitting that we return to that theme during this time of adversity in our country. My hope for the show this year is to bring people together to celebrate our identity as a Latino community: We are love, we are hope, we are strength.

— Joaquin Lopez - Creator of Voz Alta


GEORGINA LEANSE ESCOBAR is the maker of non-sensical, ridiculous, and impossible narratives that run current systems of thinking through different filters of visual, musical, and interpretative logic (aka mindfucks). Selected Credits include: A RIBBON ABOUT A BOMB (Co-writer, Exquisite Corpse Company), THE BEACONS (INTAR New Works Lab, Marfa Live Arts) ALL STRINGS CONSIDERED (New York Children's Theatre 2017), EL MUERTO VAGABUNDO (Milagro, Portland OR 2016); SWEEP, (Aurora Theatre, GA 2017), The Unbearable Likeness of JONES (TMTC Reading NYC); ASH TREE (Duke City Repertory, Kennedy Center's National TYA Award); THE RUIN (Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Words Afire Festival of New Works, 2011). www.georginaescobar.com

JACQUELINE GUILLÉN (pictured below, right) is a New York based actor/performer/musician from Mexico.  Jacqui received her BFA in Acting from Texas State University and has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company . NYC Credits include "Play/Date" (3LD), "Lilia" (Rising Circle), "Satyricoño" (INTAR), "The Judgment of Fools" (InViolet), "Poseur" (C.F.P.C)"Trees in their Youth"(Signature Theatre), &  "Ms. Julie, Asian Equities" (Brave New World); readings at The Lark, INTAR, Urban Stages, Rattlestick, and New York Theatre Workshop. She currently lends her voice in Spanish and English for the KCRW Radionovela Celestial Bloood/Sangre Celestial. Jacqueline is a UNIT52 member with INTAR Theatre,  Saudade Theatre, and InViolet Theatre, alumni of The 24 Hour Plays, a flautist, & a ukulele enthusiast.


BENJAMIN MANNO (pictured above, left) is a Brooklyn-based-Texan actor, guitarist and blackbelt. When he is not tending to his avocado tree (now over 6 feet tall…) he worked Off and Off-off Broadway, with INTAR, InViolet Theater, The Brave New World Rep. and staged readings with, the LARK, the Rising Circle Theatre Collective, Barefoot Theatre Company, the NEC, and Articulate Theatre Co. Ben has a BFA from Texas State University. Benjamin-manno.com

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ASHLEY MARIE ORTIZ is a New York based actress/artist. Some stage credits include:Morgan, Meet me at the Fountain(Lincoln Center), Nera, Prize Fighter PS217 (The New Vic New Works Lab),Thorn, Malefactions, Maria, Patience, Fortitude, and Other Antidepressants (INTAR/Los Angeles Theatre Center), Meiken, Marfa Lights(INTAR), Mary/Eve, A Beautiful Star (Triad Stage). Member UNIT52, Barefoot Theatre Co. Associate Producer, Symphonics Live. Assistant Director Saturday Cast The Possibility Project, an Off-Broadway theatre organization dedicated to producing theater for social change with the youth of NYC. Proud volunteer at The 52nd Street Project.


Creative team: 


REBECCA MARTÍNEZ (Director) is a director, choreographer, writer and deviser. She is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, INTAR’s Unit52, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee, the 2015-16 SDCF Observership Class, an Associate Member of SDC and a 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow. A strong believer in storytelling as a tool to build empathy, she is honored to help tell these stories of strength and endurance. rebeccamartinez.org



SANTOS HERRERA (Writer) is delighted to be in his second year as a writer for Voz Alta. In 2015, Santos attended a Voz Alta performance and knew he had to be part of such amazing storytelling. In 2016, he had the honor of writing the story of the ever-wonderful Vanessa La Torre. Santos gives thanks to Joaquin Lopez and Rebecca Martinez, and to Anabertha Alvarado for sharing her beautiful story of love, loss, survival and life.

JOAQUIN LÓPEZ (Producer/Writer/Musician) is the creator of Voz Alta. Currently, he’s getting his Masters in Counseling (PSU), loves being “el tio loco,” getting in touch with his inner gay-boy producing an electronic pop album, and is the Arts & Culture Manager at Latino Network in Portland, Oregon. At 41, he’s learned there’s nothing like accepting your reality and letting go of your perceptions.


Featuring the stories of:

ANABERTHA ALVARADO - Community Education Worker Coordinator for Juntos Aprendemos (Early Childhood) in Portland, Oregon. From an early age she learned the power of nurture, the depth of isolation, and the resilience of migration. Beating to her own drum, she knew she was different and learned to be proud of it! Enduring the loss of hope, she survived the debilitation of el pueblo chico e infierno grande to create a life filled with love and honor. 

DAWN JOELLA JACKSON - Principal at Helensview High School in Portland, Oregon. Raised by her father, a hippy, Jewish musician, and a strong determined Latina mother, Dawn learned the strength of going with the flow and self-determination. Her New Mexico roots taught her there is nothing stronger than family and more powerful than a girls kiss! Raising two boys of color with her partner, Dawn’s story is a testament that love indeed does endure in a time of war.