The Theater Corps is currently rehearsing a series of short productions and PSAs about life and safety during COVID. Funny but serious, these original works are an important reflection of how we are getting through this critical historical moment.
Angel Rodriguez is a local Sacramento actor and director. He is a graduate from Sacramento State where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. He is very grateful for the opportunity to perform through the Sacramento Artist Corps, and to bring Hispanic art to life. He wants to continue to be a part of the arts for the rest of his life, whether it is on stage, backstage, as a director, or as an educator. Angel has had the honor of getting into the shoes of many wonderful roles on stage including Usnavi in In the Heights (Sac State), Rene in Lydia (Teatro Espejo), Juan in La Pastorela de Sacramento (Latino Center of Arts and Culture), Mark Cohen in Rent(West Campus), James in James and the Giant Peach (Sac State), and The Boy in Darkside (Sac State). Angel is incredibly passionate with theater and wants to continue inspiring others and spreading the message that there is a place for EVERYONE on stage. Angel would like to thank Richard Falcon, Marie Acosta, and Manuel Pickett for always bringing him on board to projects that are so much more than just a mere performance.
Originally from Pittsburg, CA, Beatriz Figueroa is a Mexican-American, national award-winning singer currently based in Sacramento. Beatriz has been performing professionally for over 10 years executing a variety of musical styles including Mexican-folk, Latin Jazz, Classical, and Liturgical. In the Spring of 2019, Beatriz graduated from Sacramento State University with degrees in Sociology and Music—fortifying her two passions; singing and social justice. During her undergrad, Beatriz made her acting debut with Sac State Opera Theatre and has then gone on to work with Davis Shakespeare Festival and most recently Teatro Nagual. Beatriz looks forward to growing artistically as a member of the Sacramento Artist Corps while she continues advocating and working for a more just and equitable future for all.
Devin Valdez is a Sacramento actor, teaching artist, and theatremaker! Most recently she was seen in Hamlet at Sacramento Theatre Company. She has also had the honor of working with Capital Stage on their production of The Wolves where she portrayed #46. Some of her favorite credits include; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug the Joiner) at STC, Jasper! (Lily) with Big Idea Theatre, Welcome to Arroyo’s (Lelly) with Teatro Espejo, as well as In the Time of the Butterflies (Minerva Mirabal), and La Pastorela de Sacramento (Carmela). On other stages, she has worked as a freelance choreographer and theatre educator with high schools, dance studios, and theatre programs around Sacramento. When she isn't acting, dancing, or teaching she can be found writing, knitting, and drinking copious amounts of coffee!
Ian Hopps is an actor based in Sacramento that has performed with Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, Big Idea Theatre Company, and the Davis Shakespeare Festival. He grew up in Los Angeles, studied theatre at San Francisco State University, and moved up to the Sacramento area five years ago. Ian is grateful to be involved with the Sacramento Artist Corps as they help us pivot during this pandemic and put artists to work for the community.
Richard Falcon, Mentor
Having studied White American Theatre the majority of my life (ACT, Piccoli Theatre, Playhouse West) as a performer, I never gave a thought to the limitations placed on me due to my heritage. It was not discussed. I had no connection to my culture. My family were assimilationists. I was ignorant to the plight of my people. My arts organization, Teatro Nagual was founded under the core values Cesar Chavez and the spiritual teachings on Don Miguel Ruiz. As executive director of a fledgling company, I learned quickly of the inequities in funding opportunities, the lack of available talent in my region, plus the incredible absence of Spanish language theatre for people I wanted to serve. Additionally, I found the Latino/a/x arts scene in Sacramento severely divided so our slogan “Artistically United” was adopted. Today, as a member of United Latinos, a member of the Sacramento Police Oversight Commission, a member of the Task Force for Equity in the Arts and artist in residence for La Familia Counseling Center, I use arts for advocacy and social justice education. I have become an “artivist” and much like Luis Valdez, who created with Teatro Campesino, I use mobile theatre experiences to speak about immigration, voter education, and environmental justice, and other issues impacting our community.
Sidney Raey-Gonzales graduated Sacramento State University in 2017 with a BA in Theatre and a minor in English. She has been working professionally for the past two years, focusing mainly on musical theatre. Past roles include Prudie Cupp in Sacramento Theatre Companies Pump Boys and Dinnettes, Sarah Brown in Sacramento States production of Guys and Dolls, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors with Bay Areas Cinnabar Theatre Company, and was featured in New Helvetia Theatres limited run of 35mm: A Musical Exhibition. Sidney has also been featured on two original cast concept albums; Ranked: A New Musical created and written by Kyle Holmes and David Taylor Gomes, and Boxed Up, also written and composed by David Taylor Gomes. She has competed in, and received awards for, acting and musical theatre at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2017 and 2018. Sidney is thrilled to be working with Sac Artist Corp and helping spread awareness of the effects and impact of Covid-19 through artistry and culture.
From Los Angeles, Tory Scroggins began his career as a make-up artist to such prominent professionals as Beyonce, Janet Jackson and Queen Latifah at age 19. He transitioned into acting in 2000 and has appeared in almost two dozen stage plays ("Othello", "Rent", "Company") as well as television ("Noah's Arc", "Half and Half") And a Netflix feature film "All Day and All Night.” Last year Tory for the second time won the Sacramento Film Festival award for Outstanding Regional Actor and recently wrapped two films, a Sci-Fi Fantasy called "Feystrom" and an action film called “Mad as Hell.”