Giovanni Ortega made his debut on the East West Players stage in 2005 playing the role of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in the hit musical Imelda. In 2011, Ortega wrote ALLOS, the story of Carlos Bulosan, which was commissioned by East West Players for its Theater for Youth Program. The following year, Chicago’s CIRCA Pintig Theater Company produced it as part of Migrant Stories. During the same time, East West Players included an excerpt of his work in its Theater for Youth touring production Our American Voice. ALLOS was also produced by LA18 for Kababayan Today where he also serves as a Kulturahan correspondent for Art, Activism and Academia. Additional works include: Tug of War (PINTIG), Wayne (Pasadena Playhouse) and Lost in the Margins (Mezçlão). His directing credits include East West Players’ New Works Festival and productions at Pomona College including Medieval Mystery Plays, Spring Awakening,
In the Next Room and Urinetown (April 2016). His acting credits include Romance of Magno Rubio at Inside the Ford (LA Weekly nomination) and Dogeaters at Center Theatre Group. Giovanni has performed for over 300 organizations, universities and prisons (P.E.P.) with various one-person shows including Playfair. Choreography credits include: Tea, with Music (East West Players) Cinnamon Girl, Girl Most Likely To (Playwright’s Arena) Last year, he adapted and directed The Kingdom of Banaras in Varanasi, India then directed What the Butler Saw at Upstage Theater in Bern, Switzerland. As an author, he took the literary artist category for the most sought after author with Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio, and a collection of his poetry was included in an anthology of mixed heritage writing in Completely Mixed Up. He is currently working on his next book entitled Gitano, which will be published by Carayan Press.
He is a visiting assistant professor at The Pomona College Department of Theatre & Dance. This summer, Giovanni will be devising a new play in Singapore at the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity based on the theme of Art and Skin. For more information go to:


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