Born and raised in Queens, New York, Venessa M. Diaz is a Puerto Rican writer, performer, teaching artist and Down syndrome activist. She is dedicated to performing and creating work that is politically and socially conscious. Her most recent piece, the solo show Organic Sofrito or Other Recipes for Disaster address the issues of cultural norms and mental health. It was a finalist in The Alec Baldwin Fellowship at The Singers Forum, named a bestseller at the United Solo Theatre festival and has performed to sold out crowds in NYC. Venessa began performing at the age of 5. Since then she has performed throughout NYC and abroad with some of Broadways best including recording artists Huey Dunbar, Clint Holmes and Dan Zanes. She is a founding member of accomplished youth theater companies such as the Creative Arts Team (CAT) Youth Theatre and Urban Youth Theatre (UYT). As a Drama Education Specialist, she has taught Poetry Slam, Playwriting, Theatre and Musical Theatre in New York City public schools for over a decade.
Born in Hacienda Heights, CA, Tony began his career in the art world in Mexico City before turning to writing and producing segments for “Open Source with Leon Krauze” at Fusion (the ABC/Univision joint venture). Since then, he’s trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade, written sketch shows, and has worked in the writers rooms of THE MAYOR (ABC) and HEATHERS (Paramount) – where he got to co-write an episode. His screenplays and teleplays have placed in the Made in NY Writers Room, Austin Film Festival, Outfest Film Festival, and MACRO Episodic Lab contests. Tony speaks fluent Spanish, and occasionally dabbles in German, but he’d rather not embarrass himself, so don’t ask him