Hot Time/Summer in the City
Ren Dara Santiago
and your hostess, Kathleen Warnock
Regie Cabico is a poet and a spoken word pioneer having been the first openly queer and Asian American writer to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. He's received several fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts & The DC Commission for the Arts and is a former NYU Asian American Studies Artist In Residence. He is founder and publisher of Capturing Fire Press and received NY Innovative Theater Awards and Nominations for his work in The New York Neo Futurists and a Lambda Literary Award Nomination for co-editing Flicker & Spark. As a theater artist, his solo work has been presented at The Humana Theater Festival, Dixon Place, Joe's Pub and Capital Fringe Festival. Television credits include HBO's Def Poetry Jam, NPR's Snap Judgement & Tedx Talk. He resides in Washington, DC.
Nicky Paraiso is Director of Programming at The Club at La MaMa and is also Curator for the annual La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, just completed its 14th season this May. He has been an actor/performer in the NY downtown theater, dance and performance scene since 1979, working with Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez, Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks, Anne Bogart, John Jesurun, Dan Hurlin, Dan Froot, Jessica Hagedorn, Robbie McCauley, Laurie Carlos, Richard Elovich, Fred Holland, Mary Shultz, Mark Bennett, among many others. Nicky’s one-man shows (including Asian Boys, Houses and Jewels andHouse/Boy, the latter directed by Ralph B. Peña) have been presented at La MaMa, Dixon Place, BACA Downtown, Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Pillsbury House Theater (Minneapolis), the 4th Int'l Festival of Cabaret (Mexico City), the KO Festival (Amherst College), Dublin Theatre Festival and the Initiation Performance Festival in Singapore (both in 2007). He has performed with both Ma-Yi Theatre Company and National Asian American Theatre Company. Paraiso's awards include a BESSIE New York Dance & Performance Award, a Spencer Cherashore Fund grant for mid-career actors, a NY Innovative Theater Award, and the BAX Arts and Artists in Progress Arts Manager Award. He has served on various theater, dance and music panels, and has also been a member of the BESSIE Awards Selection Committee as well as the OBIE Awards Judges Committee. Nicky is a recipient of a 2018 TCG Fox Fellowship Grant/Round 12, as an Actor of Distinguished Achievement. He premiered a new dance-theater work, “now my hand is ready for my heart: intimate histories,” directed by John Jesurun, which was presented at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre this spring.
Ren Dara Santiago is a Fila-Rican playwright from Yonkers and Harlem. She is the playwright-in-residence at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, who will World Premiere The Siblings Play in Spring 2020. Something in the Balete Tree, a 2019 Finalist in the National Playwrights Conference, was written with the support of Gingold Theatrical Group, Clubbed Thumb, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. The Siblings Play has had development at The Cherry Lane Theatre (Mentor Project), Labyrinth Theater, MCC Theater, and Ojai Playwrights Conference. Other plays include Battle; Come to Starr Street; The Gods Play; Little Stories; Big World; Love + Animation. She is a teaching artist with The National Theater Institute & the Playwriting Lab at MCC Youth Company; guest artist in Playgrounds at The Lark; member of Rising Phoenix Rep; founding member & former Artistic Producer of Middle Voice at Rattlestick; & an eternal member of The Baldwin Project by Lucy Thurber. Ren is the proud recipient of the MCC Alumni Award and the inaugural recipient of Rising Phoenix Rep’s Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award. Next Up: The Gods Play all over the city.