Songs for a New World
Music & Lyrics by JASON ROBERT BROWN
June 3-26, 2022
Co-Directors: Kevin “Blax” Burroughs and Julio Catano
Choreographer: Alyssa “Ajay” Junious
Music Director: William Ah Sing
Songs for a New World Video
Adapted from Teatro San Diego’s successful production streamed during the Covid-19 pandemic, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is a gorgeous song cycle by Jason Robert Brown, composer of Parade, Bridges of Madison County, and The Last Five Years. Having the common theme of making a difficult and important decision, each song and performer represents a form of social injustice in America such as Feminism, White Privilege, Gender Equality, and Racial Justice.
Timyra-Joi* Is excited to be making her Oceanside Theater Company debut! A veteran to the stage, having started her acting and singing journey at the age of 4, Timyra-Joi has had amazing opportunities including a two year run in Las Vegas’s hit mash up in BAZ! Star Crossed Love, as “Juliet” and also being a finalist at the tender age of 15 in NBC’s THE VOICE. You can catch Timyra-Joi currently performing in Las Vegas! Timyra-Joi would like to thank her mother for her constant love and support and OTC for this opportunity! Proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Christian Duarte (he/him/his) is tremendously excited to be working with Teatro San Diego & OC Theatre Company. After graduating from Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA), the San Diego native has received his B.A. in Theatre and Community from UC Santa Barbara. There, he was president of a student run theatre company and directed shows like The Last Five Years and Mamma Mia! the Musical. Back in his hometown, he is ready to reamerse himself into this amazing theatre community. Some recent credits include: Hanna in La Cage Aux Folles at Cygnet Theatre.
Brittany Adriana Carrillo is ecstatic to join Oceanside Theatre Company in Songs For A New World! Some of her most memorable past roles include Rapunzel/StepMother in Into the Woods, Adrie in Beehive [New Village Arts], Kelly Manning in The Mad Ones and Hermione/Mopsa/Time in The Winter’s Tale [Grossmont College]. She is a cofounder of @abctheatreco and is also currently studying at SDSU pursuing her BA in Theatre Performance. She enjoys the complexity of Woman One is exploring the numerous stories of each song and honoring the journey of their one moment of decision they make and where that leads each story. The collaboration throughout this process with the amazing cast and dedicated production team is what truly makes this process so special.
Mikaela Rae Macias is grateful for her Oceanside Theatre Company debut as Dancer 1 in Songs for a New World. Her previous roles include Performer in Pop-Up WoW Festival (La Jolla Playhouse), Noel in Noel, Noel (San Diego Symphony), and Joan Arc in Mother of the Maid (Moxie Theatre). She is currently a 3rd-year Theatre Performance student enrolled at San Diego State University. She also graduated from Coronado School of the Arts’s Drama and Musical Theatre Program. Thank you to her mom, grandmother, sister, and little cousin for being reminders of powerful women.
Keri Miller is thrilled to be working with Teatro & OTC in this dynamic production. She’s an elementary teacher at Leonardo daVinci Health Sciences Charter. Her credits include Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Eve/Mama (Children of Eden), Lady of the Lake (Spamalot), Kathy Hiatt (Last Five Years), Susan (Tick, Tick, Boom!), Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Helen Bechdel (Fun Home), Betty (Great American Trailer Park Musical), Luisa (Nine), Kate (Lippa’s Wild Party), Mrs. Walker (Who’s Tommy). Thanks to production, cast & crew. Love to her family & husband Chris.
Joshua Washington Josh is making his OTC debut in Songs For A New World. Josh’s credits include as a Cast member in Jabbawockeez Prism and Jabbawockeez China Tour. Josh first came to theatre while putting on plays at Oak Park Elementary School. He is excited about the vibes of the whole team on this production.
Kevin “Blax” Burroughs – Co-Director (He/Him/His) is a performer, director, choreographer and lighting designer who is honored to remount this production of Songs For A New World. Directorial Credits: Songs…New World, Carrie, Next To Normal & others. Choreographer Credits: Little Shop Of Horrors, In The Heights, Legally Blonde, James…Giant Peach, Matilda, and others. Performance Credits: Bobby/Memphis, Armand/Once On This Island, Benny/In The Heights, Judas/Jesus Christ Superstar, Enjolras/Les Miserables, and others. Lighting Design Credits: The Addams Family, Matilda, Next To Normal, The Little Mermaid, Carrie and others. Co-Founder of Teatro San Diego. Instagram: @kevinblaxburroughs @teatrosandiego
Julio Catano – Co-Director National / International Tours: The Addams Family (Ancestor), West Side Story Centennial World Tour (Chino). Regional: Kiss My Aztec! (La Jolla Playhouse); Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Theatre Under The Stars); Camelot (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Anything Goes (Arena Stage); West Side Story (Barrington Stage Company, Musical Theatre West and Lamb’s Players Theatre). Film/TV: Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, FOX’s Pitch, TNT’s 12. Education: Dance B.F.A. from The Ailey School / Fordham University. Executive artistic director of Teatro San Diego and adjunct professor at Syracuse University. @juliocatanoyee @ teatrosandiego”
Alyssa “Ajay” Junious – Choreographer Ajay is a choreographer, theatre artist, arts educator and pilates practitioner from Oceanside, California. She received her BFA in Performance, Choreography and Certificate of Arts Management from the University of California, Irvine. She is the founder of Continuum Arts & Pilates and Cofounder of Soultry Sisters Arts + Wellness Collective. She has choreographed for New Village Arts/OTC (Into The Woods), Teatro San Diego (Songs of a New World) and NVA (Beehive: a 1960’s Musical). Her work has been featured at Art Produce, Oceanside Museum of Art, LUX Art Institute, Temecula Front & Main Dance Festival, Palm Springs Dance Festival, RAW Artists San Diego, Orange County Dance Festival, The Vine Theater and Oceanside Public Library. Her professional performance credits include: La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Musical Theater, Disneyland Resort, Entity Contemporary Dance Company, San Diego Dance Theater, Oceanside Theater Company, Legoland Resort, PGK Dance Project, Disney’s ABC Christmas Special, Demi Lovato, Anika Noni Rose, and Cheryl Burke. To learn more visit AlyssaRJunious.com and @continuum.sd
William Ah Sing – Music Director & Conductor Music Director/Conductor: The Last Five Years (Lamplighters Theatre); Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Wedding Singer, Avenue Q (Ocean Beach Playhouse); The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Seussical, (San Diego Junior Theatre). Keyboard and synthesizer: Mamma Mia! (Welk Resort Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who’s Tommy (Ocean Beach Playhouse).
Reiko Huffman – Scenic Designer is excited to be a part of the remount of Songs for A New World with Teatro San Diego and in partnership with Oceanside Theatre Company. Recent and upcoming credits for Reiko Huffman include, The Importance of Being Earnest and Silent Sky with Summer Repertory Theatre Festival, The Wiz with Teatro San Diego, Cinderella at the Rose Theatre in Omaha, NE, and Legally Blonde with the GREAT theatre in Minnesota.
Morgan Zwonitzer – Stage Manager Morgan’s credits with OTC include stage managing A Christmas Carol: A Radioplay (2021 & 2019) ASM for Foxfire (2019) and Dancing Lessons (2019) Other credits include: The role of The Kid in QueerSpawn for Diversionary (2018) and assistant directing Hir for Cygnet Theatre (2018) This show has been an honor to work on!