ATLANTIC PACIFIC THEATRE is a theater company that creates theatre works, community programs, and social practice art experiences towards cultural equity for and with the Asian Pacific Islander (API) diaspora community and beyond. We aim to enhance the public’s understanding, empathy, and awareness of the API diaspora in local and transnational contexts. The company's underpinning values of cross cultural exchange and pluralism center our work on narratives of the API diaspora in exchange with fellow communities of color.
Claro de los Reyes, Founder & Director
Claro is a social practice theatre & film artist who creates work to further build community, encourage cross- cultural dialogue, and highlight & explore underrepresented histories. As an actor he has performed with NY theater companies that include NAATCO, Pan Asian Rep, Leviathan Lab, and International WOW. As a theatre maker he has had the honor of making theatre alongside community members in NYC, the Philippines, and Rwanda. Additionally, Claro has served as a lead arts-based educator at Apollo Theatre Education, CUNY CAT, and the Two River Theater Co. Recent accomplishments include: 2015 commissioned artist for the Laundromat Projects Create Change program; 2016-17 National Artists Strategies Creative Community Fellow; and 2017 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant Recipient. Education: Fordham LC Theatre Program, TWN Film, MA in Applied Theatre CUNY SPS. He is the founder and director of Atlantic Pacific Theatre, a Brooklyn-based social practice theatre company that aims to enhance the public’s understanding, empathy, and awareness of the Asian Pacific diaspora in local, transnational, and cross-cultural contexts.
Lydia Gaston-Greenberg, Associate Theatre Artist
Lydia is a New York actor and teaching artist. She holds an MA in Applied Theatre (School for Professional Studies, CUNY) and a B.A. in Theatre and Dance (Empire State College, SUNY). From 2012 to 2015 she was an adjunct professor at SUNY, Old Westbury, NY and along with Claro de los Reyes was part of the educational initiative with Leviathan lab in New York (PS 124, Playmaking Project). Lydia was a member of Ballet Philippines and has performed on B'way (The King and I, Miss Saigon, Jerome Robbins' B'way) and off-Bway, creating roles with Ma-Yi Theatre Group, NAATCO and Pan Asian Rep. TV credits include guest appearances in The Path (HULU) and The Sopranos (HBO). www.lydiagaston.com
Brisa Areli Muñoz, Associate Theatre Artist
Brisa Areli Muñoz is a theatre director, facilitator and educator based out of Brooklyn, New York. She is a creative and strategic thinker with expertise in experiential learning, innovative problem-solving and liberatory education practices. Brisa is passionate about using art as a tool to motivate, activate & transform and is deeply committed to exploring the ways arts-based strategies can provoke social consciousness, community development and civic engagement. She has facilitated workshops across the country and internationally in Boston, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas, Chicago, New York City, Iraq and Romania and currently serves as Manager of Community Partnerships at The Public Theater
Laura Cabochan, Associate Theatre Artist
Laura Cabochan, born and raised in the Philippines, is currently a New York-based writer, performer, and educator. She collaborates with Asian and Asian-American communities by supporting their community building efforts through artistic means. She first worked with the Atlantic Pacific Theatre in My Baryo, My Borough. She completed her MA in Applied Theatre under a Philippine Fulbright scholarship in the City University of New York. At the moment, Laura is a Steinhardt fellow and is working on completing her PhD in Educational Theatre in New York University.
Precious Sipin, Associate Theatre Artist
Precious Sipin is an NYC based actor and teaching artist. A believer of continuous learning, Precious has done outreach in Nicaragua and Ghana, working in solidarity with the communities on education, the Arts, and women's rights. Some credits include- Film/TV: Going in Style (dir. Zach Braff), Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Off Broadway: Daniel (MCC Youth Theater) NY Theater: Manna-Hata (Peculiar Works Project), Chains (True Stages Theatre Company), The Journey Of A Brown Girl (dir. Jana Lynne Umipig), Tagalogue at the Nuyorican Poets Café (solo show: DALAGA), UnDressing the Fragments (WOW Cafe Theatre), How to Build a Forest (PearlDamour), Bye Bye Birdie! (Harlem Repertory Theatre), Swoony Planet (dir. Mia Katigbak), Wedding Band (dir. Daniel Alexander Jones). For updates and contact info, visit www.PreciousSipin.com
Shamila McBean, Associate Theatre Artist & Curriculum Development
Shamilia is an applied theatre practitioner, vocalist, facilitator & herbalist using her mediums to co-create liberatory community spaces. Inspired by familial and communal ancestors, she seeks to continue the legacy of healing, artistry and liberatory practice championed by her foreparents. She believes in art-making to inspire learning, spark movement, preserve culture and build community. In her practice, she focuses on immersive, participatory engagement with stories of transition, transgression, healing, love and liberation in marginalized communities. Shamilia is an alum of Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute (2014), received the National Association of Black Storytellers’ Cowtail Switch Award (2015) & was a 2016 Laundromat Project Create Change Fellow. You can keep up with her projects at shamilia.com.
Jennifer Quiambao, Community Programs Associate
Alex Tarampi, Resident Visual Artist
Caroline Kyungah Hong