Special Guests for “Latina Night” this Friday at MOXIE!

by moxielicious

It’s going to be an exciting weekend here at MOXIE. Our current production References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot opened last weekend and is receiving fantastic reviews, audiences are sending in their heartfelt praise for about how the production moved them and this weekend we’ve got some really special guests in the house for our exciting performance on April 19th which will be followed by a special post-show panel discussion.

Friday April 19th Latinas on the American Stage – Special Guests:

MOXIE is proud to host this special event to explore how Latinas are portrayed in American theatre and how those roles affect the audiences who see them and the actresses who play them. We’ve got an exciting panel of special guests along with some of the actors and artists from the production who will be attending that evening to participate in the discussion and answer questions from the audience. Special guests include:

MariaF-CEditedMaria Figueroa-Chacon – Co-Coordinator of Puente Project and Professor at Mira Costa College

Figueroa-Chacon is an English instructor at MiraCosta College who also serves as co-coordinator of the Puente Project, an effort aimed at Latinos that combines an emphasis in English composition, counseling and mentoring to boost the number of disadvantaged youth who enroll in and graduate from four-year colleges and universities. Affiliated with the University of California, Puente Projectstaffers train high school and community college instructors and counselors “to implement a program of rigorous instruction, focused academic counseling, and mentoring by members of the community,” according to its web site.

A first-generation college graduate from a working-class family with roots on both sides of the border, Figueroa-Chacon grew up in Santa Ana and earned her bachelor’s degree in theater (with minors in ethnic studies and Spanish literature) from the University of California, San Diego. After earning her master’s degree in comparative literature from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Figueroa-Chacon returned to California and began teaching English composition part-time at San Diego City College, Mesa College, and San Diego State University, and theater at Cal State San Marcos before securing a full-time, tenured position at City College. Figueroa-Chacon is an English instructor at MiraCosta College who also serves as co-coordinator of the Puente Project, an effort aimed at Latinos that combines an emphasis in English composition, counseling and mentoring to boost the number of disadvantaged youth who enroll in and graduate from four-year colleges and universities.

Remy Mimms- President Elect of the San Diego Chapter of National Latina Business Women Association

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Remy Mimms, Sales Partner Manager for ClearEdge Power. Her 20-year professional experience includes positions with Clear Channel Communications and Urban Marketing Corporation of America. While serving as the senior project manager for UMCA, she successfully developed and executed marketing and publicity campaigns for major corporate brands such as Nike and HBO. She has served as a member of the US Green Building Council, San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership, CleanTECH San Diego.  She has held a coveted position as a Court Appointed Special Advocate through Voices for Children, serving as a voice for children in the foster care system who are unable to advocate for themselves and is the current President Elect for the San Diego chapter of the National Latina Business Women’s Association.

While growing up in San Diego, CA, Ms. Mimms encountered many personal struggles.  Being a young mother propelled her drive and ambition into overdrive to pave a different path for her daughter and along the way, developed a passion for marketing and business.  Ms. Mimms is in the process of writing an autobiographical book, using her own life experiences to guide women from adversity to success and empowerment.  Also in development, a podcast series aimed at highlighting women and their journeys to success.

198046_173848059428045_1760223704_nAlix Mendoza – San Diego Actress and Director 

Alix a rising San Diego artist with a Theatre Associate Degree from Grossmont College. In her pursuit of honest images of women, races, and age, she has made roots in MOXIE Theatre and Amigos Del Rep (San Diego Repertory). She will further her studies and mission this fall at UC Santa Cruz

To purchase tickets for the show and panel discussion on Friday April 19 at 8pm visit www.moxietheatre.com/dali or call 858-598-7620.

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