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Crabs in a Bucket – Artist Bios

Bernardo Cubría (Playwright) is a Mexican-born playwright and screenwriter. His The Play You Want  was the recipient of the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s 2020 Generation Award as well as Portland Oregon’s Milagro Theatre’s 2020 Ingenio Award for New Play by a Latinx Playwright; it premiered at L.A.’s Road Theatre in 2022, garnering Cubría both a Stage Raw Award and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nomination for Playwriting. In 2019, Cubría was nominated for a trifecta of Ovation, Stage Raw and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Playwright awards for his play The Giant Void In My Soul. Other playwriting awards include the Smith Prize for Political Theater and the BETC Generations Award. For film, he penned the feature screenplay Like It Used to Be, which Gina Rodriguez is attached to direct, star in, and produce with her company I Can And I Will Productions, and he’s currently in development on a feature based on boxer Ryan Garcia, which Gina Rodriguez is set to star in and produce alongside Endeavor Content and, One Community.

Alana Dietze (Director) previously directed Echo Theater Company productions of Poor Clare (winner of the prestigious Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and 9 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards including for production and director); The Wolves (named to both Charles McNulty’s “Highlights of 2019” list in the Los Angeles Times and KCRW’s “Best of 2019” list, Ovation Recommended), The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, A Small Fire and Dry Land, which she again directed for CTG Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theater. In total, the two productions of Dry Land garnered 9 Ovation nominations and won the 2016 Ovation for Best Production in an intimate theater. Alana is also an Ovation-nominated actress and serves as the Echo’s associate artistic director and literary manager.

Jordan Hull (Beb) is the recipient of both lead performance and ensemble awards from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for her performance in the title role of Poor Clare at the Echo Theater Company. She made her television debut starring in Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q opposite Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey. She can also be seen in the Netflix movie Hustle alongside Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall, Ben Foster and Adam Sandler.

Anna LaMadrid (Pootz) is a Caracas, Venezuela-born/New York-bred/Los Angeles-based actor, audition coach and entrepreneur, most likely recognized for her role as “Fake Angela” opposite Nathan Fielder in HBO’s groundbreaking, mind-melding first season of The Rehearsal. Recent credits include recurring as Rocio in Hulu’s This Fool (executive produced by Fred Armisen) and recurring as Lacey Gamble in the upcoming Season 2 of Shining Vale opposite Courtney Cox. Additional comedic TV appearances include The Goldbergs, Tacoma FD, Love, Victor, Call Your Mother opposite Kiera Sedgwick, and Night Court with Melissa Rauch. Anna is an alumna of the Disney Discovers showcase and a two-time recipient of the Groundling’s Diversity Scholarship. She is a Stage Raw Award recipient for Female Comedy performance for her take on “Betty 3” in Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops at Boston Court, written by Jen Silverman (Tales of the City). She received her MFA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Washington. As an entrepreneur, she founded Put Me On Self-Tape; a self-tape studio and audition coaching service in 2016. Clients include Travis Van Winkle (You, Made for Love); Bridget Regan (Batwoman, Jane the Virgin); Dina Shihabi (Archive 81, Jack Ryan); and more. In March, 2021, she co-founded an online holistic actor training membership program, The New Triple Threat, with Alyshia Ochse, who is an actor (True Detective) and host of That One Audition podcast. Together, they have impacted hundreds of actors in leveling up their business, tech, and craft skills.

Xochitl Romero (Amargo) was a writer and performer with HisPanic Attack, the first all-Latinx sketch show at The Second City Hollywood which ran for multiple seasons. Her thriller, Bernie is currently touring the film festival circuit, having garnered multiple awards including for best screenplay, best actress and best director. Off-Broadway credits include To The Bone (Cherry Lane Theatre), Chimichangas and Zoloft (Atlantic Theatre), and Very Pretty Girls (New World Stages). In Los Angeles, she received the Ovation Award for featured actress in a play for her role in the Fountain Theatre’s multiple award-winning West Coast premiere of Cost of Living, as well as in the Fountain’s “hyper-staged” reading of ROE by Lisa Loomer. Other credits include Queens and Kill Local at the La Jolla Playhouse; Water by the Spoonful at Stages in Houston; Mutual Philanthropy at EST/LA; and Blackbird at Hyde Park Theatre, for which she received the B. Iden Payne Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama. Film/Television credits: The Conners, Station 19, Temple Grandin, Friday Night Lights, The Mosquito Coast.

Michael Sturgis (Mamon) has previously been seen in Echo Theater Company productions as Francis in Poor Clare (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Performance); as Dean/Devin in Gloria; and as Jack in Blueberry Toast (Stage Raw Award for Best Comedic Ensemble). Other credits include performances with A Noise Within, HERO Theatre, Theatre of NOTE and Classical Theatre Lab. He starred with Mark Duplass in Room 104 on HBO, and with Mayim Bialik in Call Me Kat on FOX. He wrote/produced and starred with Jacqueline Wright in a short film called Every Other Week, which was labeled a Vimeo Staff Pick. He is a graduate of the USC School of Dramatic Arts.