JJeannie Barroga, (Member-Dramatists Guild and awardee for BUFFALO'ED for the Wallace Alexander Gerbode/William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Collaboration Commission with Alleluia Panis of Kularts), is a nationally-produced playwright, teacher, director, and local video producer. She has written 62 plays. Her work has been published, anthologized, and produced internationally and nationwide. Her play WALLS (15 productions) received the 2005 NEA “Access to Artistic Excellence” grant and is published in Unbroken Thread). Other awards: 2009 Arty Award for Best Original Production BANYAN (11 of 37 nominations); Los Angeles Maverick Award; the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 10-Minute Play award; 'Tino and Joey Awards; 2000 CalArts Award nomination; and the 2009 Washington and Lee University Flourney Festival nomination. The April 2012 production at SUNY-Geneseo is the sixth production of EYE OF THE COCONUT. RITA'S RESOURCES was produced by New York’s Pan Asian Repertory, 1995. 2008-2012 productions: theater arts consultant on ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO; and Director for KOREAN BADASS at the National Asian American Theater Festival, New York. Ms. Barroga was AATC’s Interim Artistic Director in 2007. Other publications: TALK-STORY in But Still Like Air, and EYE OF THE COCONUT. She was TheatreWorks’ literary manager from 1985 to 2003. Today, Barroga plays an active role in selected theater groups in northern California and in the nation.Upcoming: EBPCA (East Bay Performing Center for the Arts) MINNIE MAE'S, the birth of 1940s Richmond Blues; and AURORA, a family's varied coping methods. See website for updates and reviews: www.jeanniebarroga.com
ALLELUIA PANIS is a theater director, choreographer and the driving force behind Kularts and the Alleluia Panis Dance Theatre (APDT). She has received commissioning awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Langton Arts, and Brava! for Women in the Arts and the San Francisco Arts Commission as well as the Choreographic Fellowship from the California Arts Council. She has created fifteen full-length dance theater works since 1980, which have been performed on main stages in the US, Europe and Asia.
She has collaborated with numerous artists including Jon Jang, Danongan Kalanduyan, Francis Wong, visual artist Santiago Bose, among others. From 1998-2003, she created a warrior trilogy, Gabriela-Warrior Spirit, The Warrior Project and Heroes, with escrima (Philippine stick/blade fighting system) master, Maestro Dexter Labonog and Bahala Na Giron Escrima.
From 2004-06, she developed Mutya — a multi-disciplinary piece exploring the female creative energy and the intersection of spirit/body, ritual/dance. Mutya was performed to rondalla music by Fil-Am Vet Rondalla, with video art by Ana Hortillosa and costumes by Anthony Legarda.
In 2005, she choreographed Cherie Moraga's The Hungry Woman, a production by Stanford University Theater Department and directed the Maguindanaon Royal Wedding by the Magui Moro Master Artists of the Philippines.
In 2006, she collaborated with Jill Togawa and taiko drummer Ellen Bepp in Purple Moon Dance Project's production of Mahina.
In 2007, she collaborated (choreographer & director) with Sean San Jose on his new play, Tsismis, she directed Pinay Stories, with emerging artists Irene Faye Duller, Lolan Sevilla and Tina Bartolome; and directed the Ifugao Music & Dance Ensemble of Banaue.
For 2008 she will direct Florante Aguilar's 2008 musical project Lalawigan. Her next project to be completed in Spring 2009 and funded by SF Arts Commission is Ibig-Pulse of Desire with poets Jaime Jacinto and Oscar Penaranda.