Talk-back following the 2 PM performance on Sunday, October 22, 2017
How do you carry those you left behind? Milagro’s 22nd annual Día de Muertos production brings a new, company devised espectáculo built around the theme of diaspora to the stage. Inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead and recent refugee stories, we embark on a journey of the living and the dead as they both seek safety and peace in a new home.
Éxodo is creatively guided and directed by Tracy Cameron Francis, an Egyptian-American theatre director and interdisciplinary artist and Milagro’s Producing Creative Director, Roy Antonio Arauz.
Tracy Cameron Francis
As a freelance director Tracy’s work has been seen in New York at HERE Arts Center, NY International Fringe Festival, Manhattan Shakespeare Project, NY Arab Comedy Festival, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Lyceum, PEN World Voices Festival, and others. Regionally with Boom Arts (Portland,OR) and Williamstown Theatre Festival, and internationally at the Falaki Theatre (Egypt), Ubumuntu Festival (Rwanda), and LaMama Umbria (Italy).
Francis has developed new work through staged readings and workshops at New York Theatre Workshop, O’Neill National Musical Theatre Conference, Red Bull Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Corrib Theatre, the Lark, T.B.A. Festival and others. As a deviser, Cameron has created original performances for Bushwick Open Studios Performance Art Showcase, Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery, the W Hotel, Alwan Center for the Arts, JAW at Portland Center Stage,and Hybrid Theatre Works.
Francis is a core member of Theatre Without Borders and former artistic director of Hybrid Theatre Works in New York. She holds a B.A. from Fordham University in Middle Eastern Studies and Theatre, is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and an associate member of SDC. She was recently named as a Theatre Communications Group 2017 Rising Leader of Color.
Roy is Milagro’s Producing Creative Director. He has a background in dance and choreography, with training in Limón, Graham, Ceccheti ballet, and various jazz techniques. As a theatre director and producer in Seattle since 2007, he worked with companies such as ArtsWest, Balagan Theatre, Book-It Repertory (touring), The Driftwood Players, Latino Theatre Projects, Seattle Musical Theatre, Theatre 9/12, and founded and ran his own company, Arouet, from 2011 to 2015. Directing credits include The Temperamentals (Arouet), The Hen Night Epiphany (Arouet/Driftwood co-production), La Mariposa (Book-It, touring), Anna in the Tropics (Latino Theatre Projects), and Annie (Driftwood.) Next he will be assistant directing ART’s The Humans. Roy is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Directors Lab West, and the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee.