José Ignacio Vivero (Creator/Director/Producer): José́ Ignacio Vivero has been in the world of art since he was a little kid growing up in Ecuador. At the age of 19, he started working as a professional actor under the direction of the well-known Ecuadorian playwright José Martínez Queirolo (1931-2008). He has also studied dance, puppetry, video production, and arts education. He was part of the prestigious puppet troop La Rana Sabia making puppetry for all ages and working with a number of organizations including UNICEF. His passion for puppetry is evident in his work with actors, as he continually emphasizes the power of imagery and the importance of stretching the imagination. He is excited to be back in NYC after spending two years writing and directing a children’s show for Ecuadorian television and presiding over the jury of the Festival de Teatro Escolar (national youth theater festival) in the Dominican Republic. He received a FAAL Award in for Best Puppet Show, in Guayaquil, Ecuador; and ACE Award for Best Actor in NYC.

Susannah Dalton Berard (Writer/Producer/Creator): As a child Susannah was starved of TV and fed on stories. At the age of 18, Susannah moved to New York and threw herself into acting, playwriting, stand-up comedy, and puppetry. The visual storytelling skills she learned in writing for puppets proved fruitful in her studies at The Vancouver Film School, where she majored in writing for film and television. She has since been working consistently in creative for industrials and advertising as well as writing for the Ecuadorian children’s show, Periquetes. Susannah has re- mained first and foremost a storyteller whether writing songs, stand-up, plays or screenplays.

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Maite Uzal (Actress/Producer): Maite graduated from the Musical Theatre Conservatory Program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of NYC. Before that, she was an attorney and Law teacher in Madrid, Spain, where she appeared in productions of Les Miz (Fantine), Martin Guerre (Bertrande) and Lion King (Rafiki). NYC credits include “Hyppolitus”, “Othello, The Panther”, “Death Of A Salesman” and “Uncle Vanya” (Pearl Theater Company). She also shot the feature films, “Little Galicia” and "Retry" and is currently a producer and character consultant for www. iamwarriorproject.com as well as a resident actress in Fundamental Theatre Project. Most recently she has originated the role of Semíramis in the North American premiere of “La Gran Semíramis” at Repertorio Español. Maite is the recipient of the both the HOLA and ACE Best Actress awards.

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