Coffee Breaks: Thursdays on Instagram Live!
Conversations with artists, colleagues and artmakers, hosted by Playhouse artistic staff.
This new program, spearheaded by the Playhouses’ own Jacob Santos, is designed as an inspirational break from your work, teaching, and caring duties. For about 30 minutes, you’ll be a fly on the wall as two artmakers discuss their craft, what they are passionate about, and what they are doing during this time when theaters remain closed.
Take a break with us at @WCPlayhouse.
Sara Bues with Jacob Santos
Thu, July 9 at 4PM
Sara will be seen on stage at the Playhouse in our 2021 season in Tiny House. She grew up on Long Island, went to Syracuse University, spent some time in Chicago and now resides in NYC (although currently she is up in the mountains, somewhere west). Before the pandemic she guest starred on "FBI" and had roles on Showtime's "City on a Hill" as well as "Law and Order: SVU." Now she is making quarantine movies and spending time in her metalsmithing studio where she makes jewelry.
Jacob Santos, Host
Jacob Santos, Newman’s Own Foundation Managing Director Fellow at Westport Country Playhouse, is a 25-year-old Afro-Latino young professional who is passionate about using theater as a tool for social justice. He is the founder of the Crescent Players of Color, a coalition formed between current students and alumni of color at SCSU. In 2019, he graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, and a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre. He has held the position of Managing Intern/Casting Associate at The Elm Shakespeare Company in New Haven, CT. Jacob is the 2019 recipient of The ASPIRE KCACT LORT Leadership Award, Region 1 Finalist. Additionally, he was the recipient of the KCACTF 2019 Arts Impact Award. He will begin studying Theater Management at the Yale School of Drama in the fall of 2020.
Esteban Suero with Jacob Santos
Thu, July 2 at 4 PM
Watch Esteban & Jacob again on YouTube. Originally from Miami, FL, Esteban is an actor, singer, singer-songwriter, and photographer based in New York City. Recent credits include Westport Country Playhouse's production ofMan of La Mancha (Barber/Ensemble), lead vocalist in the national tour of Rockin' Road to Dublin (directed by Broadway's Jeff Whiting), and Will Bloom in Big Fish. After completing his Master’s Degree in Opera Performance in Oklahoma City, he made the move to New York in 2016 with his now 11 year-old German Shepherd. When not performing or actively auditioning, Esteban is an avid road-tripper, fitness enthusiast, and food lover ("foodie" is an understatement). @estesuero / @suerophotography
Jermaine Rowe with Jacob Santos
Thu, June 25 at 4PM
Watch Jermaine & Jacob again on YouTube. Jermaine is a multi-faceted theater artist.Westport Country Playhouse: Mlima's Tale, Man of La Mancha. Broadway/West End: The Lion King, Fela! Regional: Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Noon Day Sun, Batboy. Film: Bwoy, Freedom, and was an original cast member in National Theatre Live Fela! Opera: Il Barber de Seville, The Tales of Hoffman. Former dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem and National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. He was a 2019 Semi-Finalist for the O'Neill's National Music Theatre Conference with his original work Storyteller/The Children from the Blue Mountain. Awards: 2019-20 Award for Excellence for his performance in Mlima's Tale by the Connecticut Critics Circle. He holds an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, and is a CUNY Adjunct Professor in Acting.
Carlos L. Encinias with Jacob Santos
Thu, June 18 at 3:30PM (Special time!)
Watch Carlos & Jacob again on YouTube. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Studied theater at BYU in Utah, proud New Yorker since 2000. Westport Country Playhouse: Man of La Mancha (Padre). Broadway: Les Misérables (Fueilly), Mamma Mia! (us Eddie/Father A), Good Vibrations (us Jan/Class President) Scandalous (Ramon) starring Carolee Carmello. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Juan/Abe/Mark). Regional: Olney Theatre Center, Miss You Like Hell (Manuel); Papermill Playhouse, A Christmas Story (u/s Santa); Phoenix Theatre, Evita (Che); Sundance, Cinderella (Prince). Carlos is also a dance and theatre instructor at Professional Performing Arts High School and directs professionally from time to time. Represented with BLOC NYC. Carlos has been with his husband, Joe, for 15 years and plays his most acclaimed role as Papa to his two sons, Luca and Marco!
Sandra Marante with Jacob Santos
Thu, June 11 at 4PM
Watch Sandra & Jacob again on YouTube. Born and raised in sunny Miami, Florida, Sandra Marante is a musical theater actress and classically trained operatic soprano. She was last seen at Westport Country Playhouse as Daniela in In the Heights, as well as performing at WCP’s holiday benefit concert. Recent: In the Heights (Broadway at Music Circus), Stonewall (New York City Opera at Lincoln Center),Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Dicapo Theatre), In the Heights (Playhouse on Park), Hatuey(American premiere, Peak Performances), Man of La Mancha (Princeton Festival), Madama Butterfly and My Fair Lady (Charlottesville Opera). Sandra recently filmed her first co-starring TV role on “Bull” (CBS). Other TV: “Quiero Ser Estrella” (Univision). Ms. Marante’s personal life story — to succeed musically despite what obstacles she has endured — has been recognized and published by Northwestern Medicine as well as in press nationwide press outlets, among them Chicago Tribune, Miami Sun Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, Opera Pulse, and Classical Singer Magazine. Ms. Marante was the spokes-patient for a national commercial advertisement for Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is a proud graduate of New World School of the Arts (BMus), Roosevelt University (MM), and UConn (PD).
Rodolfo Soto with Jacob Santos
Thu, May 28 at 4PM
Watch Rodolfo & Jacob again on YouTube. Rodolfo made his Playhouse debut as Usnavi in In the Heights in 2019. You may also have caught him in TWUSA’s spring 2018 tour of The Lightning Thief (Grover) and at The Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in Poor Boy’s Chorus (Poor Boy #1). He graduated with a BFA in Acting and a BA in Writing for the Stage from Marymount Manhattan College. His favorite quote is, “Every day has the opportunity to be the best day of your life.”
Paola Hernandez with Jacob Santos
Thu, May 21 at 4PM
Watch Paola & Jacob again on YouTube. Paola made her Playhouse debut as Antonia in Man of La Mancha in 2018, Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she is a proud Circle in the Square Theater School Alumna. Recent: Rent National Tour (Mimi Marquez), Rent National Tour (Swing, U/S Mimi, Maureen), Twelfth Night (Viola), Spring Awakening (Martha), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Hairspray (Dynamite), Godspell, Hair. Gracias to my familia. www.paola-hernandez.com, @phtanon
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All titles, dates, times, and artists are subject to change.