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The Wayward Artist Presents


Written by Michael J. Mejia

Directed and Edited by Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete

Stage Manager, Video Editor: Sydney Raquel

Sound Designer: Roberto Hernandez

Assistant Stage Manager, Intern: Ella Nelson

In collaboration with The Frida Cinema, Michael-Miguel Productions. Recipient of the Santa Ana Arts Grant.

Special Thanks

CASA 0101, Las Madre Hadas, Amos Cass, Elie Cass, Emmanuel Deleage, George Villanueva, James Grimes, Jovan Tellez, Manny Torres, Sara Guerrero


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Jennifer Aguilar


is an improv based performer and fusion dancer from Orange County California. Having performed on amusement park and festival stages around California and Washington she is excited and grateful to be able to perform for you in Feliz! Follow Jennifer on Instagram.

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Miguel Torres Cruz


is an actor, producer, and educator based out of Orange County. He is a lecturer at CSU Fullerton and Riverside City College. In a year of uncertainty, he is proudest of his involvement with The Wayward Artist and Michael-Miguel Productions and the stories they commit to telling the world. Follow Miguel on Instagram.

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Roberta H. Martínez


 is an actor, writer, director, and historian.  She grew up in East Los and keeps coming back to places where the tortillas are fresh and the jamaica is just a little tart. She’s a founding member of The Collective Voz, a playwright’s group.  She’s thankful for opportunities to share stories that are complex: funny, serious, and thought provoking.
Find Roberta on Facebook under Roberta H. Martínez.

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Sheresade Poblet


is a Peruvian actress that started writing her own improv material at a young age to perform at theater summer camp. Moved to LA to study acting. Focused on film work (Excess Fless, Trails) however she has also performed in stages around LA (Swarm Cell, Chicanas, Cholas y Chimes, Frida Khalo Theater).  Find Sheresade on social media: InstagramFacebookTwitter

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Isaac Ybarra


could not be more grateful to the Felíz production team and The Wayward Artist for the opportunity to work with a talented cast of friends both new and old. He hopes support for The Wayward Artist will continue to grow as they develop an adventurous, inventive, and inclusive community of actors and creatives. He has his BFA in acting from CSU Fullerton.

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Chayan Tavakoly


is ecstatic to make his Wayward debut as Sam! Based out of New York City, they have most recently written, produced, and starred in a reading for the new scripted series, Polite, and cannot wait to begin filming as soon as it is safe to do so. When they are not writing (or in the middle of a pandemic), they are likely traveling the world, bringing theatre to young and aspirational artists globally. Find Chayan on Instagram.

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Moises Rodriguez


is an Actor, Writer, Psychologist, and Fitness Enthusiast. He has performed in several plays and monologues (Homeward LA) in both English and Spanish for CASA0101, Frida Kahlo Theater, Sacred Fools Theater, and Theater of Note among others. Moises has filmed several things that have been hardly seen by anyone, including himself. Hopefully that changes with 3F (Three Flowers), a story that spans 3 generations of gang life from the 40's to the 90s (expected in 2022). Find Moises on Instagram and Facebook.

Creative Team

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Michael J. Mejia


is a queer, Chicano playwright from Delano, California and one half of Michael-Miguel Productions. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts. He lives and works in Los Angeles in TV development for World of Wonder and remote-teaches playwriting at CSU Bakersfield. Find Michael on Instagram.

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Sydney Fitzgerald

Stage Manager, Video Editor

is grateful to bring this amazing story to light through the many roles she plays at The Wayward Artist. Sydney started at The Wayward Artist as a Resident Stage Manager and now currently works as the Company Production Manager. Sydney is also the Artistic Director at Sproutin’ Studio, a local media production company dedicated to creating content with students and young artists for auditions, reels, websites, and personal projects. 
Find Sydney on Instagram

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Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete

Director, Video Editor

is a Writer, Actor and Director working in Southern California. Born in Perú and raised in Los Angeles, she is the outcome of hard working immigrant parents who taught her to live life without fear. Past directing experiences include This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonnergan at The Complex in Los Angeles produced by Deep Blue Productions, a reading of Gargoyles by Diana Burbano as part of Project La Femme’s Page to the Stage Theater Festival at the Curtis Theatre, and multiple short theater projects for the Chicanas, Cholas, y Chisme and Teatro Frida Kahlo 10-Minute Play Festivals. She was a Semi-Finalist at The Short+Sweet Hollywood Theater Festival in 2019 with Elvia Susana Rubalcava’s short play, Apa’s Girl. Rosa collaborates on projects with Angela’s Pulse (NYC) and Casa 0101 Theater (Los Angeles). She is also co-creator for ELLAY a new independent series that will be released later this year. | Education: UC Berkeley | 

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Roberto Hernandez

Sound Designer

 has a Bachelors degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Technical Design and Production from California State University, Fullerton. He is excited to be working on his second show with The Wayward Artist. Roberto also works as a lighting assistant at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and as a stage technician at House of Blues.


Andrew McIntosh

"Sheer", Composer

Andrew McIntosh is a Los Angeles-based composer,violinist, violist, and baroque violinist who serves on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts and performs frequently as a recitalist, recording artist, and chamber musician, focusing on early and modern repertoire. Recent commissions include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry Opera Company, Calder Quartet, and Yarn/Wire.

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Ella Nelson

Assistant Stage Manager, Intern

is a junior Theater Tech major at Chapman University, with a minor in music. She primarily designs lighting and costumes, but she's excited to branch into the stage management world! Previous credits include: Lighting Designer, Dry Land and Checkmate (CU), Company (Chapman on Broadway); Assistant Lighting Designer, In the Next Room (CU); Lighting Tech, Cabaret and The Fit (SF Playhouse); Costume Crew, She Kills Monsters (CU). Upcoming projects: Lighting Designer, Spring 2021 Show (Chapman Dance Alliance), Number 143 (NY Summerfest). Find Ella on Instagram.

Thank you to our 2020-2021 donors!

The Wayward Artist could not be where it was, is, and will be without the generosity and support of our donors.

Wayward Founders


Natalie Baldwin, Brian Bates, Kristin Campbell, Alan Campbell, James Coyne, Mickey Fisher and Julie Cardia, Susan Hallman, Mitch and Anna Hanlon, Joseph and Voiza Arnold Jr., Gladys Kares, Robert Kaschak, Guy Marr, Michele Olivarez, Daniel and Melissa Pietenpol, Noel Puga, Bill Reed, James Taulli, Nancy Thomas, Jeffrey Thompson, Richard Triplett, Craig Tyrl, Ronald Tyrl, Larry and Mona Tyrl, Jim Volz, Eric and Laura Wever, Abel Zeballos

Wayward Family

DONATIONS OF $1,200-$4,999

Wayne and Debra Banwell, Brian Bates, Eric Futterer, Susan Hallman, Mitch and Anna Hanlon, Gladys Kares, Robert Kaschak, Daniel and Melissa Pietenpol, Todd Thompson, Craig Tyrl, Larry and Mona Tyrl, Ronald and Lynda Tyrl, Laura and Eric Wever, Abel Zeballos

Wayward Advocate

DONATIONS OF $500-$1,199

Bill and Annie Aulenbach, Tommie Kozlov, James Taulli, Richard Triplett

Friends of Wayward

DONATIONS OF $100-$499

Sara Bowie, Renae and Keith Boyum, Katie Chidester, Joseph Dhanens, Eric Eberwein, Roxanne Ford, Andrea Freeman, Mike Fuhr, Cindy Garcia-Bartnett, Tracey Gayer, Kathleen Gillmore, Bruce Goodrich, Jay Howland & Mark Ackerman, Connie Jones, Bobi Keenan, Emanuel Marin, Jennifer McCarty, Glenda Menges, Gretchen Morales, Gretchen Morales, Cindy O'dell, Catherine Palma, Catherine Palma, Anne Rosse, Glenda Rynn, Diane Smith, Edwin Sullivant, Matthew Takahashi, Kenneth Wyant