The Cast of GHOST DANCER
Reza Salazar (Lazaro) started his career out of a necessity to survive when he was only six years old. His single mother, being torn between the need to work and the desire to stay with his son, created a clown show called Honey and Bingo and gave Reza his first acting role. They traveled through five different countries in South America performing on street corners, hospitals, schools, and kids birthday parties. When he was thirteen years old, his mother decided to move to the U.S in search of a better future. In high school, Reza kept on molding his craft despite the language barrier and a few years later he moved to New York to continue his journey as an actor. His first major role was as a guest star on Law and Order. He also starred on the Spanish series Nuestro Barrio, Law and Order CI, Honey Please, the comedy TV show Louie and the Independent film The Imperialists Are Still Alive. Favorite theater credits include: Sonnets For An Old Century, Speak Truth To Power (with playwright Ariel Dorfman), Marco and In the Cypher. He and his girlfriend founded the LIPENEX Arts Project and wrote, produced and performed their first piece at the United Nations. He is a proud member of the Peoples Theater Project in Washington Heights and In the Cypher Educational Program. He loves getting involved with different organizations that are actively creating a transformation in our communities such as R.evolucion Latina where he taught clowning to over sixty kids, The Brooklyn Academy of Music where he has been invited as a guest artist teacher, and Sure We Can an NGO designed to help city canners. You can see him soon in the upcoming romantic comedy See Girl Run, Directed by Nate Meyer.
ROSIE LANI FIEDELMAN (Rosaria) from Breckenridge, Colorado graduated as part of the first class from the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program. Ms. Fiedelman has performed with Chet Walker, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Mark Stuart Dance Theater, Calvin Wiley Dance Theater, Subtle Changes and Camille A. Brown. She has worked with Kevin Iega Jeff, Roger C. Jeffrey and as his assistant 2C Ronald K. Brown, Darrell Moultrie, John Paollilo, and David Moore and appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly. She was an original cast member of the four-time Tony Award-winning and 2008 Grammy Award-winning musical In The Heights, where she made her Broadway debut. She also earned the 2006-07 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance off Broadway and the 2007-08 Outstanding Broadway Chorus Award from The Actors' Equity Association. She has danced with Jennifer Muller/The Works since 2003. Ms. Fiedelman has travelled with the company to Thailand, Bolivia, China, where she taught a master class to the Beijing Dance/LDTX modern dance company and most recently Fortaleza, Brazil.
Luis Salgado (Francisco) Broadway Credits includes Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Malik), 4 time Tony Award winning show In The Heights (Jose) and served as the Latin Assistant Choreographer. He has also performed in shows such as The Mambo Kings (Frankie Suarez), Fame on 42nd Street (Joe Vegas u/s), and Aida, among others. Film Credits include: "Step Up 2 The Streets" (Alejandro), "Enchanted", "Across the Universe", "The Great Observer," and "Dirty Dancing 2: Havanna Nights." Luis choreographed the musicals Serenade (Hola award for choreography), Salsa Gorda, Shafrika The White Girl and the world premier of DC-7 The Roberto Clemente Story, currently performing at Teatro SEA. Luis recently returned from Peru where he directed the musical event Candela Fuerza y Pasión. Luis is the founder/director of the non-profit organization R.Evolución Latina, a collective of artists and activists committed to empowering the artistic community in order to inspire growth within the Latino Community through collaboration, productions, and educational support programs. For more information visit www.luissalgado.com
Leajato Amara Robinson (Hector) A.E.A. member, graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and graduate of The Juilliard School B.F.A. in Dance. Has studied under Terry Schreiber and Penny Templeton at both T. Schreiber and Templeton studios. Credits NYC:"The Changing Room" Gloria Maddox Theater "Fire Throws"(Antigone) 3LD. Regional; "Where I Come From" Kentucky Repertory Thtr., "Crazy For You" North Shore Music Thtr., "Dreamgirls and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes "Gateway Playhouse, "Annie Get Your Gun" North Carolina Thtr., Leading Player in "Pippin" The Depot Theater, "The Old Man and the Sea" in created role of "Cinefuegos" Long Wharf Theater. Psalm18:1-3
Jorge Acosta (Uncle Luis) is an actor, singer, director, and teacher entering his 28th year as a freelance theatre professional during the run of GHOST DANCER. Brand new to New York, Acosta has been seen as Manolo in 167 TONGUES, Jose in THE GUEST, The Red King in ALICE, A NEW MUSICAL, Father Caruso in TRANSUBSTANTIATION, Juan in DANIEL, and Brian in THE SHADOW BOX. Mr. Acosta has several commercials playing all over the country in Spanish and English television, and recently made his network TV debut in 30 ROCK where he had the distinct pleasure of yelling at Tina Fey in Spanish (She yelled right back - also in Spanish). Regional credits include THE FROGS, EVITA, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ANNA IN THE TROPICS, MAN OF LA MANCHA, WAITING FOR GODOT, HAMLET, LOVE'S LABOURS LOST, LEND ME A TENOR and ROMEO AND JULIET. Directing credits include 9 PARTS OF DESIRE, BOY GETS GIRL, THE MERRY WIDOW, WEST SIDE STORY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST and THE LARAMIE PROJECT. Jorge is a proud member of Actors Equity Association (since 1986) and is profoundly grateful to work in the theatre. This performance is dedicated to my father. Papi Te quiero y me quedo corto.
Arturo Castro was born in Guatemala but moved to New York at age 19 to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in over a dozen professional stage productions including the Pulitzer prize nominated Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue with the Luna Stage Theater Company, the award winning comedy Handball with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, a lead role in the Process Group's production of Population 8 which ran at the Soho Playhouse and most recently starred in Midnight Mass, produced by Apple Core Theater at Theater Row. He has a strong supporting role, playing opposite Ben Gazzara, Talia Shire and Vinnie Pastore in the Independent feature film: Looking for Palladin. He has the lead role in the short film Taught To Hate which has been accepted into the Academy Award Short Film Competition. His television credits include 8 national commercials, the PBS series We are New York, and the upcoming Sci Fi network pilot Expiration Date.
Lilia Vassilevas past productions include THE REAL THING (Annie), STOP KISS (Callie), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Laura), TWELFTH NIGHT (Olivia), and THE SEAGULL (Masha). She received her MFA from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she also taught acting and voice and speech. She currently studies with Bill Esper. She grew up internationally, living in both Bulgaria and Nigeria, and constantly looks forward to the next journey.
Leajato Amara Robinson
Rosie Lani Fiedelman