Cast and Crew
An L.A. based actor, who has performed with Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, Casa 0101, Frida Kahlo Theatre, Teatro de las Americas and Short+Sweet Latino Theatre Festival. This year Armando returns to theatre in Spanish with the So. Cal tour of “Ay Mujer, Me Estas Matando” playing the lead. In San Jose, CA he performed with Teatro Vision in Bless Me, Ultima (Rudolfo Anaya), in San Francisco, CA performances include, Brava Theater in 12 Angry Men (Juror #3), Thick House Theater in Cloud Tectonics (Anibal), AlterTheater in Two Sisters and a Piano (Lt. Portuondo), in Santa Rosa, CA as Juan Julian at 6th Street’s Playhouse Anna in the Tropics . In Canada, at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Night of the Iguana co-production with Rubicon Theatre Company. Armando was Associate Producer/Asst. Director to Bruno Bichir in the play eXtras at Rubicon Theatre Company in L.A. starring Bruno and Odiseo Bichir. Recently toured with his one man show Men on the Verge of a His-panic Breakdown.
In film and tv. Recently played the lead in the short film Diablo which earned him a Best Actor Award from the L.A. Shorts Awards and a Best Actor Nomination from the North Hollywood Cinefest Film Festival. The film was also nominated for Best Short at the Imagen Awards and made it into the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. Appeared in Univision’s Spanish novela “Te Amaré en Silencio”, and has had successful career in TV Commercials. He set to star in the feature film “Aguijon” in pre-production.
Armando was named one of the 25 most influential people in the Los Angeles LGBTQ Latino Community by Adelante Magazine.For Armando, being the voice of Henry Rios is a dream come true and is very excited for this project.
Cameron La Brie
Hugh Paris, Rios’s lover (episodes 1-7)
Cameron La Brie is a San Francisco based performer, and is very excited to be debuting in radio theatre as Hugh Paris in Lay Your Sleeping Head by Michael Nava. The bulk of Cameron’s acting is on stage in musicals and plays. In addition to Lay Your Sleeping Head, he is currently working with 42nd Street Moon in their production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Credits include the Boy (Matt) in The Fantasticks with Landmark Musical Theatre, Bobby in Saturday Night with 42nd Street Moon, the Emcee in Cabaret with Contra Costa Civic Theatre, and Heathers: The Musical with BareStage Productions. Please visit cameronlabrie.com for booking and more information on his current and upcoming projects.
Russell’s recent directing credits include La Cage Aux Folles, The Full Monty, and Becoming Walt Whitman at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa and the premier of Nonna and the Dress Maker at Altarena Playhouse in Alameda . His new play, Paternity, was commissioned to be part of It’s All Relative, also at 6th Street. He also directed critically acclaimed productions of Bent, ‘Night Mother, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart. Russell began his career in New York where he received his MFA in Theater Directing from Brooklyn College.
Aaron Gold, Rios’s best friend (episodes 2 and 4)
Dene is thrilled to be part of Michael Nava’s “Lay Your Sleeping Head” podcast as Aaron Gold. Dene is an official LCTC Company Member, part of The Dark Room/Dreams on the Rocks Productions for several seasons and shows, and he originated the role of Saffron Monsoon in San Francisco’s “Absolutely Fabulous: Live,” which he performed for three + years at StageWerx, The Exit, and at SF Oasis. Rumour has it that it’s going to be back this Fall at SF Oasis. Dene wishes to thank Michael, Debi, his family and friends – specifically mum, Bird, and Kevin – for their continued support.
Frances Kelley, Rios’s supervisor (episode 2)
Forged in the crucible of improvisational theater at a young age, Debi has performed with every improv group known to Man in the Bay Area, beginning with The Committee, Spaghetti Jam, Femprov, The Comedy Underground, The National Theater of the Deranged, Papaya Juice, The Dinosaurs of Improv, the Marsh Jam and is currently one third of The Bad Aunties.
Blessed with a background in legitimate theater, Debi has been able to straddle both worlds, spending the last 30 years improvising in clubs all over this Blue Ball and has recently began trodding the boards again. Summer of 2014 found her playing the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet with the Marin Shakespeare Company. She was awarded the BATCC Award for her role in Cymbeline, also with Marin Shakespeare Company. She is a director, having helmed productions of Bullshot Crummond, Noises Off, The Sunshine Boys, Father of the Bride, and It Can’t Happen Here coming in October for the Pacifica Spindrift Players. She produces San Francisco’s Comedy Celebration Day and The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show. Film work includes 3 voices in Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.
Dave spent his early years playing synthesizers in the Hollywood rock club scene in the 80’s and has many years of experience on the technical side of the industry, working with a long list of high-tech pro audio equipment designers and manufacturers. He produces original electronic music as well as the occasional film score or music score for live theater productions.
More info: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-peck-59141755/
Josh DeRosa is a composer, songwriter, vocalist and multi instrumentalist. His experience includes projects with various publishing establishments, film directors and advertisement companies. Known for his ability to set a musical mood in a timely manner and for interpretation of emotion throughout his music. DeRosa works in his studio in Atlanta, GA.
Ted Zoldan is an Actor, Director and Writer based in the bay area. Favorite roles include Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Town Hall Theater), The Cop in Middletown (Custom Made Theater), Kirby Witt in the original cast of The Speakeasy (Boxcar), Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods (Ray Of Light Theatre), Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Shakespeare at the Club), Iro in The Return of Ulysses (West Edge Opera) and Jim Currie in 110 in the Shade (Cinnabar Theater).. He has directed for San Francisco Pocket Opera, Waffle Opera, Hot Air Music Festival and University of Southern Florida. He is a proud graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Douglas B. Giorgis
Douglas B. Giorgis has performed on stages across the country from Off-Broadway (La Mama, Musicals Tonight!) and Indie Theatres (Retro Productions Company Member, Boomerang) in New York, to Regional Houses (San Diego Rep., Barnstormers-NH, Alliance Theatre-GA, Arizona Theatre Co-AZ) and local companies (Marin Theatre Co, San Jose Rep, Aurora, 42nd St. Moon, a 3 Girls Theatre Resident Artist and a PlayGround Company Member). www.douglasgiorgis.com
Scarlett Hepworth is an award-winning Bay Area actress who has been seen on numerous stages in the area. She most recently played “Fräulein Schneider” in Cabaret at Contra Costa Civic Theater in 2017. She will soon be acting as music director for a production of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, opening this December. She makes her living as a private vocal music teacher at her studio in El Cerrito.
Justin Patrick Lopez
Justin is thrilled to be a part of the “Lay Your Sleeping Head” podcast! Justin recently made his acting debut, appearing as Greg in Theatre Rhinoceros’s production of The Boy From Oz. Justin is also a proud member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. He appears in several concerts with the chorus year-round, and has been a featured speaker for chorus outreach events around the Bay Area.
Bobby Singer is honored to voice the character of John Smith in Michael Nava’s podcast of ‘Lay Your Sleeping Head’. His eclectic experience performing in Bay Area Community Theater includes the Thrilpeddler’s revivals of the Cockette’s ‘Hot Greeks’ and ‘Pearls Over Shanghai,’ Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzancce’ and ‘HMS Pinafore’, (Ross Valley Players), and Yeomen of the Guard (Lyric Theater) the musicals ‘1776’ and ‘Into The Woods’ (NDNU’s Onstage Musical Arts) and ‘Kiss Me, Kate (Marin Musical Theater Company.) He recently sang in the ensemble of SF Pocket Opera’s production of ‘La Rondine.’ Next up, ‘The Music Man’ with Pacifica Spindrift Players. Bobby would like to express his gratitude to Michael Nava for this opportunity.
Stewart Slater has narrated for symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles and individual artists, as well as providing voiceovers for musical theatres, symphony promotions, political campaigns, award shows and sporting events. His work experience includes multiple years with San Jose’s Symphony Silicon Valley (VP of Operations), American Musical Theatre of San Jose (President/Executive Producer), and American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco (General Manager) as well as a theatre and tech consultant.
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