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EMERGE: Unveiling the Truth Within Us

In a powerful multicultural exchange, American Laboratory Theatre proudly presents the following directors and instructors:

José Domingo Garzón

International Guest Director & Cinematographer


Educator, award-winning playwright, author, and theatre director, Mr. Garzón has nearly a half-century of experience in theatre and the performing arts. Mr. Garzón has served in several key fine arts roles in Bogotá, Colombia, including the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University Vice Chancellor and Rector Management for the National Pedagogical University. He is also a founding member of the training school of Teatro Libre in Colombia and co-author of the Degree of Performing Arts at the National Pedagogical University. Mr. Garzón is currently a Professor of Fine Art at the National Pedagogical University.

Pavel Antonov

International Photographer


Pavel Antonov, is a Russian/American photographer based in New York, who among many, is currently working as a fashion photographer for Conde NastPublications (covers and features in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Haprer’s Bazaar, ELLE, Marie Claire, New York times, Women's Wear Daily, DNR, FN, Time Out New York.) Beyond the commercial photography, Pavel is one of the world's most unique masters of theatre photography. Pavel worked with directors like Jerzy Grotowski,  Ingmar Bergman, is a frequent photographer at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, St. Ann's Warehouse and many New York theaters; he is a frequent collaborator with the avant-garde directorRobert Wilsonsince 2001. As a celebrity photographer, Pavel's most famed project was a Vanity Fair special feature edition “Subject as Star” produced by Robert Wilson, with portrait series of celebrities like Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Winona Ryder. 


Over the past 30 years Pavel's solo exhibits spanned from Moscow to Zurich to New York. His recent multimedia event by Troika MultiArt "City Of Sand" with Pavel's unique vision of Burning Man in Moscow, Russia attracted attention from national media with current plans for a tour in China and Europe. A selection of these works was recently published as part of Wild Art, published by Joachim Pissarro and David Carrie.

Fernando Ángel Llera Rodríguez

International Director, Commedia dell'arte


Spaniard Director and Professor, Fernando Ángel Llera Rodríguez (Nando Llera), became a Superior Graduate in Dramatic Art for the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático of Málaga (Spain) and makes the Curso de Aptitud Pedagógica for the Universidad of Málaga. He continues his academic career getting the Master in Scenic Arts for the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid and obtaining a Doctorate in Sciences of the Education for the University of Santiago de Compostela.


His research is centered in the Commedia dell'arte, taking part in different courses and Stages, like the Scuola Internazionale dell'attore Comico de Antonio Fava (Reggio Emilia, Italy), in the Laboratory Internazionale della Maschera of Amleto & Donato Sartori (Padua, Italy), in the Academie Internationel das Arts du Spectacle of Carlo Boso (Paris, France) and with grand masters as Dario Fo, Enrico Bonavera, Claudia Contin and Ferrucio Merisi, among others. 


Since 2008, Nando Llera teaches Interpretation, specializing in Commedia dell’Arte in the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramática of Galicia.

Ximena Velásquez Sánchez

International Guest Director & Visual Designer


Ms. Velásquez Sánchez is a graduate of the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. With specialties in History and Modern and Contemporary Art Theory from the Universidad de los Andes, Ms. Velásquez Sánchez holds a Master’s Degree in Plastic and Visual Arts from the Colombian National University and is currently a tenured instructor, professor, and coordinator of photography in the Art Department at the Pontificia University Javeriana.

Alejandra Guarin Gutiérrez

International Guest Director & Physical Movement Instructor


With nearly two decades of professional experience in the performing arts, Ms. Guarin Gutiérrez holds a Master’s Degree in Drama from Central University – Teatro Libre, Bogotá, Colombia and has worked as an instructor and performer in Europe, South America and the United States. Ms. Guarin Gutiérrez is currently a physical movement instructor at Central University/Teatro Libre de Bogotá, Colombia.

Jesús Quintero

International Director & American Laboratory Theatre Founder


Educated as an Actor at the renowned Teatro Libre of Bogotá, Colombia. Mr. Quintero has international experience as an educator, producer, performer and theatre director on three continents and in more than 10 countries around the world. Mr. Quintero served as the theatre arts training director, summer camp director, and a performer with the Miami Theatre Center from 2005 to 2011. 


An active member of Actors’ Equity Association in the USA, he is the program faculty manager and theatre department director at Monarch School in Heron, Montana, USA, as well as Spanish teacher and acting coach at the Sandpoint Waldorf School in Sandpoint, Idaho, USA. 


Mr. Quintero is the current Artistic Director of the American Laboratory Theatre, a company that started as The JQ Studio in 2005.

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