Meet our Tribe

Gabriela Sanchez,
Co-Artistic Director & Producer 

Gabriela inspires and supports creative innovations among art and culture organizations, artists, youth and community members, while centering the magic of collaboration and collective power. A Philadelphia native, she received a Bachelor
of Arts in Theater from Temple University. Her former leadership roles include: Director of Education at Norris Square Neighborhood Project, Cultural Enrichment and Facility Manager at Taller Puertorriqueño, and six years in residence at the Department of Recreation with Conflict Resolution Theater. As a teaching artist currently working for the Arden Theatre Company and Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Gabriela has used theatre to activate imaginations within diverse classrooms for over a decade. Gabriela is a proud recipient of the Leeway Art and Change Grant (2016, 2019), GALAEI David Acosta Revolutionary Leadership Award (2017), the Knight Foundation’s Emerging City Champions Fellowship (2018), and was a keynote speaker alongside Quiara Alegría Hudes at the 2018 Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference: Theatres of Revolution: Performance, Pedagogy, and Protest, in addition, to the plenary speaker for the 2019 Theatre Communications Group National Conference.

Erlina Ortiz
Co-Artistic Director &

Resident Playwright 

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Erlina Ortiz is a Dominican-American playwright, actor, and theatre maker from Reading, PA – now based in Philadelphia. She graduated with a BA in Theatre from Temple University (#templemade). Erlina wrote and directed Power Street Theatre Company’s first production MinorityLand, and has since had three other works developed and presented to positive reception with Power Street where she is proud to be resident playwright. Erlina is a member of The Foundry, a Philadelphia Emerging Playwrights Lab. She has received the Amtrak Writer’s residency (2016), Signal Fire Outpost Residency (2018). Her play She Wore Those Shoes had a developmental reading at Theatre Exile’s Studio X-hibition Series (2016). Most recently her play Morir Soynando (premiered with Power Street) was produced by Passage Theatre in Trenton.

Asaki Kuruma
Resident Artist

Asaki Kuruma is originally from Yokohama, Japan, and has been working professionally for over a decade collaborating with many theater companies and artists in Philadelphia area, such as Curtis Opera, Pig Iron Theater Company, and Lantern Theater Company as a stage manager, wardrobe supervisor, and performer. Asaki has been focusing on costume design since 2018-2019 season, notably for Power Street's 2018 production of Las Mujeres, when she was honored with the 2018 Surya Award by Bonaly Reviews. Other design credits are; Romeo & Juliet, Complete History of America (Abridged) (Commonwealth Classic Theater Company), Tiger Style! (Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists), Romeo & Juliet (Lantern Theater Company), and more to come! Asaki is a graduate candidate for MA in Theater, Class of 2020 at Villanova University, where she is focusing on costume design and construction, as well as production and non-profit management to serve Power Street’s mission and future dreams.

Diana Rodriguez
Resident Artist

Diana Rodriguez is an actress, costume designer and resident artist of Power Street Theatre. Best known for her portrayal of the eccentric and iconic artist Frida Khalo in Erlina Ortiz' play Las Mujeres. This Puerto Rico native has been actively working with Power Street and in Philadelphia theatre since she first moved here in 2014. You may recognize Diana from productions such as: Morir Sonyando, Shelter in Place, She Wore Those Shoes, Out of Orbit, Philly Young Playwrights’ El Jefe, One Day Old, and La Fabrica’s production of A 2.50 la Cuba Libre de Ibrahim Guerra under the direction of Jose Aviles. Most recently Diana appeared in Teatro del Sol’s production of La Gringa. Diana is grateful of the opportunities and blessings she has received from the Philadelphia theatre community and first and foremost - the Power Street family.

Anjoli Santiago
Resident Artist

Anjoli Santiago is a Temple graduate and was a successful teaching artist and actor for seven years in Philadelphia working with several theater companies in the area. She relocated to New York to be a full time Special Education teacher in the South Bronx and get her Master’s in Education from CUNY City College. Her journey then carried her to the world of non-profit education and she is proud to be an Education Coordinator with Classroom Champions. There Anjoli works to innovate programming and bring support to teachers nationwide. Working with Power Street Theater, Anjoli brings her knowledge to build and enhance the education outreach experience. You may recognize Anjoli as Sor Juana from Power Street’s Las Mujeres.

Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez
Resident Artist

Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez is a Philadelphia based actor, poet, teaching artist, and nonprofit administrator. She has worked with a variety of local theater companies such as The Wilma Theater, the Painted Bride Art Center, Azuka Theatre, The Arden Theater, Simpatico Theatre, Team Sunshine, The Foundry, and Director’s Gathering. As a resident artist of two evolving theater companies, Rachel is committed to supporting and developing new work. As an adjunct professor and teacher of non-arts majors, her mission is to use theater as a practice for students to learn to speak their truth and practice empathy. She received her Master’s from Villanova University where she was a Presidential Fellow. To learn more about Rachel check out her website at www.rachelohanlonrodriguez.com.

Krystal Rosa
Seasonal Intern

 

Krystal is very excited to be working with PowerStreet as their first ever intern!!! After she worked with Power Street's Las Mujeres as Lena, she knew she wanted to learn more about running a theatre company specifically with Power Street because it is run by Latinx artists, which isn't common in Philadelphia. Combining her love of performing arts and Latinx culture made the decision to work with Power Street a no brainer. She's thrilled to see what this chapter will bring. Since joining Power Street she has taken over social media and Assistant Stage Managed MinorityLand. To follow Krystal's artistic journey, visit krystallizzrosa.com and find her on Instagram @sometimesimkool. 

Meet the Advisory Board

We are so grateful for the support, guidance, and energy of our Advisory Board Members:

Quiara Alegría Hudes
Tamanya Garza
Donnell Powell
Pratima Agrawal
Akeem Davis
Quinn D. Eli
Adrienne Mackey
Jen Cleary