CAROLINA PILAR XIQUE
Afro-Latina Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, and Nonprofit Arts Administrator
PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR THE MUSIC CENTER AT GRAND PARK
As of late June of 2022, Carolina Pilar Xique has been invited to join The Music Center staff as Program Coordinator for Grand Park's events in the center of Downtown Los Angeles. Since her hiring, Carolina has coordinated 4 events, including jumping straight into Grand Park's annual 4th of July Block Party, which historically has hosted over 30,000 Angelenos; Sunday Sessions, Grand Park's 10th Anniversary Celebration, and Dia de los Muertos. Although this is just the beginning of her time at Grand Park and The Music Center, Carolina looks forward to contributing to lasting impact and change in the company's future.
CAC-SPONSORED WORKSHOP READING OF WILBER'S DREAM (2022) BY CAROLINA PILAR XIQUE
The California Arts Council awarded Carolina Pilar Xique with the Individual Artist Fellowship Grant of $5000 to produce the by-invitation-only workshop reading of a play written by Carolina titled "Wilber's Dream." The workshop reading was held at Thymele Arts in Hollywood on September 24th, 2022. This piece-in-progress, which is based on true life events, is about a young Cuban-Mexican woman, Camila, who gets the call that her and her sister‘s father, who has been absent most of their lives, is dying in Tucson. Camila drops everything to handle her dad‘s final rights and to try to make amends for the years lost. In her visit she discovers who her dad truly was and solves the mystery of a missing 1978 Mustang. It’s a story about generational, racial, and immigrant trauma that’s embedded in Latinidad, the capacity of familial love, and questions how far one will go to find the truth. The workshop reading included Cuban snacks and coffee, a full reading of the play, and an hour-long talkback to contribute to Carolina's second part of the writing process.
The cast for this reading included Barbara Vides, Alexis Malespin, Minerva Gracia, Julio Hanson, Ryan Virtucio, Teddy Alexis Rodriguez, Tom Trudgeon, and Stephanie Shelfer Lopez, with stage directions read by Natalia Caraballo. Directed by Celia Mandela Rivera and Stage Managed by Nico Parducho. Co-Produced by Victoria Melkonyan. Talkback Moderated by Tahirih Moeller.
Because of the California Arts Council's generosity, the workshop reading was able to pay for the venue, light snacks, and all collaborators' stipends.
LAFPI INTERVIEW: WE HAVE SPACE -- DESERT STORIES FOR LOST GIRLS (2022)
Carolina Pilar Xique serves as Communications Team Member for Los Angeles Female Playwrights' Initiative since the Summer of 2019. Her most recent interview for LAFPI, she interviewed playwright, Lily Rushing, and director, Sylvia Cervantes Blush, before the West Coast premiere of "Desert Stories for Lost Girls," produced by Native Voices, in partnership with the Latino Theatre Company. When 18-year-old Carrie moves in with her grandmother, she is thrown into a world of memory and mystery that unearths her family’s indigenous Genízaro identity — shining a light on a dark, bloody and little-known period in the history of the American Southwest.
NEGRA BY JULIO HANSON, AT THE ROBEY THEATRE COMPANY (2022)
Carolina Pilar Xique was casted in an ensemble role for the 2022 Paul Robeson Theatre Festival's staged reading of the musical "Negra" by Julio Hanson, directed by Daphnie Sicre.
Negra (named Amelia at birth) is a story about a young 17-year-old Afro-Panamanian woman coming full circle from a place of strength to defeat to inner growth. Negra’s dream of making her people proud is a journey of self-discovery colored with calypso, tropical, and Latin rhythms of the 1960s and 70s.
The cast included Alexis Malespin, Jhan Mena, Mariana Escobar, David Towne, Teddy Alexis Rodriguez, William Love Warren, Kit DeZolt, James Cane Walden, Gabrielle Okonma, Kyle Sparks, and Shavonne Grandison, with stage directions read by JC Caneda.
ISC: ART BREAK PODCAST
Created by Independent Shakespeare Company and their former Marketing Assistant, Carolina Pilar Xique, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Art Break has been a living link between Los Angeles & its theater community amidst stay-at-home orders. The podcast extends conversations about universal truths in Shakespeare's plays, theatrical performance, & relevant social issues beyond the stage, into the digital-auditory scape through storytelling, discussion, & social action. As theater’s societal role has been forced to be reimagined during the pandemic, how have our priorities change as theatre-makers? How can we serve the LA community when we’re forced to stay apart? How can we incorporate renewed values of holistic accessibility & social justice into this new era? This podcast has posed these questions and so much more.
CHIU'S HAUNTED DRIVE-THRU (2020)
Created by Pier's End Productions, Chiu's Haunted Drive-Thru was a COVID-safe, family-friendly 2020 Halloween event that brought spirit of Halloween to the safety of your car. The Drive-Thru performances took place at 3 residences, narrating fictional horrors that have taken place in the Long Beach community. Carolina Pilar Xique co-produced the event with her team at Streamlight Theatre Co. The 6-day event sold out, and was covered by both the Long Beach Post and LA Times en Espanol.