Perth Amboy made me, New York raised me, Washington Heights saved me and now the Bronx loves me. I am of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent – and very proud of it coño!
At age 14, I began performing with a hip hop/salsa dance troupe and by the time I was 18 had participated in numerous semi¬-professional dance performances and competitions including Amateur Night at the famous Apollo Theater. Not to mention I was a highly sought after choreographer from the ages of 15 – 18 for tons of local sweet 16’s (a big deal for a boy with a dream at that time).
After moving to New York City in 2005, with no formal training in anything related to theater, I began acting and writing for an OFF OFF OFF Broadway urban sketch comedy troupe. We were like "In Living Color" but better and I was like JLO but better...or so I thought. During my stint with the group, I grew a tremendous amount both personally and creatively. From my acting technique, to my play-writing skills, to developing my “style” of comedy, I just flourished.
In 2007, I ventured off on my own to write, produce and direct my first play called ‘FRiENDAMiGO’ about a group of gay friends from Washington Heights. I took what I knew about being gay and Dominican and created a laugh out loud comedy experience for my audience. However, after a few shows in 2008, I stopped doing anything related to theater because I wanted to focus on becoming a better person (THANK YOU OPRAH).
In 2013 I returned to theater by bringing ‘FRiENDAMiGO’ back bigger and better. It was the best move ever because since then I’ve worked non-stop on my other pieces like, DRUNK ON LOVE: A One-Man Variety Show, POETR+OMEDY: A One-Man Dramedy and The Cruising Monologues, a play about cruising for sex.
When I’m not writing, I continue to dance salsa. Sometimes I get paid to perform, sometimes I do it for free, but compensation aside, I continue to dance because I really enjoy it. Many say I am good enough to do it professionally but I prefer to focus on my writing and everything that comes along with it.
In the end, nothing I do creatively is ever about the money. Would I like to make a living doing what I love? Of course! Will I? Who knows, but I am going to continue doing ma’ thang in hopes that one day I will be blessed enough to turn my passion for it into some serious prosperity.
Sunday, September 6, 2015 - The Annual New York International Salsa Congress
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - RAW Presents: BOLD
For previous performances see the projects tab above.
Check out my 2015 BRIO AWARD for Spoken Word.