Our People

  • Governing Board
  • Staff
  • Former Board Members
  • Production Ensemble
  • Interns

Governing Board

Levi Aliposa President

Levi started his theater acting in the Philippines in the late 80’s during his student activism years. He believes that through theater arts a social transformation could be reached to a broader audience. He is one of the founding members of Pintig Cultural in 1991. He is a mental health counselor by profession. Email Levi

Christy Aliposa Secretary

Christy has been an active volunteer for CIRCA Pintig since 2005. She is nurse by profession and works at Rush Hospital. Email Christy

Ted Kirpach, Treasurer

Divine Calo

Divine is long time volunteer since the early formation years of Pintig Cultural Group. She has performed both off stage and on stage production work for the last 23 years. She works for MB Financial Corporation as a Customer Relations Officer.

Jerry Clarito

Jerry is a founding member of AFIRE and currently serves as its Executive Director. He has been involved in community organizing in the Philippines and in the US for decades. He has helped co-found other community organizations and has served in numerous nonprofit boards such as the Crossroads Fund. He was one of the key organizers of the campaign for the historic passage of the Veterans Equity Bill for Filipino WWII veterans. He also currently serves as a Commissioner of the Skokie Park District. .

Anna Guevarra, PhD

Anna is the Director of the Asian American Studies Program and Associate Professor in Asian American Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies and Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is author of the book “Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes: The Transnational Labor Brokering of Filipino Workers” as well as of numerous scholarly articles on labor and gender studies.

Abbey Eusebio

Abbey serves as a Constituent Advocate for U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky and directly assists constituents of the Ninth Congressional District with the issues they have at various federal agencies. In this position, she also is one of the Congresswoman’s Asian Liaisons representing the Congresswoman at events in the Asian American community. Abbey serves as the Chair of the Illinois Chapter of The National Federation of Filipino American Associations and is a member of the board of directors for the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE). She is also a member of the board for the nonprofit organization, Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE), which is a community resource group that builds strong foundations for young children through access to high quality early education and family support, especially to single parents. She received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she majored in English and minored in Spanish. 



Angela Mascarenas, PhD, Executive Director

Angela is one of the founders of Pintig Cultural Group (1991) and CIRCA (2001). She received her doctorate degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her scholarly work focused on social movements, race & ethnic relations, and cultural organizing. Her article entitled “Marching in March: Early Participation in Chicago’s Immigrant Mobilizations”, co-written with Prof Cedric Herring, appears in a recently released book “Reinventing Race, Reinventing Racism” from Brill Press. Angela is also the Board member of the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) Email Angela

Past Community Board Members

Ginger Leopoldo Community Outreach

Ginger is an actor, director, educator and a founding member of CIRCA Pintig. She received her MA in theater from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is formerly a coach for public school teachers through a nonprofit that engages at-risk youth with arts-based literacy programs. Email Ginger

Daisy Castro Production Management

Daisy is long time artist-teacher for CIRCAPInitg. She was an resident theater artist of the comedy sketch group Stir Friday Night.

Flor Clarito Finance Director

Flor is a founding member of AFIRE. She has been active in community organizing for many years. She currently works as an accountant in a nonprofit organization. Flor has been an active member of the Skokie Festival of Culture Planning Committee.

Ruth & Heman Ezra

Heman & Ruth Ezra have served Circa-Pintig as board members since 2001. Heman is a Home Health Physical Therapist. Ruth works as a Service Operations Specialist in an Insurance company.

P. Emraida Kiram, PhD

Emraida is a Muslim Princess from Mindanao, Philippines. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is the chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations, and serves as president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Filipino-American National Historical Society.

Baron Cabalona Community Board Member

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Louella Maningas Cabalona Community Board Member

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Ramona Kwye Community Board Member

Ramona is an actor, born and raised in Chicago. She joined CIRCA Pintig as a Community Board member, helping as well as acting in events and performances. She is a graduate of Columbia College with a B.A. in Theater. Email Ramona

Gustavo Ott Community Board Member

At the age of eight, Gustavo Lucian Ott moved from Chicago to Switzerland. He lived there for ten years and learned German, Swiss German and French. He participated in many theatre projects of his mother’s (Edessa Ramos, co-founder of Pintig) Zurich based theatre group, Bridges, raising awareness on racial issues and Filipino culture. Once he proudly completed his duties to the Swiss Army, he continued his college studies in Chicago and re-joined CIRCA Pintig. Email Gustvao

Former Executive Board Members

Divine Calo
Giau Truong, Artistic Director
Louie Sison, Managing Director
Daisy Castro, Training Director
Louie Pascasio, Development Director
Joanah Torre, Community Outreach

Former Advisory Board Members

Jerry Clarito
Steve James, Chair
Patti Encarnacion
Estrella Alamar
Jerry Miller
Caroline Arvis
Jacel Parrish

Production Ensemble

Riza Belen.

Riza is one of the original founders of Pintig Cultural Group. She has served as Executive Director during the organization’s early formation and continues to take part in pursuing a vision for a more engaged community theater. She returns to acting after long years of absence in Scent of Home, a trilogy.

Adriana Cardona-Maguigad. Adriana’s deep love for the performing arts is what inspired her to go back to the stage after her 2008 performance in Bien Educadas, a play about teenage girls in Catholic schools. Back then Adriana was part of a small community theater group in Chicago’s South Side. As a child and adolescent, Adriana was an active member of several theater groups in Medellin, Colombia, where she is originally from. Productions include Short Acts and Looking for Darna.
Joey Flores. Joey is one of CIRCA Pintig’s long-time resident artist-performers whose acting talent continues to shine in whatever role she portrays. She started performing for the organization in early 2000. Productions include Sister Outlaw, Dreamweavers, Short Acts and Silencing Stigma.
Mary Ann de la Cruz. Mary Ann stared with Pintig in 1995 in Scenes from an Unfinished Country by Chris Millado. She is an experienced theater actress and is last seen in Steppenwolf’s stage adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore. She has also performed for the Goodman Theatre. She is flexing her creative muscles as a director for The Day the Dancers Came scheduled to open in mid June for Scent of Home, a trilogy.
Crystle Dino. Crystle, a Pinay Chicago native, is guided by her passions and is rooted in her cultural upbringings. She graduated as a POSSE Scholar from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Art and has since then been training, creating, and performing different works of art in Chicago. She continues to develop herself as a youth arts facilitator, cultural worker, dancer, and visual and performance artist. She is currently a member of Chicago’s Filipino art collective- Escolta Street Snatcher’s Social Club- where members bring light to memories by reconnecting, empowering, and healing the identity of the [email protected] Self. Productions include Short Acts III and No Papers, No Fears.
Leo Dave Garcia. Born and raised in the Philippines, Dave migrated to the US in 1995 and discovered his love of music. He loves performing and singing and acts as the Frontman of Soulgreed Band. He finds himself most expressive doing hard rock music. He was last seen playing multiple roles in Allos, the other half of the two-one acts featured in Migrant Diaries.
George Infantado. George is a native Chicagoan that graduated with a BA in Theatre from Ripon College. Previous credits include 6 Characters in Search of an Author by Mental Notion Society by Stage 773, Short Acts and Mr. and Mrs. LaQuesta Go Dancing (CIRCApintig), My Asian Mom (A-Squared Theatre Workshop), Almost, Maine (DT Productions) and El Stories (Waltzing Mechanics). George is also an Artistic Ensemble Member of Other World Theatre.
Larry Leopoldo. Larry is an actor-playwright who joined Pintig Cultural Group’s initial production of Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart in 1992. He has written for Short Acts and adapted three of Bienvenido Santos’ short stories now part of Scent of Home scheduled to open in mid June, 2014.
Angeline Mascarenas.

Angeline, also known as Gigi to her friends and family, started as a youth performer during the early years of CIRCA. She has matured into a fine actress and is happy to explore other areas of theatre production. She’s grateful that CIRCA Pintig has provided a much needed space and opportunity while on a journey to figure out what passions she would like to pursue.

Michaelle Pureza. Michaelle joined Pintig in 1997 as the nationalist priest in Bells of Balangiga, the musical. Other production credits include Nanay Isog and her Children, Alamat and The Day the Dancers Came. He is now based in Connecticut but is soon returning to Chicago in mid June to reprise a role he performed eight years ago in Scent of Home, a trilogy.
Raffy Serrano. Raffy first appeared as young Ochas in Alamat in 2004. Raffy is thankful to be alive during our time when same-sex marriage is becoming legalized. He is a physical therapist by profession but finds his creative angst in theater. He was seen last in Short Acts III.
Annamarie Tabo. Annamarie was born and raised in the north side of Chicago. She has trained in numerous dance forms including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and mainly Latin ballroom. At the U of I- Urbana-Champaign, where she studied Communication, she danced with Dance 2xs Caliente, a Latin dance troupe that she also artistically directed in her junior and senior year. She now does print-modeling and still actively pursues different roles in which she can express herself artistically.


SONY DSCRJ Silva Website/Graphics Designer

RJ Silva, a Metro Manila native, and a theatre and sociology graduate of Loyola University Chicago. He has performed for many theatres in Chicago such as Emerald City Theatre Company, A-Squared Theatre, Project 891 Theatre, and productions in Loyola. performance throughout the city. Email RJ

Albert Aba

Born and raised in San Jose, California, Albert Aba grew up with a tenacious eye for aesthetics. He is now a senior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Anthropology. Albert joined the CIRCA-Pintig family with interests in understanding the way art can be used to tell the narratives of immigrant experiences. He has hopes in servicing the Philippines through youth and community development and plans to continue his education in graduate school. Email Albert

Lauren Bohonsua

Lauren is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of CIRCA PINTIG! Lauren has always had an incredible appreciation for the arts. For her high school, she has also done ballroom dancing and Tari Saman (an Indonesian hand dance). Lauren also performs Filipino traditional dances for her church’s Simbang Gabi every year. She loves being able to experience the performing arts’ stage in a whole different light. She was sound operator for Migrant Diaries.


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