Herbert Siguenza is currently the Playwright in Residence for the San Diego Repertory Theatre thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Herbert is also a founding member of the performance group CULTURE CLASH. For twenty years Herbert and Culture Clash created a series of plays based off oral histories of residents from different neighborhoods throughout America.
As a solo writer and performer Mr. Siguenza has produced Cantinflas! , A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, Steal Heaven , El Henry (Best new play San Diego Critics Circle Award 2014), Manifest Destinitis, Beachtown and Bad Hombres/Good Wives for the San Diego Rep.
Mr. Siguenza is also an accomplished visual artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has a BFA in printmaking from the California College of Arts, Oakland, California. TV and Film credits: “Ben Ten Alien Swarm” for the Cartoon Network, “Larry Crowne” feature film directed by Tom Hanks. His voice was prominently featured in Pixar’s 2017 Oscar winning animation feature, “Coco”.
Josie ,Talamantez Chicano Park Steering Committee Member
Josephine S. Talamantez (Chicana/Yaqui) is an Organizational Management, Public Policy and Governmental Relations consultant with a specialization in Arts, History and Cultural Public Programming, Historic Preservation, Cultural Resource Management and Public History. Founder and Board Chair—Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center (CPM www.chicanoparkmuseum.com) San Diego, CA; Board Chair—Capitol Area Indian Resources, Inc. (CAIR) Sac. CA; Former Chief of Programs/ Legislative Liaison, California Arts Council, a State agency; Executive Director, La Raza/Galeria Posada-Sac, CA and Centro Cultural de la Raza-San Diego—nonprofit arts organizations, CA; Past executive board member, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC); and Founding member of Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC) a national organization. Executive Board member for Alliance of California Traditional Arts (ACTA.) She has served as an Advisor to the California Office of Historic Preservation for the development of the Ca. Latino American Theme Study and Multiple Property Registration Form (MPRF.) Co-founder—Chicano Park & Chicano Park Steering Committee (CPSC), and member of the Royal Chicano Air force (RCAF). She authored Chicano Park and the Chicano Park Monumental Mural’s successful National Register nomination and co-authored its National Landmark nomination. And for close to 30 years she worked with her late artist husband, Armando R. Cid, leading multidisciplinary arts workshops and conducting traditional family altar making for the observance of Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. She has a Master degree in History focusing the Chicano civil rights era and on public history programming.