January 14, 2022   by NYTW

This summer we had the pleasure of welcoming back two former 2050 Administrative Fellows as full-time staff! As we brave the cold of winter, enjoy this throwback Community Spotlight featuring our Marketing Associate, Uno Servida and our Artistic Coordinator, Leo Angulo.

What was your position as a Fellow and what is your new position at the Workshop?

UNO: I was the Marketing Fellow for the 2019/20 season and now I’m the Marketing Associate, Digital Content Creation. Say that title ten times fast! I’m currently NYTW’s in-house graphic designer, video editor and social media coordinator. If you’ve ever wondered who the anonymous admin is behind our social media channels, it’s me. Feel free to DM and say hi!

LEO: I was the Artist Workshop Fellow, working closely with the artistic department supporting our readings and workshop programming, our residencies and the department as a whole. Now, I’m the Artistic Coordinator. The role is newly created, which is exciting because it means we can sort of build it out as we go. I’ll now be coordinating many of the same programs I worked on as an Admin Fellow while also managing the departmental budget and bolstering our literary department and work.

What is your first memory of going to the theatre or how did you fall in love with theatre?

UNO: As a pre-teen, I vividly remember saying, “Theatre is so stupid,” to my friends before ever seeing a play or musical. It was only a few months later when I saw a touring production of My Fair Lady in Boston that I finally understood the appeal. Seeing the spectacle of live theatre for the first time instantly hooked me. Since then, I’ve had theatre in my life and I’m very fortunate to work in this industry now. Pre-teen me would be laughing at current me right now.

LEO: I acted in a sixth-grade production of The Christmas Carol, and I just loved the spectacle that came with being in the play: the costumes, the makeup (I was a ghost!) and the scenery. I more seriously fell in love with theatre in high school as I got the chance to act, write and direct for several different projects.

What is one of your favorite memories at NYTW?

UNO: At one of NYTW’s staff parties in 2019, someone broke out a Shakespeare-themed puzzle as a casual activity to do. Emphasis on casual activity. It was also a ridiculous size, like 1500 pieces. Many people worked on this puzzle throughout the evening and by party’s end around 8PM, the puzzle was around halfway complete. Leo, myself, and former Producing Fellow Justin stayed at the office to continue working on the puzzle for fun. Well, we blinked and it was midnight. We ended up finishing the puzzle and, as our victory lap, we sent a group selfie with our masterpiece to the entire staff at midnight.

LEO: There are honestly way too many to pick just one, so a quick list: The Winter Party, the first outing the 2019/20 Admin Fellows had in our first week, the Gala, weekly artistic meetings, Slave Play Broadway Opening, Los Tacos No. 1 with my fellow Fellow and spotlight sharer Uno, becoming close with the Artistic Fellows cohort, et cetera, et cetera.

What is a piece of art that is currently inspiring you?

UNO: For me, something about the easy, feel-good TV shows like Ted Lasso and Schmigadoon (both on Apple TV+ coincidentally) have been keeping me going. It’s been healthy for me to enjoy and consume art that’s not always deep after enduring the past year and a half. Wait, do TikToks also count as art?

LEO: I’m currently reading through Frank Herbert’s Dune in anticipation of the Denis Villeneuve film coming out next month, and I love it so far! I’ve also had Lorde’s new album Solar Power on repeat since it came out a few weeks ago. Other than that, I’m trying to see as much theatre as possible in the coming weeks; the fact that everyone is doing their best to make a strong yet safe return to in-person theatre is so, so inspiring.

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