Who?

Mauricio Pita is a bilingual actor, director, and producer, who is currently serving as Community Programs Manager for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

 

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Mauricio started performing at the age of 10 in regional singing competitions. In the early 2000s, he moved to the United States to pursue a career in the arts. His early breakthrough roles include the Bridegroom in the 2013 New York stage production of Blood Wedding by Federico García Lorca, which earned him a nomination for Best Male Breakthrough Performance from the New York ACE (Asociación de Cronistas de Espectaculos de Nueva York/New York Entertainment Journalists Association).  He continued his stage career with multiple collaborations with Repertorio Español, Superhero Clubhouse, The Bushwick Starr, Columbia University, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Theater 167, Studio Theatre and The Kennedy Center.

 

In 2015, Mauricio was featured in the film You, Me, Bathroom, Sex, Now directed by Francisco Lupini.  The film became an official selection at the Festival de Cannes and went on to receive multiple awards in film festivals including Best of Festival at the Palm Springs Shortfest, Jury Award at the NCGL Film Festival, Best Comedy at the Global Accolade Film Competitions, Audience Choice at the Cinema Diverse Film Festival, and Best LGBT Short Film at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival.

Mauricio has appeared in multiple national ad campaigns, including ads for DirectTV, Target, Fisher Price, and print and video campaign for FidelisCare which was featured on a billboard in Times Square in Manhattan.

At Arena Stage Mauricio manages and collaborates with the Director of Education in executing the artistic vision of Arena’s devised theater program, Voices of Now (VON), which produces ten original works each season. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mauricio managed VON’s transition from a theater festival to a feature film. The film inspired a WHUT (PBS) special, Youth Voices & Covid-19, of which Mauricio was one of the producers. Previously he was the Director of Education at GALA Hispanic Theater. His work at GALA was featured in Washingtonian magazine for providing an outlet to DACA recipients to tell their stories of immigration, deportation, and combat anti-immigration rhetoric. 

As a freelance director and producer, Mauricio served as Creative Producer for the 2020-2021 Virtual Season of IN Series Opera. His projects with IN Series included the film Orphée et Eurydice, the audio play A Fairy Queen, and the interdisciplinary film/theater piece Boheme in The Heights. All three were featured on DC Metro Theater Arts’ 2021 lists of outstanding productions. In addition, Mauricio collaborated with We Happy Few Theatre Company in their Detective Play Series which received praise for their crisp style. Maryland Theater Guide called Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Norwood Builder “...a perfect adventure.”

 

Mauricio is a proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), a voting member of the National Academy of Television and Sciences (Emmy Awards), and a former conference co-chair and current member of the American Alliance for Theater and Education (AATE). Mauricio is a graduate of the Acting Program at Marymount Manhattan College and the Shakespeare Conservatory for Actors at Yale University.

PRESS

Press:

Ballou, E (2018, July 13) A Columbia Heights Theater Camp Helps DACA Recipients Tell Their Stories. Washingtonian Magazine https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/07/13/paso-nuevo-columbia-heights-theater-camp-helps-daca-recipients-tell-their-stories/

DC Metro Theater Arts Staff (2021, December 27) DCMTA 2021 Staff Favorites: Outstanding Professional Theater Productions. DC Metro Theater Arts. https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2021/12/27/dcmta-2021-staff-favorites-outstanding-professional-theater-productions/

DC Metro Theater Arts Staff (2021, December 21) DCMTA 2021 Staff Favorites: Outstanding Digital Theater. DC Metro Theater Arts. https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2021/12/21/dcmta-2021-staff-favorites-outstanding-digital-theater/

Dreisonstok, M (2021, December 14) Audio Review: Sherlock Holmes and Loveday Brooke’s Mysteries by We Happy Few. MD Theatre Guide. https://mdtheatreguide.com/2021/12/audio-review-sherlock-holmes-and-loveday-brookes-mysteries-by-we-happy-few/

Ford, G. (2021, September 11) Hear how youth feel about the pandemic in 'waiting room' from Arena Stage. DC Metro Theater Arts. https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2021/09/11/hear-how-youth-feel-about-the-pandemic-in-waiting-room-from-arena-stage/

Siegel, D (2020, June 21) Youth Respond to COVID-19 in heartfelt ‘Inside Voices’ film from Arena Stage. DC Metro Theater Arts. https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2020/06/21/youth-respond-to-covid-19-in-heartfelt-inner-voices-film-from-arena-stage/

Ford, G. (2021, December 21) IN Series’ animated ‘Boheme in the Heights’ with live music is magical. DC Metro Theater Arts. https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2021/12/16/in-series-animated-boheme-        in-the-heights-with-live-music-is-magical/

Green, C (2020, November 8) IN Series’ emotional ‘Orphée at Eurydice evokes loss of a loved one. DC Metro Theater Arts. https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2020/11/08/in-seriess-emotional-orphee-et-eurydice-evokes-loss-of-a-loved-one/

 

 

Updated -April 2022

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