CEO / Artistic Director
COO / Producing Director
Producing Intern/Graphic Designer
Amanda Tira Andrei O'Connor
Director of South Asian Dance
Youth Programs Producer
FOUNDER, CEO, and ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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Francis Tanglao Aguas is the founder and artistic director of Aguas Arts Ink, an arts company with a view to diversifying imaginations and creative landscapes. As a playwright, performer, producer, director and educator, his work illuminates untold stories and hidden histories of the marginalized, minoritized and subalterned. He is the author of "Ramayana La'ar," "Sitayana: Journey of Womanhood," "Abuja Woman," "Where the Carabao Sleeps," and " "When the Purple Settles" which won the Palanca Award, the Philippines' National Prize for Literature. His one man shows "The Sarimanok Travels" and "The Imelda Marcos Lecture Series on Tyranny" have been performed in Asia and the United States. His latest film/virtual theatre work is "The Untethered," a four part series on race/racism and inclusion/exclusion. His theatre work has been seen at the Asian American Theatre Company, The Washington DC Fringe Festival, Tanghalang Ateneo, Ateneo de Manila University, Kenyon College, Georgetown University, UCLA, William & Mary, Old Dominion University, Singapore Management University, the American Writers Festival in Singapore, and the International Islamic University Malaysia. He is currently Director of William & Mary's Global Studies Program where he teaches as Professor of Theatre and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies.
COO and PRODUCING DIRECTOR
Madison Hauser is a Colorado native and 2019 graduate of the College of William and Mary/University of St. Andrews Joint Degree Program, where she received a BA with International Honors in English. Previously, she served as a Production Apprentice for Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida, and as a Production/Design Assistant for Denver-based events company Pink Monkey Solutions. She has planned and worked countless events, weddings, and festivals in the US and UK, including the Aspen Food and Wine Festival, On The Rocks Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also managed and liaised with several venues, including the Barron Theatre, Byre Theatre, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and Kinkell Byre. Madison is seeking a career as a stage/production manager, events coordinator and/or script supervisor for film and television. She has studied under Daniela Saioni in Toronto and received a certificate in script supervision, and plans to continue pursuing her love of events and theatre working for Actors Theatre in Louisville, KY as their Patron Experience Apprentice for the 2020-21 season. She is excited to usher in a new age of planning virtual events! Besides her projects with Aguas Arts Ink, her favorite credits include Our Lady of 121st Street (William and Mary), Mary's Wedding, Bar Mitzvah Boy (Chester Theatre Company). Also Commons (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Spike Heels (Barron Theatre), respectively produced in the wake of Brexit and the #MeToo movement.
PRODUCING INTERN/GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Margot Flanders is studying Theatre at William and Mary. She works as a Production Manager, Director, Dramaturg, Stage Manager and many other positions. Margot spent last summer working at the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp as a Production Intern. She is originally from Staunton, Virginia and would like to pursue a career in Theatre Arts Administration.
With roots in the Philippines and Romania, Amanda L. Andrei hails from Virginia/Washington D.C. and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her plays include Black Sky (Madison New Works Lab; Semifinalist 2019 Screencraft Stage Play Competition; Finalist 2020 New American Voices Festival), Lena Passes By, Crocodile (The Last Escape), and Every Night I Die (Winner 2010 International Bottle Tree Award). Her work has been read and/or developed by Pasadena Playhouse, Playwrights Arena, La MaMa, Artists at Play, Son of Semele, Relative Theatrics, Bucharest Inside the Beltway, La-Ti-Do, and others. She is a member of the Echo Young Playwrights group, Playground LA’s Writers Pool (2018 – present), Dramatists Guild of America and proud alum of VONA and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She has an MFA from the University of Southern California.
Syreeta has joined the team after her performance in Aguas Arts Ink's Songs of Freedom: A Concert for Civil Rights in August 2020. She is currently producing an adaptation of For Colored Girls by Ntozake Shange, directed by Branden Polk, which will air in February 2020.
Pallavi Rudraraju is the Youth Well-Being Coordinator at the Human Rights Campaign, where they advocate for LGBTQ+ youth and their families through educational, leadership, and outreach programming. They coordinate HRC's Youth Ambassador Program, the Parents for Transgender Equality National Council, the Time to THRIVE annual conference for youth-serving professionals, and the Project THRIVE coalition of youth-serving professional associations. Prior to their work at HRC, Pallavi served as the VA Middle School Program Coordinator at AALEAD, working with middle and high school youth to support their social, academic, and leadership growth as young citizens in an increasingly connected and diverse world. In their time as a youth-serving professional, Pallavi has created a two-week middle school Mental Health Awareness initiative, published resources for parents of gender expansive youth, and provided professional developments on Asian American Mental Health and serving LGBTQ youth. Prior to their professional work, Pallavi served the William & Mary community through appointments to the President's Task Force on Race and Race Relations, the Center for Student Diversity as SEED Dialogue facilitator, and organized campus-wide religious, cultural, and racial justice and LGBTQ-centered events. Pallavi possesses certification in Advanced Youth Development and is additionally trained in conflict resolution, supporting LGBTQ youth, arts facilitation, and solidarity practice. Pallavi holds degrees in APIA Studies and World Performing Arts & Cultures from the College of William & Mary.
Branden S. Polk is the CEO and Founder of Arrowhead Advising, LLC. As an innovator, social reformer, public speaker, writer, counselor, and creative artist, Branden has dedicated his life to advocacy for the most vulnerable, the developing of transformational leaders, and to changing the way society addresses today's most sensitive topics such as race, sexuality, criminal justice, education, faith, and more.Branden received his undergraduate degree in Theater from the College of William & Mary and is also a graduate of George Mason University where he received his master’s degree in Social Work.
DIRECTOR OF SOUTH ASIAN DANCE
Ameya King is a Virginia-based Kuchipudi dancer and dance educator who has been practicing this vibrant dance form since 2000, under the tutelage of Smt. Sarada Jammi, Smt. N. N. V. Satyabhanu, and Sri Hari Rama Murthy. She embarked on the journey pursuing arts after a pivotal conversation with Francis Tanglao-Aguas as a junior at William & Mary and a year as his teaching assistant. She recently earned her Masters in Kuchipudi dance at the University of SiliconAndhra, researching the relationship between emotion and rhythm in this vibrant form. As a first-generation Indian-American raising a black son, she relies on the arts to build him a kinder world.
YOUTH PROGRAMS PRODUCER
Akira Tanglao-Aguas leads the youth programming of Aguas Arts Ink, and is invested in creating greater visibility for youth of color in the Williamsburg-James City County of Virginia. He has performed in "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman," "Sitayana: Journey of Womanhood," "Clybourne Park," and "The Addams Family" for William & Mary Theatre. His recent played LeFou in "Beauty and the Beast for Jamestown High School, where he has appeared in seven productions. He is currently the Vice President of Jamestown Thespian Society, and holds the first degree black belt in Taekwondo. He will be attending the 2022 American Legion Virginia Boys State conference.