Ariel to narrate Rex Eisenberg’s acclaimed oratorio “Messiahs: False and True” as part of Choral Chameleon’s two-concert series DEUS EX MACHINA. The choral work, which explores the seductive qualities of charismatic leaders, includes texts by world leaders from across history, and uses the oratorio format accompanied by narrator, bass drum, and pipe organ.Read More
Happy Fall! I hope you're all acclimating to your busy autumn schedule, with lots of auditions and projects.
I had a wonderful June of learning, creating, and connecting, first at my writing residency through Leviathan Lab at Barn Arts Collective to develop my solo show FULL CONTACT (directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie, movement by Sheila Bandyopodhyay, and dramaturgy by Lynde Rosario); and then at the Theatre Communications Group National Conference as a member of its 2018 Rising Leaders of Color cohort. I also started at my position as the Marketing Associate for an organization whose mission I believe deeply in: The Tank.
I also had the great pleasure in June to have produced a Leviathan Lab reading of longtime friend and BILLIONS star Daniel K. Isaac's SEX PLAY, directed by the fabulous Carlos Armesto (Theatre C); and a Leviathan Lab co-production (with Theatre C) of a 29-hour reading of Leviathan Musical Theatre Advisor Robert Lee and writing partner Leon Ko's musical HEADING EAST, starring the incomparable BD Wong, and also directed by Armesto. Leviathan Lab also supported an exploratory workshop of Sheila Bandyopodhyay's rock musical RISE/FALL in June.
I also shot a co-star role in a new CBS Online series TELL ME A STORY in July, and my co-star appearance in CBS' BLUE BLOODS re-aired during primetime. I also spent July as Director of Marketing for the shows for Planet Connections Festivity Theatre Festival.
On July 23rd, I was asked to present the nominations for the NY Innovative Theatre Awards at their "IT Party" this year, and was pleased to learn that the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble production of TARTUFFE I played Cléante in late 2017 was nominated for Best Actor (John Lenartz) and Best Costumes (Debbi Hobson).
In early August, I puppeteered for a wonderful web series OCCUPY: THE WHITE HOUSE SPRITES, along with my longtime friend and fellow puppeteer Jen Barnhardt of Avenue Q and Sesame Street. Look for a special screening of the newest episodes of the web series at The Tank in October as part of Leviathan Lab's Living Room series, presented in association with Asian American Film Lab, as a fundraiser for Immigrant Families Together!
In late August, I did a 29-hour reading of Erik Jareth Ransom's play in verse CIVIL BLOOD as part of the Summer Fresh Festival, directed by Rachel Klein, and starring Brandon Haagenson (Off-Broadway: AFTERGLOW). I also recorded an interview with actor/comedian Sandie Cheng for her podcast on forgotten history NOW IN COLOR, speaking about the Filipino American War, colonialism in actor training, and more.
Finally, I started rehearsal this week playing Benny Conklin in Live Source Theatre Group's production of SUDDENLY, playing at HERE Arts Center from October 5 -20! Also in early October, I'll be producing a reading of Ma-Yi Writers Lab member Cate Yu's magical play THE SUN EXPERIMENT, directed by Danny Sharon.
I hope to see/work with you this fall. Thanks to The Tank's mid-town location, I've been taking lots of meetings with folks, checking in, talking shop. Email me to get together for coffee!
Ariel has been designated by Theatre Communications Group as one of ten early-career leaders from St. Louis and New York City to participate in the Rising Leaders of Color Program.Read More
Leviathan Lab, a creative studio for Asian American artists founded by Ariel, has been selected for its second week-long summer residency at Maine's Barn Arts Collective to develop his solo work FULL CONTACT. During the residency, Ariel will work on his solo performance piece FULL CONTACT about his experiences as a survivor of 20 years in an Indonesian martial arts cult, and his coming out as a gay man in the height of the AIDS crisis. Ariel's collaborators include director Andrew Borthwick-Leslie (Shakespeare & Company; The Humanist Project), with dramaturgy by Lynde Rosario (Letter of Marque Theater Company; The Anthropologists), and movement direction by Sheila Bandyopadhyay (Innovative Movement; American Academy of Dramatic Arts). The residency will take place Sunday, May 27, 2018 through Sunday, June 3, 2018.
ABOUT BARN ARTS COLLECTIVE RESIDENCIES
The Barn Arts Residency Program is designed to build creative opportunities between passionate people in a beautiful place. Artists from all over the country come to develop new works of performance in a pastoral and supportive environment. Teams of artists live, work, eat and plan together, creating a temporary creative community and supporting one another in their individual and collective goals.
ABOUT BARN ARTS COLLECTIVE
The Barn Arts Collective brings people together for live events that make the arts and creativity a vital part of life on Mount Desert Island and beyond. Barn Arts fosters the development of new artistic projects through free residencies; connects with underserved audiences of all ages through performances and arts education; and produces events and programs that lead to community engagement, enrichment and collaboration. www.barnartscollective.com
Happy spring (finally, sort of, as this post comes in the midst of a snowstorm)! I'll be appearing as the disciple Peter in Phoenix Theatre Ensemble's production of Robert Patrick's JUDAS, directed by Craig V. Smith at The Wild Project, April 27 – May 13, 2018.Read More
Phoenix Theatre Ensemble announces the world premiere of Topher Cusumano's THE CULT PLAY will begin previews on January 27 and will play through February 17 at The Paradise Factory Theatre at 64 East 4th Street (next door to La Mama) in NYC. Ariel Estrada featured as "Charlie Bear".Read More
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 @ 7:30PM: Ariel will appear as part of National Asian Artists Project, Inc.'s ( Baayork Lee, Steven Eng, and Nina Zoie Lam, Co-Founders) 6th Annual DISCOVER: NEW MUSICALS series at Theater 315 at 315 West 47th Street, with four stage readings of new short musicals by up and coming playwrights, performed and directed by NAAP members.Read More
TONIGHT @ 9PM: Ariel Estrada will speak on a post-show panel with producer Sally Shen on the themes of contemporary U.S./Chinese relations in Urban Stages Off-Broadway production of Zhu Yi's A DEAL, starring Alan Ariano, Lydia Gaston, Wei Yi, Pun Bandhu (Aapac - Asian American Performers Action Coalition), Seth Moore, and Helen Coxe.Read More
Performances begin this Friday, October 27 for Phoenix Theatre Ensemble's production of Moliere's TARTUFFE. The New York Innovative Theatre Award and Audelco Award-winning company's production of the revered French comedy lampooning religious hypocrisy and corruption.Read More
Ariel will shoot a co-star role on the long-running CBS show Blue Bloods, Episode #807 titled "Common Ground," written by Siobhan Byrne O'Connor and directed by David Barrett. Ariel will play a "Nurse" who speaks with Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg). The shoot will take place Monday, September 18 in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York. The current air date is scheduled for Friday, November 10 at 10:00 p.m. EST on CBS (subject to change).
ABOUT BLUE BLOODS
Blue Bloods is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) is the New York Police Commissioner, and heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry (Len Cariou), during his stint as Chief. A source of pride and concern for Frank is his eldest son, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), a seasoned detective, family man and Iraq War vet who, on occasion, uses dubious tactics to solve cases with his partner, Detective Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez). The Reagan women in the family include Erin (Bridget Moynahan) , a N.Y. Assistant D.A., who also serves as the legal compass for her siblings and father, as well as a single parent to her teenage daughter Nicky (Sami Gayle), and Linda (Amy Carlson), Danny's supportive wife. Jamie (Will Estes) is the youngest Reagan, a Harvard Law graduate and the family's "golden boy." Unable to deny the family tradition, Jamie decided to give up a lucrative future in law and follow in the family footsteps as a cop. He’s found a friend and ally in Eddie (Vanessa Ray), his young and eager female partner, who keeps him on his toes, but has very different reasons than the Reagans for joining the police force.
To learn more about the show, and watch select full episodes for free, visit http://www.cbs.com/shows/blue_bloods/.
Rehearsals begin this evening for Phoenix Theatre Ensemble's production of Moliere's TARTUFFE. The New York Innovative Theatre Award and Audelco Award-winning company's production of the revered French comedy lampooning religious hypocrisy and corruption.
PTE's production of TARTUFFE will run from Saturday, October 21 through Sunday, November 5 at The Wild Project in Manhattan.
Madame Pernelle: Eileen Glenn
Orgon: John Lenartz
Elmire: Elise Stone
Dorine: Morgan Rosse
Mariane: Alicia Marie Beatty
Damis: Matt Baguth
Valere: Wes Spencer
Cleante: Ariel Estrada
Tartuffe: Josh Tyson
Laurant/Loyal: Oscar Klausner
Loading Dock Theatre Company's October 2016 production of THE DUDLEYS! A FAMILY GAME at HERE Arts Center has been nominated for a 2017 New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Design. The nomination was announced at the NYITA Nominee Announcement Party today, Monday, July 24 at 7:00 PM at Clemente Soto Velez Center.
Ariel appeared in the show as a member of the ensemble. THE DUDLEYS! was written by Leegrid Stevens, and directed by Stevens and Jacob Titus, with video design by Reid Farrington.
I'm proud to have been part of Daddy Issues, a new web series by Queer filmmaker Marc Jordan Cohen about three 20-something NYC friends who start an escort business, playing a clueless grocery store manager. Learn more about the series, and watch the full pilot, by visiting the interview with creator Marc Jordan Cohen on Out.com.
You can also support the series via Kickstarter!
Nicole Films' TITLE VII starring Chicava HoneyChild, Fidel Vicioso, Brian Anthony Wilson, Calvin Gladen, Ariel Estrada, and a talented ensemble cast, will make its NYC premiere tonight, May 6, 2017 at the Women of African Descent Film Festival at the Spike Lee Screening Room at Long Island University - Brooklyn.Read More
Nicole Films announced today that their narrative feature film, TITLE VII, starring Chicava HoneyChild, Fidel Vicioso, Brian Anthony Wilson and a talented ensemble cast, will have its world premiere at the Hollywood Black Film Festival this February 22 - 26 in Marina del Rey.Read More
Rave reviews for Wakka Wakka Productions' MADE IN CHINA by the New York Times, Time Out New York, and more!Read More
Tickets on sale for Wakka Wakka's MADE IN CHINA at 59E59 Theaters!
Happy Holidays! It's been a busy month for Ariel, including two new Leviathan Lab projects, the airing of his co-star role on BULL, a workshop of Leah Nanako Winkler's new play THE ADVENTURES OF MINAMI, and rehearsals for Wakka Wakka Productions' MADE IN CHINA. Click here to learn more!Read More
Ariel Books Co-Star Role on Episode 108 of BULL "Light My Fire" on CBS, directed by Dennis Smith.Read More