Ariel will appear in the ensemble of Loading Dock Theater Company's production of THE DUDLEYS! A FAMILY GAME by Leegrid Stevens, running October 8 through October 29, 2016 at HERE Arts Center, directed by Jacob Titus, and featuring original chiptune music composed on vintage Atari, Commodore 64, Gameboy, and Nintendo gaming devices; and projection and original life-size 8-bit video design by noted new media artist Reid Farrington. Farrington's new media design has been called by "spellbinding" by Christopher Isherwood of the New York Times, and has been featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
ABOUT LOADING DOCK THEATER COMPANY Loading Dock was formed by playwright/director Leegrid Stevens and actor Erin Treadway. The company is based in Brooklyn where we rehearse and build shows. The primary focus of Loading Dock is to create original plays that explore the extremes in human behavior. We produce emotional, character driven plays with an experimental edge. Loading Dock's productions have been nominated for eight New York Innovative Theatre Awards. For more about the company, visit loadingdocktheatre.org
Ariel Estrada - ACTOR
Actor | Producer | Advocate
Ariel Estrada is an actor, singer, producer and Executive Director of Leviathan Lab, a creative studio for Asian American performing artists. Under Leviathan Lab, he has produced acting and writing salons, cabarets, fundraising events, staged readings, showcase productions, and short films – including, in association with Actors Equity Association’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, the 2011 Asian American Heritage Festival; a critically acclaimed 2011 production of Twelfth Night, starring Obie-award winning actor Jojo Gonzalez, and directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III (Assistant Director under Daniel Sullivan, The Public/NYSF 2011; Lincoln Center Directors Lab), with music by Jason Ma (Broadway: Miss Saigon, The Sly Fox, Shogun the Musical); and, in 2012, through a gift from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council–Manhattan Community Arts Fund, an immersive, site specific piece MIGRATION NATION, which utilized the entirety of the artist collective Space on White, exploring the experiences of contemporary Filipina migrant workers.
Also in 2012, Ariel served as Executive Producer for Leviathan Lab’s short film Two Weeks, which was selected as a featured film in the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Shorts Showcase, and a winner of the 2013 Film Festival Flix Short Film Competition.
As Executive Director, Ariel has secured two consecutive grants (2012, 2013) from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for his work with Leviathan Lab, as well as for the international award-winning men’s barbershop chorus Voices of Gotham (2013) and for Empire City Men’s Chorus. Leviathan was also selected for the 2011 Artist Residency Program at Space on White, where Leviathan developed and produced over 30 new plays and screenplays under the auspices of its groundbreaking Asian American Women Writers Workshop. In 2012
Ariel is currently the Financial Administrator for Digital Media at the Metropolitan Museum of Art under Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreevinasan (Top 25 Media People to Follow on Twitter, AdAge; 35 Most Influential People in Social Media, poynter.org; Contributor, CBS News and WABC-TV and WNBC-TV in NYC). As an actor and singer, Ariel has performed on television, film, commercials, industrials, new media, and on, Off, and Off-Off Broadway. He is also an accomplished Fortune 500-level graphic designer. His portfolio can be found at arielestradadesign.com