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It Tastes Like What I Remember Ep. 1

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It Tastes Like What I Remember is a series that explores the link between memory and food. When we remember food, we remember love. It is the nourishment that our mothers, fathers, nanas and tatas layered into our meals. Two friends, Julia Cho and Cheryl Umaña, cook up a cultural exchange of mole, kimchi, provecho, and geonbae, and bridge the past to the present.

About the Artist

Alejandra Cisneros (Director, Camera, & Editor) is a director and producer. Her work lives at the intersection of community building and art making, manifested in the superhero staged series El Verde!, that toured throughout Southern California. Collaborations include The Public Theater (Mobile Unit, Corrections Program), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (La Comedia of Errors, OSF School Visit Program), Center Theatre Group (Chisme y Queso, Annazul, Sueños Frosted Flakes), Grand Park in Downtown L.A. (New Year's Eve L.A., Fourth of July Block Party), Artists at Play (World Premiere of In Love and Warcraft), the Robey Theatre Company, and Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre. She is an alumnus of Director’s Lab West, a NALAC Leadership Institute Fellow, a Directing FAIR Fellow at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a Nathan Cummings Young Leaders of Color recipient. In 2016, Alejandra was awarded a Leadership U: One-on-One grant, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.


Cheryl Umaña Bonilla is a graduate from the UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television and from the LACC Theatre Academy. She is an L.A. native with strong roots to Guatemala. She has done theatre all over L.A. with many amazing theatre companies some of which include, Mother of Henry and La Virgen with The Latino Theatre Company, This Land with Company of Angels, and In Love and Warcraft with Artists at Play. Most recently she had the wonderful experience of performing in Luis Alfaro's Mojada at the exquisite Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Cheryl has had the honor of working with Center Theatre Group and with Alejandra Cisneros and Anothony Aguilar in their Free Play Readings in Boyle Heights and also had the chance to host Chisme y Queso. She is also a voice over artist. She is so excited to be able to explore her love of food and cooking and all things sweet in this new artistic endeavor with her dear friends!


Julia Cho is born and raised in Los Angeles and is a founding member and Producing Artistic Leader of the theatre collective Artists at Play. Through her work with AAP—which encompasses producing, acting, and casting—she has helped develop/produce numerous works created by and featuring Asian American artists. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, Julia starred in the award-winning Word for Word production of Amy Tan's Immortal Heart at the Magic Theatre (San Francisco), later touring domestically and in France. She has since performed/toured shows with East West Players, Will & Company, Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, hereandnow, as well as readings for Playwrights’ Arena, Pasadena Playhouse, and Center Theatre Group. Julia is probably best known for playing Charlotte Lu in the Emmy Award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Other credits include films like Larry Crowne (starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts) and recurring roles on TV shows such as This Is Us, Goliath, Scandal, and I'm Sorry. Look for @thatjuliacho online.


Anthony Aguilar (Unit Production Manager) is a writer who was born and raised in Boyle Heights, California. Written works include the punk rock musical, Little Red, the superhero series El Verde, El Verde: Career Day, and For One Mariachi. He was commissioned by Center Theatre Group’s The Shop initiative for his stage-plays Emma & the Suzies, and Annazul. Emma and the Suzies also received a workshop reading at the 2017 Austin Latino New Play Festival through Teatro Vivo. He has worked for Hulu’s East Los High (season 1) and Comedy Central’s Key and Peele (season 5). He has also worked for the children’s arts organization Inner-City Arts and Bridge Theater Project, designing lights and sound for various productions. He graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Theatre, and teaches playwriting for the Teenage Drama Workshop. He loves Batman, comedy, and comedies starring Batman.

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