Meet the Team
CJ Ochoco is a Guam-raised theatre creative who is currently based in Nashville. She earned her BA in Fine Arts: Theatre from the University of Guam (2016) and her Masters of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management through Colorado State University (2019). CJ enjoys wearing many hats. While her first passion was stage management, she has found joy in producing, arts administration, playwriting, and even bass playing for Guam band “Friends with Instruments.” From the University of Guam Theatre to the Guam International Film Festival to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, CJ has been involved with various arts organizations. In 2018, she helped found a nonprofit on Guam, Breaking Wave Theatre Company, where she serves as the President and primary Producer for the company. CJ believes in the healing power of the arts, and she believes that healing can begin when everyone has the space and opportunity to share their stories. She aims to use her skills to create and elevate diverse storytelling, on stage and behind it.
Artistic Director, Actor
Joyce Torres is a storyteller, actorvist, and artist born and raised on the island of Guam. She has a BA in Fine Arts: Theatre with a minor in Political Science from the University of Guam (2014) and attended the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio Professional Conservatory Program (2018). Based in Los Angeles, Joyce is a Jill of many trades. When she’s not writing, directing, or exploring new ways to tell stories, Joyce is a vocalist and cajon player in "Friends With Instruments,” an all-girl acoustic island pop trio. In 2018, she premiered “Comfort,” a solo show honoring the life of Maria “Lola Rosa” Henson, the first Filipina to publicly talk about her time as a comfort woman during WWII. Joyce is an advocate for original works and enjoys creating spaces that encourage diversity, inclusivity and empathy. She believes the best theatre connects strangers, starts conversations, and provides opportunities to listen and heal. Some of her favorite roles have included: Vanda (Venus in Fur), Kendra (Gloria), and Caliban (The Tempest).
Assistant Director, Actor
Hannah Elmore is an actor who is either sleeping or crying. There is no in between. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts Theatre at the University of Guam. Hannah has been in various UOG productions including her most notable roles as Viola in Twelfth Night, Masha in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Hannah has been working with Breaking Wave Theatre Company since their launch in 2018. In 2019, she led their spring show 21 Chump Street on an island wide school tour and served as the assistant director for the youth piece of Unspoken Volume I. In 2020, she participated in Unspoken Volume II as an actor and an author. Hannah is more than thrilled to come back and serve in Unspoken Volume III as the assistant director as well as actor. She is a big advocate for mental health and believes that representation and conversation for the mental health community in the arts is one of the most powerful tools in breaking the stigma.
Madison McKenzie Scott
Madison is so thrilled to be a part of the theatre community on Guam. Raised in North Carolina, she has been acting since she was 10 years old. She trained at UNC School of the Arts and UNC-Chapel Hill before earning her MFA in Acting at UC-Irvine. She has produced for Brown Bag Theatre Company, and co-founded both Kenan Theatre Company and the Neo-Futurist Collective at UC-Irvine. Favorite acting credits include Elinor (Sense and Sensibility) at Island Shakespeare Festival, Elizabeth Grey (Henry VI Pts 1-3) at Great River Shakespeare Festival, and Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream) at Island Shakespeare Festival.
She is currently writing as a lifestyle reporter for Guam PDN, and is a part-time professor at University of Guam in the Division of Fine Arts. She is extremely grateful to Field for bringing her to Guam and being the most supportive partner in the world.
Sets and Props Designer, Artistic Associate, Author
James Lee Aevermann
James Aevermann is an artist who has dabbled in many different mediums including writing, acting, building, and blacksmithing. James' involvement with the theatre has been a hobby of his the past several years, with his involvement ranging from acting, writing, building sets, and designing props. He has had a hand in many UOG productions and has been involved with Breaking Wave Theatre Company since their first production, Tuesdays with Morrie. James recently completed a Master of Science in Forensic Biology from the University of the Southwest while remaining a part of BWTC and continuing his passion for the arts on Guam. He is also still a practicing blacksmith, striving to ensure that the art does not disappear from the Pacific.
Marketing Director Director of Photography
Ruzelle Almonds is a Guåhan-grown filmmaker, with credits ranging from web series to feature length documentaries. She has spent many years supporting and creating spaces for current and aspiring filmmakers to produce their own content. Along with this, she is also a freelance digital marketing specialist who works primarily with non-profit organizations. Her primary career motivations are to elevate Guåhan’s language and culture, effect social change and provoke thoughtful conversations in Guåhan's community.
Marketing Assistant, Set Crew, Production Assistant
Franky Lynn Aguon Hill
Franky Lynn Aguon Hill is currently in her third year at the University of Guam. She majors in Communication. The arts have had a strong impact on her life, allowing her to explore different forms of expression and interactions with others. She aims to apply her studies to help advance the arts in the island.
Marketing Assistant, Set Crew, Production Assistant
Rayah better known as "RayRay" in the theatre community, is attending the University of Guam in the pursuit of her degree in Psychology. She is proud to be working once again for Breaking Wave Theatre Co.
Her love for all things theatre has given her the opportunity to not only stage-manage but also act. Her previous works include Rodger and Hammerstein’s: Cinderella, Mamma Mia, Comfort, and Unspoken: A Mental Health Anthology.
Steph found her love for the arts the first time she watched Vagina Monologues in 2012 at the University of Guam. She was deeply inspired by the women and their stunning performances that she auditioned and was cast as the next Angry Vagina in 2015. She loved the adrenaline and freedom she felt on stage that she decided to dive deeper into the world of theatre. She involved herself in shows as an actress in plays such as "The Laramie Project" or as an assistant stage manager for Molière's "Tartuffe" and "Seasons of Love: A Musical Showcase". She recently stage managed "21 Chump Street: The Musical" by Lin-Manuel Miranda, where they traveled to different schools around Guam to showcase the 14-minute mini-musical. She continues to try her hand at graphic designing. She continues to support the arts and offers a helping hand whenever one is needed.
Actor, Assistant Graphic Designer
Joey has began his theatre experience in 2012 and stuck with it throughout his college life. Acting, designing and learning about different aspects of the Theatre has really changed him as a person. He graduated as a Fine Arts: Theatre Major. Being able to express creativity and emotions through art is very important to him. He acted in UOG plays in his college years. After College, Joey decided to hop on board with the Breaking Wave Theatre Company with his colleagues and decided to experience more of the technical side of theatre which led him to experience lighting and graphic design. Joey enjoys graphic designing so much that he became the Assistant Graphic Designer for this season. In the future he hopes to own a clothing brand and still partake in theatre.
Youth Workshop Coordinator, Author
Robin Berl is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She is new to playwriting and loves writing plays that explore the emotional depths of the human experience and the various ways people communicate when they don't know how to communicate. Robin is incredibly excited to have her work chosen for Unspoken because she believes it is a powerful and important project to destigmatize conversations surrounding mental health. Other than writing, Robin loves acting, reading, camping, adventuring, and the ocean. Robin currently lives in Maryland.
Costume Assistant, Assistant Youth Workshop Facilitator
Alexandra Castro has participated in various school productions which sparked her love of theater. In the summer of 2019, she joined Breaking Wave Theater Company as a youth writer and actor in the first Unspoken production. Since then, she has continued to be actively involved as a member of the company.
Reed Flores is a director and wanna-be playwright, currently based in California. He's currently the Directing Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville (LOU-VALL), and also the Director of Programming for Wayward Voices, an initiative by The Wayward Artist to produce BIPOC artists. Reed stays doing way too much and is also a photographer and graphic designer, you can see his work on instagram at @brownguydesign.
The sound technician for the local band “Friends with Instruments” and a University of Guam Theatre alumnus, Jerome Ocampo is well rounded with the technical aspects of the performing arts. He recently worked as a technician for Dancing Earth who had several performances on Guam in October of 2017. Being a part of the Breaking Wave Theatre Company's recent production of Tuesday with Morrie solidified his appreciation of working with other great Theatre professionals. There are many life lessons the he has learned from the play and that he would like to take with him and use every day. Jerome’s next steps are to continue being a part of the Breaking Wave Theatre Company as it grows and to further his education in Theatre.
J.D. is a CHamoru graduate from the University of Guam (UOG) with a bachelor's degree in English as a Second Language and Secondary Education. He teaches Reading to 6th graders at Jose Rios Middle School. He began costume designing as a helper for the UOG production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". He moved on to the role of main costume designer for other productions that include: "Polka Dots: A Cool Kids Musical" (both productions), "Enamored and 21 Chump Street", "Unspoken 1", "Arsenic and Old Lace", and recently "Unspoken 3". His passion for costumes stems from his love of Halloween, Cosplay, and the stage but his ultimate dream is to be a writer.
Hair/Makeup Designer, Assistant Set and Props Designer
Hayah El Sayeh
Hayah El Sayeh has been in the theatre industry since 2009. She's had her hand in everything from stage managing, designing and creating props and costumes, and makeup artistry. She is currently the main Wardrobe Manager for the Baldyga Group/Sandcastle, their tiger trainer assistant, and occasionally designs for their events. She is also on call at Hyatt as an animal handler/caretaker. She has a strong love for animals, nature and being creative. She has way too many hobbies to list but her favorite would probably be hiking and exploring new places.
Auston Dennis graduated from University of Guam with a B.A. in Music and Theatre. He is now currently working as the Theatre Production at Okkodo High School. He is aiming to get a Masters in Fine Arts with a focus on Theatre Lighting Design. He hopes to work in theatrical productions
Production Stage Manager
Mia Alvarez's first stage management role was as Assistant Stage Manager for Unspoken in 2019. Prior to that, she had experience in both performing and production while living in Macao, China. She is currently studying at the University of Guam, hoping to major in Education and English. Beside being a passionate theater nerd, Mia enjoys music, writing and reading. She is honored to be a part of this company and to help spread mental health awareness through this show.
Assistant Stage Manager
Xavier Bryce Pegarido Borja
Starting his theatre life at 18, and now a declared theatre minor at UOG. Has done previous works for both GATE and World Theater Productions as an actor. As well as worked crew for the UOG theatre and the first Breaking Waves, Unspoken. He looks to expand on his theatrical career through understanding the cogs that make a production run. With aspirations to take this beyond the local theatre circuit and take it big, Xavier aspires to learn and understand each role to get a well-rounded education.
Health and Safety Manager
Cameron is just happy to be here.
Sound Operator Assistant
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Has loved music since a young age. They played drums/percussion in honor band during middle school and high school, and was the drummer for La Voce Honor Choir. Their first theatrical experience was in 2019 for BWTC's production of Unspoken. They were involved in creating the drum parts for the original music. Elysha's other theatrical experiences include working sound for UOG Theatre's production of Arsenic and Old Lace, being part of the backstage crew for Alpha Psi Omega's Play in Adai, and working Front of House staff for BWTC's Comfort (Encore). They are currently the Social Media Marketing Assistant for BWTC. They are a Graduate of Guam Community College's Tourism Program.
Ånna Prelosky is a graduate of the University of Guam theatre program and a longtime lover of the arts. Her favorite roles on and offstage include Martha Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace" and stage manager for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and Disney's "Moana Jr".
Finally free from her post-graduate existential crisis, Ånna is now teaching drama at St. John's School. This is her first time acting with Breaking Wave Theatre Company and hopes to continue to do so in future projects.
Actor, Author, Assistant Lighting Designer, Assistant Youth Workshop Facilitator
Ean graduated from the UOG Theatre program and was involved in various productions. He has directed Improv Shows, and he aspires to either teach or live in theatre. He was excited to help spread awareness about Mental Health and creating a space for the youth to express their issues and to encourage the dialogue about Mental Health and people with Mental Illness.
While Joe Tai does not have a professional musical background, he does love writing music and performing. This love is what led him to turn in his work for this production, as he likes sharing and enjoying the arts with others.
Kayla Mari Del Rosario
Born and raised on Guam, Kayla Mari Del Rosario started as a live musician. Known for her vocals in numerous bands such as The Sirens, she is no stranger to performing all over the island. She performed in multiple countries in Europe, Thailand and Cambodia with her college choir. During her college career, Kayla sang with the local university choir "the University Singers" also known as "the Latte Tones" from 2012 to 2018. She also studied theater courses such as: Intro to Theater, Musical Theater and Acting 1 and 2.
After gaining her degree in music at the University of Guam, Kayla added DJing to her list of talents in 2019. Not only does she showcase her unique mixing style of electronic type genres; with instrumental and jazzy type music, but she also sings live during sets.
Kayla is excited to be a participant of BWTC's Unspoken III. She is passionate to help spread awareness to on mental health. She was heavily inspired by BWTC's first Unspoken production and is honored to be part of this one.
IG: @lunakayz & @djlunakayz
Serf Mannaky graduated from UOG with his Bachelor of Fine Art: Theatre Track in 2020. He has a surplus of experience from the front of the house, on stage, and backstage. He began his passion in acting with roles as a police officer in "Arsenic and Old Lace and Robin Goodfellow in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." He has also staged managed Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" and Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park." His most recent work includes writing local-inspired plays, which was published in a book of works called the "Voice of Guam: Volume I."
Since graduating, Mannaky has been appointed as a board of director for Breaking Wave Theatre Company and is currently an educator with Guahan Academy Charter School. With his many talents, Mannaky hopes to continue his education and bring theatre to local schools.
Sophie Nochefranca is a 16 year old senior at John F. Kennedy High School. Currently employed underneath the Guam Department of Education as a Cycle 3 Intern, as well as an intern underneath the Guam Congress for the Office of Speaker Therese M. Terlaje, she works towards the further involvement and assistance of the community. As an actor and writer for BWTC, Sophie aims to professionalize these procedures--representing and upholding a reputation whilst being responsive to the potential information from others. In these objectives, she prioritizes the public service of the local community--with her obligations towards serving the youth. She aims towards continuously challenging herself with these commitments within her tasks and responsibilities--proving to be productive and efficient in her ongoing mastery of these skills. Sophie's interests include voluntary involvement, understanding legislative and judicial procedures, and learning American Sign Language.
Sophie's interests in life can be reflected in the hobbies and passions she have developed--namely in stimulating the thought processes of others in civil exchanges and seeking to expand her knowledge in psychology. As several of her passions can be linked to education, of which is a social career, she has committed herself towards being in company and interactions of unique individuals of whom she may encounter in the classroom. Advocating for individuals under domestic violence--she looks towards the inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other demographics.
Actor, Author, Costume Assistant
Gabriel S Sahagun
Gabriel is currently attending Simon Sanchez high school. He has written and starred in the first and third installment of unspoken. At school he is the Vice President of the cheer team. After high school he plans on becoming a famous fashion designer designing clothes for people like Harry styles,Beyoncé and Lizzo. Some words he has to say about this show is “I believe that everyone has a story and this is the place to do so.”
Actor, Author, Hair/Makeup Assistant
Izzy has always been passionate for the arts. Even though Izzy finds themselves not being able to do or learn certain things like instruments or dancing, they gets goosebumps at seeing a painting, listening to a musical, or even reading a book. Shows like Heathers, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton or even Disney songs/movies make them feel like they’re on top of the world. They have been an artist for over six years, varying from traditional art and digital drawing. Izzy started writing poetry after being inspired from being taught it; from there they found an unshakeable desire to share their stories and experiences through the form of metaphor.
Izzy wanted to be able to explain their experiences, so that one day- it could make someone going through the same thing feel that they're not alone. Apart from their background in art, they one day want to be a lobbyist and debate issues that need to be solved with the government. Although it's an umbrella term and not really specific, Izzy has so many issues they want to find a resolution for. One day, Izzy hopes they could just in some way be able to help people through art or through lobbying.
Art IG: @pacopoems
Personal IG: @xisabellapaco
Anya Balbastro is 16 years old and began her senior year at Notre Dame High School. She has been dancing with SKIP Entertainment Company for 13 years and competing in numerous dance competitions since 2016. Anya’s first production was The King and I in 2015 and continued with The Gods and Goddess of Guam in 2018. Her most recent production was with WTP Guam Moana as a Chief Ancestor. Her hobbies include reading, writing, dancing, acting, and more. She does not know exactly what she wants to pursue but knows she wants to be an inspiration for the younger generations.
Alexandre Villaflor is a 17-year old who attends Southern High School. His hobbies include singing, acting, dancing, reading, and playing tennis. His musical theatre credits include “The King and I”, “Cinderella”, “Mamma Mia!”, “Frozen Jr.”, and most recently, Moana Jr., where he played the role of Chief Tui. This will be Alex’s third show with BWTC, with the first two being “Unspoken; A Mental Health Anthology” and “Unspoken; Volume 2: Live From Home”. Alex joined this production because he wants to continue the conversation of mental health and substance abuse within the community. Alex aspires to be an actor when he grows up. He would like to thank his family and friends for supporting him on his journey to becoming an actor.
Desiree Jones Santos
Desiree Jones Santos is a student and casual creative. She is currently pursuing a degree in English and Secondary Education at the University of Guam. In her free time, Desiree enjoys journaling, singing, playing guitar, and reading. Needless to say, she feels the most herself whenever she is creating or consuming art. Recently, she has picked up poetry-writing as a new outlet for her creativity. She submitted her piece to Unspoken Volume III because she resonated with the message behind the project and figured sharing her voice would be a fun and meaningful way to contribute.
Jacquese Armstrong, author of blues legacy (2019), was the recipient of the 2019 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award and a 2015 Ambassador Award from the State of New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma for promoting wellness and recovery and reducing stigma through the arts. She has been a cast member of TMI Project’s storytelling performances Black Stories Matter: Every Word Spoken and Alone Together stories of COVID-19 in quarantine and her work has been published in midnight & indigo, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Ourselves Black, Stellium and others. She is a 2021 “Best of Net” nominee.
Jho'nae Maree Jesus Camacho-Pangelinan
Jho’nae Maree Jesus Camacho-Pangelinan is a local Chamoru from Guam and a newlywed currently residing on the island of O’ahu. Her ultimate goal is to become an English teacher at her alma mater, Simon A. Sanchez High School. To do that, Jho’nae is currently furthering her education with Western Governors University. She plans to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education (Dual Licensure) first, then she will focus on earning her Master’s in Teaching, English Education (Secondary).
Jho’nae has always had an appreciation for Art, and she has been expressing herself through various forms such as poetry, songwriting, and painting for years. Jho’nae was in the audience for the first production: Unspoken; A Mental Health Anthology back in 2019, and she was blessed to be a part of last year’s show -- Unspoken; Volume II, Live from Home. It is a great honor to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this production as well.
One should never show up late to the theatre, but Kimberly Shimer turned 50 before she began pursuing a newly discovered passion for playwriting. Employed as the director of communications for Villanova University’s College of Engineering, to fill the void of an empty nest Kimberly enrolled in a graduate program in Villanova’s theatre department. There, she fell in love with playwriting having learned from professor and accomplished playwright Michael Hollinger.
“A Ghost of a Chance,” Kimberly’s first play, received a July 2020 Zoom production as a finalist in FutureFest at Dayton (OH) Playhouse and a year later it received a staged reading as a selection for Cincinnati (OH) LAB Theatre’s New Works Festival. In the past year, Kimberly has written two more full-length plays: “Eden 2.0” and “Dear Elsie: Kafka’s Letters from a Lost Doll.” In June 2021, “Talking Over Tea,” her first 10-minute play, won a 10-Minute Play Contest presented by Arts After Hours (Lynn, MA). It was also selected for “A Light in Dark Places” in Los Angeles and “Unspoken” at Breaking Waves Theatre in Guam.
The mother of two young adults, Kimberly lives with her husband Rob and two dogs in Media, PA.
Ova Saopeng is associate artistic director and producer with Los Angeles based TeAda Productions. He is an accomplished actor, teaching artist and playwright. He is a refugee from Laos and is passionate about elevating the refugee and immigrant experience on the American stage. Community and ensemble based creations include: Masters of the Currents, Refugee Nation, Global Taxi Driver and Native Immigrant. These critically acclaimed plays received numerous development and touring awards including NEFA, MAP, NEA, NPN Creation and NET funds. He has worked with national theatre companies: The Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis Dragonwings and Center Theater Group’s Wondrous Tales of Old Japan and East West Players Twelf Nite O’Wateva and has toured colleges and universities with Asian American led hereandnow theater company, and Southern California primary schools with children’s theater companies We Tell Stories and Waters Edge Theater.
www.teada.org, @og_ova, @teadaproductions
Paulette M. Coulter
Paulette M. Coulter is a life-long learner, teacher, reader, writer, editor, poet, critic, among other things. She has taught levels from pre-kindergarten through college. She has a B. A. in English and math, an M. A. in linguistic anthropology from the University of Arizona, and an M. A. in English from the University of Guam.
Sarah Kezman is an actor, writer, and mother who lives in Northeast, PA. Before the pandemic, she was away from theatre for far too long. Since last March, she’s been acting in as many virtual plays as possible. Two of her favorite roles were Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Juliet in Shakespeare Bachelor. She is incredibly thankful for her friend, Robin, who told her about The Unspoken Workshop Series. She attended as many of them as she could! She wrote her poem, Sanctuary, during Kevin Kantor’s workshop.
You can follow her on facebook as Sarah Kezman and instagram @saraivenice.
Lead Set Artist
With a B.A in Art, Katlyn Sutherland finds true joy in teaching visual arts as well as creating for various artist groups on island. She aims to spread an appreciation for the Arts and hopes to inspire a younger generation of upcoming artists to be involved in the art community on Guam. Sutherland also enjoys helping where she can in painting sets for theatre productions.
In her personal work, Sutherland draws in inspiration from the environment as well as the human figure. This, coupled with her passion for flowers, go hand in hand in symbolizing human nature.
Sutherland is hoping to continue her education and earn both a masters in Teaching and an MFA in the near future.
Alyssa Sutherland graduated from Guam Community College in May 2020 with her Sign Language Interpreting Certificate. Since then, she has been working as an interpreter and continues her education at GCC for Human Services.
Joseph Y. is a senior from Simon Sanchez High School.
This is Joseph's first time participating at the Breaking Wave Theatre Company.
His position is the set building crew and enjoyed his time with BWTC.
Monica is a senior at John F. Kennedy High School. This is her first production in Breaking Wave as a production assistant. She was in GATE’s Cinderella (2018) as a ballroom dancer and ensemble. She was also in GATE’s production of Mamma Mia in the spring of 2019 with the role of Lisa. Monica also has other experiences within the performing arts field. She was in Angel’s Choir in Mandaluyong, Philippines for more than 8 years. Additionally, she is in JFK’s Honor Choir, Vivace and a lead vocalist in her band. She is also in JFK’s Dance Team, Uprising. Monica wishes for everyone to enjoy the show!
Rheana Jade Ochoco
Rheana is a 16 year old Junior from Notre Dame High School. This is her 2nd work with BWTC, having previously been a part of Unspoken I as Front of House. Rheana has been in theatre for a long time, involved in productions with organizations like UOG and G.A.T.E.
Thaddeus Martin worked as a helper installing glass windows and doors. This was Thaddeus' first time working with Breaking Wave, and learning how to work with lights and doing theater production.
Jesse Mantanona - Set Crew (not pictured)
With Special Thanks to our Unspoken Workshop Series Crew
WORKSHOP COORDINATOR: Rayanna Guzman
Madison McKenzie Scott
Christine Sloan Stoddard
Sharece M. Sellem
Jacqueline Simone Brown
Katie Kay Chelena