Meet the Playwright - Stephanie Alison Walker!

Stephanie Alison Walker is the playwright of THE MADRES, now presented by Shrewd as part of her NNPN rolling world premiere. A message from Stephanie I was five years old the first time I visited Argentina to see my dad who was living and working in Buenos Aires at the time. It was 1980, during the dictatorship, and the military men in the airport with their big guns was an image that frightened and stayed with me. I would return to Buenos Aires many times over the years with my dad and stepmom to visit my stepmom’s family, but it wasn’t until 1998 when I was living and working in Buenos Aires that I really became aware of the Mothers of the Disappeared. An American friend was doing a docum

Meet the Sound Designer - Benjamin Galvan!

Benjamin Galvan is the Sound Designer for Shrewd's NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES. A message from Ben I’m excited to be a part of this production because of its commentary on past injustices which are very similar to some injustices which take action to this day. About Benjamin Galvan Benjamin Galvan is a novice sound designer with a fair amount of experience. He started his journey in his freshman year of high school and never looked back. Ben came a short way from San Antonio but has come a long way in the wonderful world of theatre. He’s now contributed to many productions during his time here at UT, including the award nominated, “In the Red and Brown

Meet our Understudy - Estrella Saldana!

Estrella Saldana plays Deseparecida on September 7th and 8th in Shrewd Productions' NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES. A message from Estrella As a theatre maker, I have always viewed storytelling as a responsibility to my community. I join this cast, though temporarily, with the intention of honoring the Madres who have been fighting for a lifetime to be heard and seen. I am honored to be joining this dedicated team in honoring this story. About Estrella Saldana Estrella Saldana is an Austinite and graduate of The University of Texas' College of Fine Arts. Most recently she performed in The Immigrant at Austin Playhouse, The Wolves at Hyde Park Theatre an

Meet our Understudy - David Allan Barrera!

David Allan Barrera plays Diego on September 1st in Shrewd Productions' NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES. A message from David I'm so thrilled that Latinx Theatre is thriving and alive. Which makes me very excited be a part of something that really does represent a kind of people I grew up with back home; to be a part of something specific to my heart. About David Allan Barrera David Allan Barrera (Diego) is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Theatre program. Most recently he portrayed Liam Haber in The City Theatre’s BAD JEWS as well as Leo in Playhouse Theatre’s youth production of THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD. David is excited to have th

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