Michelle Bowen-Ziecheck, Diego Maramba, Regina Aquino, & Andrew Quilpa

Celebrating Filipino American History Month
October 17, 2021

In celebration of Filipino American History Month, playwrights Michelle Bowen-Ziecheck and Diego Maramba discuss how their heartfelt play Connection celebrates Filipino Heritage and their place in American History. Actors Regina Aquino and Andrew Quilpa will be also be joining to discuss their experiences in the DMV as Filipino artists.

Meet the guests

Bowen-Ziecheck, D.Michelle

Michelle Bowen-Ziecheck

Michelle Bowen-Ziecheck is proud to contribute her creative writing skills to the stage for the first time, after spending the past few years in film and video. Most recently, she worked on Washington Week at WETA, and for Getzels Gordon, a Bethesda-based documentary company. She also serves as a script supervisor for independent films, including the 2021 feature film The Girl Who Left Home, and the short film Post Comedy. She would like to thank her bestest friend Diego for, well— everything, really. 

Maramba, Diego

Diego Maramba

Diego Maramba is a DC-based actor, producer, and playwright. He has performed on various area stages including: Synetic Theater (Phantom of the Opera), The Theater Lab (If/Then), Capital Fringe Festival (The Changeling Child), and the Silver Spring Stage (Yellow Face).

Film credits, as both an actor and associate producer, include The Girl Who Left Home, currently making its way around the festival circuit. He is a 2018 graduate of The Honors Acting Conservatory at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. Connection marks his first commissioned work as a playwright, inspired by almost eight years of storytelling to his daughter, Lina.

Regina Aquino

Regina Aquino (she/her) is a Filipinx actor, creative, and activist. Born and raised in MD, she has performed on many of DC’s stages since 2002. She has been nominated for multiple Helen Hayes Awards and in 2019 she was the recipient of the Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play Award for her work in THE EVENTS at Theater Alliance. She is the first Filipino to have earned the distinction. Washingtonian Magazine proclaimed her one of “DC’s 10 Biggest Theater Stars.” She lives in Arlington with her two children and two dogs, across the street from her mother like a good Filipinx daughter. Regina dedicates all her work to her mother, Rosalinda, and to her two daughters, Riana and Mal. She’s currently starring in Birds of North America at Mosaic Theater.

SELECTED DC CREDITS: Mosaic Theatre: Birds of North AmericaEureka Day; Round House Theatre: We’re Gonna Die; Theater Alliance: The Events [Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress], Brownsville Song (B-side for Trey); Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Describe The Night, The Arsonists; Studio Theatre: Vietgone, Red Light Winter, Dog Sees God [Helen Hayes Award nomination], Polaroid Stories; Folger Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nell Gwynn [two Helen Hayes Award nominations]; Olney Theatre Center: Tiger Style! BROADWAY: Lincoln Center & Kennedy Center TYA: Where Words Once Were EDUCATION: Duke Ellington School of the Arts, The Studio Acting Conservatory, Manhattanville College.

Quilpa, Andrew

Andrew Quilpa

Andrew Quilpa has recently returned to the stage at Adventure Theatre in Luchadora!, having previously also played River Monster in The Girl with the Lantern Heart and Prince Hongshi/Tiger Tail in The Emperor’s Nightingale. Recent favorite credits include: Chuck Biggs in She Kills Monsters (Rorschach Theatre), Husky in Vlad Ash (Flying V Theatre), and various voices for the visual novel video game Dark City (4615 Theatre Company). Andrew writes and voices various characters on The COIL Project Variety Hour on Takoma Radio WOWD-LP 94.3 FM and is a proud member of The COIL Project.

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