My pandemic cabaret solo show was nominated for
BEST OF FEST by the Whitefire Theatre
and was live streamed on:
Sunday, June 27th, 2021 4 pm PST / 7 pm EST
Players, Performers, & Portrayers.
The actress, writer, and musician talks about creativity in quarantine
I have been keeping myself creatively fulfilled and I have been writing three solo plays! My original pandemic cabaret musical (consisting of 15 songs!), "WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?" was accepted to the Whitefire Theatre SOLOFEST 2021 in Los Angeles!
I am planning on flying to Los Angeles on December 19, 2020 to rehearse and coordinate the production, and will perform in the theater on:
Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 7 pm, Los Angeles time.
Due to COVID, there will be no audience, but the show will be live-streamed, globally, on the internet.
I am seeking financial support for this creative endeavor, and wondered if any of you might be interested in contributing? Please feel free to contribute any amount you are comfortable with. My total expenses will be $10,000 and I can share my budget breakdown with you, upon request.
Donor's contributions are tax-deductible through my Fractured Atlas page which is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated specifically to artists.
Saturday, April 10, 7pm EST (Boston time), 4pm, PST
We’ll Sing Again:
A Mother-Daughter Love Story
Written & Performed by Ana Guigui
ABOUT GOD BOX:
Ana: Great title and an excellent way to link your story together, and you are very talented. Lynn Regrave, Actress
A few years ago Ana approached me at a panel I was on discussing solo shows.
She said her father was a symphonic conductor, her mother an opera singer-both Argentinean, both Jewish, she grew up in Vermont and learned to sing and play the piano-both jazz and classical. I said, " I think we have a show". Richard Kline, Director, Actor
It's touching, amusing and enlightening.
Maureen Tobin,Food and Travel Critic
Two things really stand out about God Box: One is Ana's hilarious, interesting, wild characters re so true to life, it is scary. And two, this show is a perfect outlet to see how extremely talented she is. I was amazed how she goes from singer to actor to story-teller, and back seamlessly. Doug Lewis, Olympian and World Championship Bronze Medalist
A classically trained pianist, Guigui’s singing voice is inviting and relaxing. Given her laid-back, charismatic style, it's possible she might just play a song for you—assuming you put some money in the tip jar.
Jeff Favre, Back Stage West
The woman can play the hell out of the piano, and sings like an angel, with a diverse repertoire…
Lovell Estell III, L.A. Weekly
Ana is a very talented singer/songwriter; she even performs a few original numbers that not only showcases her talent, but enhances her joys, hopes, and frustrations that life presents. Rich Borrowy, Accessibly Live
Ana vs. the World
In 2015, Ana work-shopped her second autobiographical one-woman show, Ana vs. the World, in front of a live audience at the Beyond Baroque Theatre in Venice, California.
NEW WORK coming soon
In a dueling piano setting, Ana tells an autobiographical story of her 90-year old mother's journey into assisted living (long-term senior care) in California.
In this dramatic and comedic musical play, Ana faces the adversities of life, the reality of aging, and tries to learn how to accept the concept of death as a part of life. Ana sings at the piano of her joys, sorrows, and hopes and portrays several characters. Musical styles include classical art songs, pop music, well-known interactive audience singalongs, and original songs written and performed by Ana. This one-person show breaks the fourth wall and includes audience interaction.
Ana has a specific interest in writing, developing, and performing one-person shows. She has written and performed two original, autobiographical shows. Ana received the 2009 Artistic Director Award (ADA) for my first one-person show, God Box, which I performed for six weeks at the Actors Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California sponsored by a $20,000 grant by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. In 2014, Ana started teaching at the Berklee College of Music and in 2015, I devised a course entitled Creating A One-Person Show. As a result, I have facilitated, guided, and directed over forty student one-person shows.
Please contact Ana for more information or to discuss working with Ana to develop your solo show.
more about Ana...
Ana has an interdisciplinary performance and educational career in the arts, as reflected in her national and international credits in the fields of music, television, film, theater, and recording covering the genres of Musical Theatre, Classical/Opera, Pop, R&B, Latin, and Jazz music. As an actress, Ana was formally trained in Meisner Technique and Advanced Scene Study with Suzanne Shepherd (one of Sanford Meisner’s protégés) in New York City. Ana also studied “The Interpretation of Lyrics in Song” with Lucie Arnaz based on the David Craig Method, a method she incorporate into her current musical theater teaching. While Ana's main instrument is voice, she is also a multi-instrumentalist in piano, flute, viola, and drums, which has strongly complemented her musical abilities and overall musicianship. As a professional musician and actress for the past thirty years, the depth of study, combined with my training across disciplines, has contributed greatly to sustained professional success in the fields of music (singing, songwriting, playing, and performing), acting, playwriting, directing, and producing. Ana is an advocate of interdisciplinary study, and believes musical versatility and depth of knowledge in various genres can help create a broader range of artistic opportunities.
Ana's professional performance work has deeply informed her teaching, which includes applied voice, master classes, seminars, workshops, and productions, in addition to directing. Specific to vocal work she offers private voice lessons and courses including “Ace Your Audition,” “Lead and Background Vocal Lab,” “Music Theory for Vocalists,” “Performance Skills for Vocalists,” and enjoys directing Musical Theatre Ensembles. In creating new courses, Ana devised curriculum in “Writing, Developing, and Performing a One-Person Show,” which she have taught since 2015. This course is a process for the student which develops writing skills, musical skills, and critical thinking. Ana also teaches/directs a Musical Theater collaborative course featuring 20 vocalists and 30 orchestra members who perform traditional Broadway show songs and a “Musical Theater Chorus” course where she directs staged readings of new musical shows, also considering diversity in casting, co-presented a “Berklee Teachers on Teaching” workshop on how to approach diversity issues in a classroom setting, and organized a professional panel co-presenting “Diversity in Show Business: Acting Beyond Stereotypes”. Ana is also a member of the Berklee on Broadway committee with Berklee’s Ambassador for Artistry, Nona Hendryx, and six other faculty and staff members who organize an annual spring break trip to New York City for 25 Berklee and Boston Conservatory students.
As a voice instructor, Ana incorporates elements of vocal pedagogy and vocal health and wellness in lessons, with the goal of empowering each student to find his/her own voice, nurture it, and develop it in a healthy and conscientious manner, ensuring ongoing healthy vocal habits after graduation for practical and professional applications. For musical theatre students, Ana focuses on techniques necessary to perform successfully in the genre, including work with amplification, singing with movement, and healthy belting. Ana is willing and able to accompany students on the piano, which allows me to effectively coach their repertoire. As a first-generation American woman raised by Argentinean, Jewish immigrant parents with Spanish as my native language, Ana understands the needs of international students and how to convey ideas and concepts regarding the teaching of American musical genres. She has served as Musical Director for various productions at the Lee Strasberg Institute, the Allenberry Theatre, L.A.’s Groundlings, and for the original Off-Broadway production of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding.
In addition to Ana's teaching methods, her innovative theater practices also include improvisation and writing, performing, and self-producing one-woman shows. Ana's first original one-woman show, God Box, earned an A.D. A (Artistic Director’s) award for its six-week run in Los Angeles. In another solo performance project, Jason Robert Brown, directed and staged Jake Heggie’s 11- piece chamber song cycle, Winter Roses, for Ana's final USC Thornton School of Music doctoral voice which straddles the classical/musical theatre genre. Ana was recently commissioned to write, develop, and perform a one-woman show based on Rusty Warren’s sexually liberated comedy and she has several projects being released simultaneously in 2019 covering various musical styles. An original Pop CD, Love is on the Line, produced by Andrew Gold, was released internationally in April of 2019 by Note for Note Music Records. And, Ana is currently performing a five-song cycle, Secrets of Ferns, composed specifically for Ana's Mezzo-soprano voice by Berklee Jazz Piano Professor, Neil Olmstead. They completed this CD with the support of a Berklee Faculty Development recording grant, and will be presenting master classes and performances focusing on how to set poetry to music.
Ana has a thirty-year career as a professional artist, including an Annie--nominated animation vocal recording, Broadway national tours and Off-Broadway credits as a performer, a touring keyboardist and vocalist for Christopher Cross, AMERICA, Ben Folds, and other Grammy-award winning artists, multiple professional television and film acting credits, academic accomplishments including a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree, and experience in innovative teaching and directing.