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EMAV 10 Bites: Gigi Guizado, Translator and performer of plays

Updated: Mar 9, 2019

In every neighborhood, there is someone who makes the Arts a part of their life, and our community. You'd be surprised to discover how many different people use the arts to improve the quality of life in or hometown. EAT MORE ART! VEGAS will feature them regularly in our series "10 Bites."

What performing art do you do?

I translate plays from Spanish to English, and act on stage and screen.

Why do you do it?

I translate because the research and cross-cultural exchange of it fascinates me. I act because the story compels me to find resonance between the text, human nature, my own life experience, and the audience.

What’s your favorite production/performance so far?

Out of the Wings Festival 2017 in London, UK where my translation and adaption, Symphony for Six Actors by Rafael Guizado, was presented was a highlight for sure.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

My work as a Standardized Patient Educator brought me to Las Vegas seven years ago to start a program at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. I've also worked as a temporary receptionist and administrative assistant.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I continue to be amazed by the response to I'm in Love with a Church Girl from fans as far away as Nigeria. Once a man tweeted me to say he'd been moved to tears and that the world needs more movies like this.

What would you be doing if you weren't performing?

If I weren't performing, I'd be writing.

Name something you love about Las Vegas, and why.

I love Las Vegas' spirit of independence and innovation.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you.

What superpower would you have and why?

I'd want the power to stop time, or expand time, so I could fit in more creative projects.

Any future projects?

Yes! I'll be playing Victoria in The Motherf**ker with the Hat at LVLT Black Box, November 3rd - 19th.

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