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INTERNATIONAL GUEST ARTISTS

AJ RAFAEL

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Singer/ songwriter from Riverside, California. His theater credits include Pepper in Mamma Mia! (East West Players), Oz in Burn All Night (American Repertory Theatre), Trek in Tarzan (Performance Riverside) and Music Director in Songs For A New World (Barn Stage Company) & Newsies (Performance Riverside). AJ has over 900,000 YouTube subscribers and 450,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. His notable collaborations include Tori Kelly, Shoshana Bean, Dante Basco and Wong Fu Productions. He was recently named “Filipino-American Game Changer” by the city of Los Angeles. 

DEEDEE MAGNO HALL

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  The voice of Pearl in Cartoon Network’s Emmy-nominated Steven Universe. She played the role of Diana in Next To Normal (East West Players) and won the Ovation Award for Lead Actress in a Musical. Her theater credits include If/Then (Broadway & US National Tour), Kim in Miss Saigon (Broadway & International National Tour), Nessarose in Wicked (US National Tour & San Francisco Co.), Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy (East West Players). Deedee’s TV & film credits include original cast of Disney Channel’s New Mickey Mouse Club, Third Watch, Dellaventura, Rear Window, Face and Sister Act 2. She has recorded 4 albums with Hollywood Records’ The Party and is a co-founder of mommy singing group, Mama Bares.

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CLIFFTON HALL

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  Played Dan in Next To Normal (East West Players). His theater credits include Marius in Les Misérables (Broadway) and Fiyero in WICKED (US National Tour & San Francisco Co.). Cliffton toured with the Broadway production of If/Then starring Idina Menzel and played the role of Chris opposite his wife, Deedee Magno-Hall, in an International Tour of Miss Saigon. His regional credits include Tony in Master Class, Danny in Grease, Will in Oklahoma and Ta in Flower Drum Song. 

LANIE SUMALINOG

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  Germany-based actress with a Certificate in Theater Arts from the University of The Philippines and studied Voice at the University of the Philippines, College of Music. She has been touring and performing in various musicals across Europe for the past 17 years. Lanie’s theater credits include Mrs. Santiago in Ghost, Mary Theresa in Sister Act, Christmas Eve in Avenue Q, Eponine in Les Misérables, Nessarose in Wicked and Kim & Gigi in Miss Saigon. She is featured in the original cast recordings of Avenue Q and Wicked. Her film credits include The Lost Temple, Marisol, Tatort: Manila and John Sinclair.

JULIO FUENTES

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  Vancouver-based actor, dance instructor, adjudicator and choreographer. He is trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop. His theater credits include In The Heights, Mary Poppins, Beauty & The Beast, The Little Prince, Mamma Mia! and Rudolpho in Matilda the Musical. Julio played the role of Sebastian in The Little Mermaid and received an Ovation Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.

JOJO URQUICO (WTP Artistic Director)

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  Filipino/ German actor, singer and dancer. He is best known for playing the role of Thuy in Miss Saigon (Germany, Switzerland & Asian Tour) and covered the role of The Engineer in Göteborg Opern’s production in Sweden. Jojo’s theater credits include Angel in RENT, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, King in King & I and Young Syrian in Salome. He performed in Alan Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Do You Hear The People Sing and was a soloist in Oper Stuttgart production of König Blaubart. He has appeared in TV and film in Germany, Singapore and Philippines including Five Ways To Kill A Man, an entry for the Berlin Film Festival. He was awarded Most Outstanding Theater Performing Artist in the 26th Asia Pacific 2015 Excellence Awards.