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Meet the Barrymore Voters: Erlina Ortiz

Aug 14, 2017

The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre started in 1995, and celebrates the rich, diverse theatre community through a peer-adjudicated process. In the 2017-18 Season, we have 70 nominators and 12 judges that will see over 100 professional productions. Our expanded pool of voters this season represents the exciting and diverse theatre community that is thriving in Philadelphia. This entry is part of a profile series to introduce you to the voters who are an integral part of the Barrymore process.

Name: Erlina Ortiz

What is your current role in the Philadelphia theatre community?: I am a playwright, performer, and director.

What was the first theatre production you were involved in, and what did you learn from it?: I was about 5 years old, so I don't remember too much about it except I enjoyed the entertainment factor! Then later in life theatre taught me about the power of art, and the pleasure of collaboration.

What is your education and training experience?: BA Temple U. Apprentice @ InterAct, Intern @PlayPenn, Foundry Playwright.

How did you first get involved in the Philadelphia theatre community?: My first experience was as an intern with Playpenn.

What made you want to be a nominator/judge for the Barrymore Awards?: A chance to see more shows and to think critically about the work that I am seeing.

What projects are you currently working on in Philly?: Theatre en Las Parcelas! #powerstreettheatre #lasmujeres

If you weren’t working in theatre, what other job do you think you would be doing?: Probably working as a novelist, or comedian, or astronaut... or as a nanny which is what I already do :)

What show would you love to work on that you haven’t gotten a chance to yet?: Cloud Tectonics.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the theatre industry?: Make connections! Do not wait for someone to give you an opportunity; you must make one yourself.

If you could have dinner with any four people, living or dead, who would they be?: Selena Quintanilla Perez, Eve ('the first woman'), Neil Degrasse Tyson and Paula Vogel.

Keep up with all the shows our Barrymore Nominators and Judges are seeing this season by checking out What's On Stage in Philly this week!