about

The brisk festival believes in the magic and power that theater can bring to human beings. That’s why we like to celebrate our love for theater with wonderful and talented artists that want to share their stories with our audiences.

We offer a unique opportunity to large audiences to enjoy a great amount of short plays during few weeks in a wonderful environment. Our superb list of short plays in competition are chosen after a long selection process that encourages any type of stories or artists. 

Theater allows us to connect with each other and awakens our senses and emotions. The Brisk Festival is driven by a very professional and motivated team who is in charge of choosing a great variety of short plays and a wonderful group of generous artists to make our audiences have a marvelous experience. Full Emotions, a multi awarded production company with more than 12 years experience producing films, television and theater is in charge of producing the festival.

Christian Rodrigo

Founder & Festival Director

Our Festival Director and brisk festival Founder, Christian Rodrigo, has been in the Entertainment Industry for the last 20 years. Christian Rodrigo is a Spanish actor and filmmaker, based in Los Angeles, with a background as a producer and director. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA, as well as the Professional Actors and Directors Association of Catalonia (AADPC) and the Cinema Academy of Catalonia.

He has worked as an actor in 10 feature films, nearly fifty short films, some TV shows and theater plays. As a producer he also has a extensive career, and he founded in Barcelona, Spain, his production company, Full Emotions, in 2007, with which he has produced several film projects some of them awarded internationally such as Wings or My Invisible Friend, commercials, music videos or TV Shows such as LA Confidential (that he also directed for Non Stop People). In 2013 he also founded his Acting Studio in Los Angeles, coaching actors from all over the world.

He is affiliated with The Actors’ Gang (actor and teacher), a Los Angeles theater company of which Tim Robbins is the artistic director. His first big project on stage was in 2004 as the Assistant Director of John Malkovich for the play Hysteria produced in Barcelona and Madrid. Additionally, he has a diverse and extensive experience as a Host, Actors Coach, Producer, Photographer, Camera Operator, Director and Editor. He has been the Festival Director of Short & Sweet Hollywood for the last two years.

Creatively applying his MBA from ESADE/ Emory, Christian has fused his business and artistic background and distinguished himself as a serious, dynamic filmmaker in films, music videos, commercials, television programs, theater and documentaries.

Christian and his team are very careful about giving a pleasant and superb experience to all of the participants and the audience members that come to support the Festival. 

Ramon Valdez

LA & MEX Producer

Ramon Valdez, LA & Mexico City Producer of the brisk festival, originally from Mexico, began his career as an actor in the telenovela “Las Grandes Aguas”. Without knowing that this project would become the beginning of a great career as an actor, participating on 25 telenovelas , 3 movies, 5 TV shows and more than 50 unitary programs.

Later he began his career as a producer and director of his first TV series, A2D3 falls, counting with first-rate actors such as Mario Zaragoza, Pedro Romo, Zuly Keith, among others. After this project, he opened his own production company in Los Angeles California, with which he has already been working on different projects. Then he produced four other TV shows and directed some of them Pamboleros, Los elegidos, Cryogenesis, and Limbo which entered into the pilot season 2013/2014 selection.

After that, he started to direct unitary programs about paranormal cases, and produced game programs such as Retofamosos, the Show of Lagrimita and Costel, and the Radio Awards Ceremony in 2014 that was broadcasted live nationally from the Nokia theater in Los Angeles.

These last years he’s been producing several TV commercials and music videos. It is also worth mentioning that he has a wide agenda and relationship with celebrities, and he is the Artistic Director of some TV programs from Estrella TV bringing guests to different shows improving the ratings of the network.

Right now he has an extensive list of TV shows and programs. He was also the producer of the first musical in Spanish produced in California, Burlesque the musical with Mrs. Olga Breeskin, in May 2015.

He is currently the content director of the TVC +Latino network in the city of Los Angeles California.

Lorena Ortiz

LA BACKSTAGE MANAGER

Lorena is a Mexican TV shows and theater backstage manager and production coordinator. She is currently living in LA and has worked in Noches con Platanito for Estrella TV as Game Coordinator or as a Promotion and Marketing Coordinator at Hamman Al Ándalus in Madrid. She has also coordinated Tourism programs for Milenio TV and in 2018 she was the Backstage Manager for the Short & Sweet Hollywood Theater Festival.

Jennifer Lassalette

LA STAGE MANAGER

Jennifer is an American Stage Manager and Actress. She has a vast experience in theater, and she is part of the Actors Studio West. 

Vanessa Victoria

LA STAGE & COSTUME DESIGNER

Fashion designer, costume designer, art director, creative writer and illustrator. Active since 2006, Vanessa is the cofounder of Nuvula, an independent, creative arts fashion brand and costume design atelier. Since its inception in 2007, Nuvula has focused on originality, on responsible manufacturing, and on environmental sustainability, including the rejection of any animal-based products. Working alongside her sister, Rebeca Victoria, Nuvula atelier merges original illustration and design, deriving inspiration from the seven arts. As a designer, Vanessa is forever traveling in time to epochs and decades past; oftentimes drawing on centuries’ old elements and vintage silhouettes, hybridizing them into the present to create a new era, a new vision of the past through reinvention. One of Nuvula’s missions is to reinvent what are known as the “staples” of fashion and wardrobe, deconstructing them and expanding their use. Reinvention, revision and innovation of lines, techniques, silhouettes and standards are the founding principles of Nuvula’s work. Theater, dance, film, the dramatic arts in general, have always been at the center of their work and inspiration, so much so that the first collections included reinvented T-shirts and dresses, proposed not necessarily as clothes but redefined as canvases for illustrated plays, presented in 3 acts and narrated through poetry. Vanessa has participated in a number of independent film projects, theater productions, music videos, commercials and large magazine editorials as a designer and art director, with various awards and magazine articles recognizing Nuvula’s designs and contributions to the industry. Their work has been featured in over 20 editorial spreads and has graced the covers of more than 5 fashion magazines. With an unusual professional background as a marine biologist, she focuses most of her artwork around the environment, with a particular interest on the ocean and the plastic crisis enveloping it.

Constanza Dominguez

LA Box office Manager

Constanza Dominguez was Born in Santiago, Chile. She Spent 10 years living in Miami where she started her career as a make-up artist. Constanza moved to LA 5 years ago and has since worked on multiple productions for the Lee Strasberg Institute in a variety of capacities. It was through those experiences that she found her love for the collaborative creative process that such productions provided. On her time off Constanza loves to travel and take pictures of what the world has to offer. 

Silvia Kal

LA PUBLICIST

Silvia Kal is a publicist and actress from Spain living in Los Angeles. Silvia is the owner of SGG Public Relations, an entertainment PR agency. As a publicist she has worked with some of the most renowned artists such as Mauricio Rengifo and Andres Torres (producers of the hit song Despacito), Spanish singer Leiva, or Big Mountain, among others.

Silvia Kal is a big supporter of up-and-coming artists. She believes they deserve the opportunity to have a platform where their work can be acknowledged. Over the years, she has gained big success in promoting the careers of rising artists.

Carlos Yasik

LA Audio VISUAL DIRECTOR

At the age of 13, Carlos Yasik “borrow” his Dad’s Hi8 video camera to shoot his first attempts as special effects using the family dog as the stuntman. The dog survived, But the camera didn’t. He had the broken camera hidden for 8 years. Then he finally had to pay it back. His hometown is Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. Then, he worked as freelance for 8 years and created estamosEnVideo.com being the first Mexican person to use internet video as main content in a social website which became the official website for Planeta 94.7 FM radio station for 2 years. As internet video was not understood by big companies, he decided to pause it. Then he was hired by the company MasFusion where he directed the video department. He aquired experience by doing corporate and viral videos for multinational corporations, such as Intel and Blackberry; But, his main goal was to produce feature films, music videos and tv commercials; so he left MasFusion and founded and continues to work for commercial projects, short films, films from around the world as a freelancer.
Since the beginning of his professional career, he has produced videos for local and worldwide companies.

Isabella Cascarano

LA ASSOCIATE PR

Isabella is a Venezuelan actress from Italian parents based in LA. Isabella has alternated her career in film, television and theater in Latin America and in The United States. She has produced several theaters shows to help sick and abandoned children, and some films. Isabella is helping the needy community in Central and Latin America for over 5 years, And not forgetting to mention that she gives her voluntary time to help elderlies and specially those suffering Alzheimer.

Laura Marstucelli

BCN COORDINATOR

Laura is an Argentine actress, trained in Buenos Aires, Barcelona and London. She currently lives in Barcelona and devotes her knowledge to the teaching of art as a way to “recognition”; collaborates with an English theater company Blue Mango Theater, as well as companies dedicated to training with role plays: WIO, SKYSCANNER, etc. She dedicates his free time to writing and drawing. Theater has been and still is one of the arts that inspires and motivates her the most.

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