Familia Feature Friday: Aisha San Roma


Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 11.18.40 PMBy: Paige Velasquez

Congratulations are in order for Teatro Vivo’s production, “Mariachi Girl!” Nominations for The B. Iden Payne Awards were announced for the 2012-2013 season on Oct. 9. The B. Iden Payne Awards Council recognizes excellence in Austin’s theatre community by having a volunteer committee nominate outstanding performances. Teatro Vivo’s “Mariachi Girl” brought in four nominations.

  • Aisha San Roma for Outstanding Performer
  • Brant Pope for Outstanding Director
  • Outstanding Production
  • Héctor Martínez Morales for Outstanding Original Score.

We caught up with the Outstanding Performer nominee, Aisha San Roma to get her reaction on the recent nomination.

How did you feel when you learned that you were nominated for a B. Iden Payne award?

“Honestly, I was very surprised, excited, and nervous! I thought they had contacted the wrong person.  I had to read the email a few times just to make sure.”

Describe the effect that the role of Carmensita in “Mariachi Girl” had on your career. 

 “I have been blessed that the role of Carmencita has produced invitations to audition for other bilingual plays. “Mariachi Girl” broadened my age range by allowing me to play an 8 year old which was completely new to me. The experience I got from this show will constantly show up in the future of my career because I learned so much from it.”

What is a quote that you live by?

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.- John Steinbeck”  “I like this quote a lot because some times the pressure to be perfect that you put on yourself or that others put on you is too much.  It makes you go insane with doubt because perfection is something you can’t live up to. This reminds me to take a step back and be proud of myself, imperfections and all.”

What do you love about Teatro Vivo?

“I love that Teatro Vivo gives a voice to Latinos. They provide a platform for the stories of our people to be told.  And because many of their productions are bilingual, anyone can enjoy them. I think that is awesome!”

Visit Teatro Vivo’s Pinterest page and check our “Tribute to Mariachi Girl” board.

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