for Theater, Film & Performance

ORO Arts Lab for Theater, Film & Performance develops and produces new works of theater, film, and experimental performance that rouse political and social consciousness.


Lynea Diaz-Hagan, Director & Founding Artist of the ORO Arts Lab, is a writer, director, vocalist, composer, and installation artist based in San Francisco. A lover of storytelling and a long-time social activist, her artistic work often explores themes related to race, gender, social justice, and the environment. She recently received a 2019 Literary Artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission to write and produce the play The Paymaster’s Dream and, in 2018, received a CA$H Performs Grant from Theatre Bay Area to produce her play The Education of Addy Jiménez. In 2018, Lynea debuted her original musical theater work, Ocean, directed and developed by Katie Rubin. When not making art or spending time with her family, Lynea teaches writing and works with youth and adults as an educational consultant and certified EFT practitioner. Lynea holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, an MA in Jazz Studies/Voice from San Jose State University, and BA in English from Yale University.

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Alice Highman, Co-Director & Founding Artist of the ORO Arts Lab, is a writer, director, actor, and attorney based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also dabbles in photography. Alice is passionate about storytelling across mediums and is a firm believer in the power of art to move the needle and challenge the status quo. Alice’s recent onstage credits include The Misanthrope with Troupe Theatre, Pear Slices—an annual production of eight original one-act plays at the Pear Theatre—and Orange Julius with the San Francisco Olympians Festival. She also recently assistant directed A.C.T.’s Class of 2019 MFA Showcase (directed by M. Graham Smith). Alice is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied film production and international relations. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Liam Blaney - Director
Zoe Rose Curzi - Actor/Director
Devon DeGroot - Actor
Lynea Diaz-Hagan - Director
Joyce Domanico-Huh - Actor/Director
Perry Fenton - Actor
Johnny Gilligan - Actor
Alice Highman - Actor/Director
Aaron Royce Jones - Actor
Andrew Liang - Actor
Joey Prata - Actor
Alixandra Todd - Actor
Aubrey Wynn - Actor



We have just announced the inaugural community of Participant Artists for the 2019-2020 ORO Arts Labs. They are:




Emilee Banks
Lynea Diaz-Hagan
Joyce Domanico-Huh 
Johnny Gilligan 
Alice Highman 

Joey Prata 
Aaron Royce Jones


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The ORO Arts Lab for Theater, Film & Performance is fiscally sponsored by: