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 (she/her), Founding Artist of the ORO Arts Lab, is a writer, director, vocalist/composer, and performer based in San Francisco. Born and raised in a rural town and the descendant of both slaves and Spanish colonialists, her artistic work often explores themes related culture clash and the environment. In 2019, she was assistant director to Susi Damilano on Groundhog Day-The Musical at San Francisco Playhouse and has independently produced and directed work at Counterpulse and SAFEHouse Arts. Lynea is the recipient of a 2019 Literary Artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, a 2018 CA$H Performs Grant from Theatre Bay Area, and 2016 and 2014 artist residencies and grants from the North Street Arts Collective (Mendocino County) for sound/multimedia installation. 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.

Alice Highman, 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.

Emilee Banks, Participating Artist, is a writer, director, producer, and actor who works in both theater, film, and radio. She is also a creative director and has helmed campaigns for a wide variety of clients, from start-ups to fortune-500 companies. She believes that creating art is life’s greatest honor — it is an opportunity to reflect the essence of humanity with empathy, sensitivity, and respect. She received her B.A. from Xavier University, where she majored in International Studies.