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DTC’s New Brierley Resident Acting Company Members

DTC’s Brierley Resident Acting Company has two new members—Daniel Duque-Estrada and Alex Organ. Duque-Estrada first met DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty in Providence, Rhode Island during rehearsal for King Lear at Trinity Repertory Company and Organ is a familiar face at DTC, having appeared in Fly By Night and A Christmas Carol.

“Danny and Alex are wonderful additions to our Resident Acting Company,” says Moriarty. “They will bring great skill, new ideas and fresh energy into our ten-member company of professional actors, whose work on our stage at DTC and throughout our community is so vital to the artistic health of theater in North Texas.”

Since you’ll be seeing a lot of these two this season, we thought you might want to learn a little more about them.

DTC: Where are you from?

Danny Duque-Estrada: San Francisco Bay Area, California

Alex Organ: Born in Arkansas. Grew up in Louisiana. High school in Houston. Houston is where my immediate family lives now.

DTC: What are three words that best describe you?

DDE: Between two cultures

AO: Next question please

DTC: When did you realize that theater/acting was for you?

DDE: At 14, at my very first audition. It was a high school production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I sang “Happy Birthday” in an empty theater and, even though it has scared me a lot over the years, I was never able to look back.

AO: I’d always done school plays, but it was John Proctor in The Crucible at age 16 that sealed the deal for me.

DTC: Who/what are some of your favorite actors/plays?

DDE: Favorite actors? Too many to mention. Marco Barricelli’s work as a stage actor and artistic director made me want to be an actor. I think Gary Oldman is the best we have. Dean Norris and Cate Blanchett come to mind. Favorite plays are even harder to trim down, but Othello, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Pillowman, and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot are the ones that have followed me since I read them.

AO: Actors – Tommy Lee Jones, Dianne Wiest, F. Murray Abraham, Amy Morton, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, James Black; Plays – Macbeth, Uncle Vanya, An Enemy of the People, Angels in America, Our Country’s Good, Hurlyburly, The Invention of Love

DTC: What was your first experience with Dallas Theater Center?

DDE: Auditioning for Kevin and Lee during the Providence, RI run of King Lear. I hoped that those two would want to work with me. It was the warmest and most relaxing audition I’d ever had.

AO: I taught in the SummerStage program in 2004, after my first year of grad school.

DTC: How did you react when Kevin offered you a position with the Resident Acting Company?

DDE: It was a physical reaction. Kevin and I talked in his office right after my callback audition and I just tried to keep my heart from exploding. I’m still living through the thrill of it.

AO: I was very excited. It’s a great job.

DTC: What are you most looking forward to about being in the Company?

DDE: Serving a community like Dallas that understands the value of the arts through not just my work as an actor but through the work I will be doing in the education and outreach programs as well.

AO: I’m most excited about working with the rest of the Acting Company.

DTC: Tell us a little about what we’ll be able to see you in this season.

DDE: I’ll be in four shows this season. First, I’ll play Fred in A Christmas Carol, then I’ll be playing Creon in Oedipus el Rey, and then I’ll also play roles in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, and Les Misérables.

AO: Right now I’m about to open Profanity at Undermain Theatre. My first show as a company member will be our new version of A Christmas Carol, playing Young Scrooge and a variety of other roles. After that I’ll be in The Fortress of Solitude and Les Misérables.

DTC: What do you do when you’re not on stage or in rehearsal?

DDE: I write a lot. At the moment, I’m working on a screenplay and a play. And I love to cook. I always say: had I not been an actor, I would have been a chef.

AO: Teaching, voiceover work, cooking, reading, movies, fantasy football

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