Getting to Know Ray Alva - Dallas Theater Center
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Getting to Know Ray Alva

 

 

 

 

What do you do as the Digital Media Manager at Dallas Theater Center?

As Digital Media Manager, I am responsible for the institution’s email communications, as well as creating content to share in marketing. 

What is your favorite aspect of the work you do?

My favorite part of what I do is being creative with the content I create. I’ve been editing for over ten years but I still learn something new every day. Technology trends, especially how new media is presented, change constantly. In a way, that helps me feel fresh any time I create something. Due to quarantine I’ve been able to access a new world in technology, and I think it’s going to play a big part in the future of Dallas Theater Center.

How did you find your way to theater?

I worked in corporate for a few years doing digital marketing, and one day decided I wanted to try something else. So, I saw a job opening for this company called Dallas Theater Center and thought “yolo, let’s see what happens,” and I’ve been employed here almost four years now. 

What part of the upcoming season are you looking forward to most?

I’m not sure how much we can announce right now, but we do have a very cool location for an upcoming production, and I’m VERY excited about that!

Kim Fischer in Frankenstein, photo by Karen Almond 

What’s your favorite production that you have been a part of?

My favorite production I’ve seen at Dallas Theater Center is Frankenstein, hands down. It was so good. It’s just so dark and eerie – it’s just…  *chef’s kiss.*

Cast members of Cabaret, photo by Karen Almond 

If you could see any show produced at Dallas Theater Center, what would it be?

There was a production of Cabaret at Dallas Theater Center before I started working here, and I hear about it almost every week. I think that would be a great one to witness.

You’re also really passionate about music. What can you tell us about being a music producer?

What started my journey into the digital media world is actually music. I’ve been producing music since high school, and I’ve been able to release my music on really cool record labels like Mixmash Records, Barong Family, and Insomniac Records. I’ve actually got some big plans with Insomniac so be on the lookout for that!

If people want to see you in action, how can they do that?

I DJ every Thursday on my Twitch channel, which you can find at https://twitch.tv/rayburger! I mainly play what is known as ‘Global Bass,’ which is an electronic dance style that fuses traditional regional rhythms with bass music. I primarily focus on Latin rhythms, which is essentially what I’ve become known for.

Are there any TV shows or movies you recommend people check out for their soundtracks?

Narcos Mexico. I love the show, and I love the soundtrack.

Do you have any fur family members you’d like to tell us about?

I’ve had two fur family members, my little guy Hammer and Snowball. Hammer is a dog and he lives with my parents. He’s the best. My fiance’s cat Snowball was with us for many years, and gave us lots of joy. She passed away last November, but she was so playful.

I heard you have a superpower. Can you tell us about it or are you forbidden to do so by your Kryptonian parents?

At the beginning of quarantine, I decided to finally grow my mullet. I’m not saying that having a mullet has allowed me to harness majestic powers from the extended universe, but I’m not not saying that.

If you won the lottery, what are the first five things you would do?

  • *Cry*
  • While I would never go public about it so as to not put myself or loved ones in danger, I’d still hire a cyber security team to protect my assets. I’ve seen the movies. 
  • Buy my fiance a castle and paint it pink, and then buy my family properties wherever feasible. 
  • Invest in crypto currencies, properties, and assets that would create more wealth. I’ve seen the movies.
  • *Cry, but rich*

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?

I’m currently playing the real life version Michael Peña, so it makes sense that he would play the movie version of my life.

Do you have any advice for people who don’t want to go onstage, but would like to be involved in the theater?

My advice for anyone trying to pursue anything is to remember the creed “you get out of life what you put into it.” Another essential quote of life is “don’t put Twinkies on your pizza.”

Is there anything I haven’t asked you about that you like to talk about?

Obviously not until it’s safe to do so, but travel abroad as often as you can. There’s a whole world out there to explore.