Armando is a director and writer with a background in theater development. His recent directing credits include “The Long Road Today” by Jose Cruz Gonzalez at South Coast Repertory. “LA Views – Traffic Jam” by CoA Playwrights at Company of Angels. He also directed “Refugee Nation” by Leilani Chang & Ova Saopeng at Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC), ”Distracted” by Lisa Loomer at TheaterWorks, in Palo Alto, California, “Visitors Guide to Arivaca” by Evangeline Ordaz at Teatro Vision, San Jose, California and Company of Angels. “Hippie Mexicana aka Digging Rios” by Evangeline Ordaz at Borderlands Theater; “Sissy” by Ricardo Bracho at Company of Angels in Los Angeles, “Anna In The Tropics” by Nilo Cruz at PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria California; “Living Out” By Lisa Loomer at TheatreWorks and at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, “The Waiting Room” by Lisa Loomer at Company of Angels in Los Angeles, “Conjunto” by Oliver Mayer at Borderlands Theater Company in Tucson, Arizona, “Rocio” by Oliver Mayer at King King in Hollywood. Armando received national recognition from the NEA and the Theater Communications Group as a recipient of their Career Development Program for Directors. Before leaving to freelance as a director, Armando was a member of the Cornerstone Theater ensemble. Armando co-founded Latins Anonymous, the critically acclaimed Latino Comedy Group, whose plays were published by Arte Publico Press and continue to be performed nationally.
Armando’s other directing credits include “Magic Tricks,” “Mass Transit” and “Esther and the Exodus,” “Dolores Dilemma,” “Freak: Saint Plays” for Cornerstone Theater Company; The American Southwest Theater Company’s production of “Latins Anonymous;” “Ramona Roses,” at Theater of Note in Los Angeles (a one woman show about at risk youth in East Los Angeles), “Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist” at Highways in Santa Monica, and “The Case of the Strange Step Brother” for California Youth Theater. Armando also assistant directed Doug Wager at the Mark Taper Forum and Jo Bonny at Second Stage in New York. Armando also co-founded The Platform, a political cabaret that explored post riot Los Angeles as a community in crisis. The Platform performed at the Los Angeles Theater Center, Highways Performance Space, UCLA, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits (LACE).