The Overtime Theater board of directors announced on January 6 that local actor, writer and director Jade Esteban Estrada will take the helm as the organization’s artistic director. Estrada succeeds William Razavi who resigned in November.
The Overtime Theater opened in 2007. According to its website, it “produces works focusing on playwrights in and around San Antonio. Offering content that appeals to a wide variety of patrons, we specialize in world premieres of new, never-before-seen works as well as unconventional adaptations of old classics.
“I look forward to … joining the board, staff and creative team to make this season a productive and memorable one,” Estrada said in a statement. “I would like to thank the Board of Directors for entrusting me with this important work.
Estrada’s multifaceted career spans theater, film, television, comedy, choreography and burlesque. And, despite a program of trips and performances that would strain most artists, Estrada still found the time to give theater lessons, to write the Glitter Political column for the San Antonio Current and serve as the co-editor of the San Antonio Sentry, a local news and entertainment site.
A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, Estrada has directed and choreographed theatrical productions in more than 20 countries.
A major part of Estrada’s career has been writing and performing in one-man shows. In 2002 he made his debut Icons: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, vol. 1 and in 2006 had followed that up with two sequels. Some of his other pieces include Gay Christian, Gay Muslim, Gay Jew; Pico de gallo; and A Lullaby for Ryan: The Story of HIV / AIDS in America.
“You should definitely not miss … artist Jade Esteban Estrada, who has made a career of one-man shows in which he plays various historical homosexual figures,” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram written in 2008.
In recent years, Estrada has staged three burlesque plays at the Overtime Theater: Sinderella and glass zipper; Madame X: a burlesque fantasy; and How burlesque saved Christmas. He also created burlesque adaptations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Mask of the Red Death, and Nutcracker.
Estrada’s range and flexibility as an artist are his greatest strengths and the source of accolades. After seeing his 2013 solo performance by Mike Daisey The agony and ecstasy of Steve Jobs at the Woodlawn Theater, Deborah Martin, theater critic for the San Antonio Express-News, wrote: “Jade Esteban Estrada knows how to grab an audience and hold it in the palm of her hand.”
“Jade Esteban Estrada is the very essence of Overtime Theater,” Nicole Erwin, Overtime CEO, said in a press release. “I have always admired the way he led his career as a creative artist who forged his own path through comedy, music and theater. He makes bold choices and isn’t afraid to try new and different things. We think Jade is a perfect fit for us because he embodies our mission. We are delighted to welcome him as the new face of the Overtime Theater. ”
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