Meet the Crew: Angel Veza, Fight Director and Movement Specialist

Meet Angel, who has not only choreographed all of the fights in this show (including an over-the-top giant ninja robot battle!) but has also taught our actors movement (like tango and racquetball!)

If theatre is not your full-time job, what do you do on the side? What do you enjoy about it and how does it connect to your life in the theatre?
I work in the Development Department  at City on a Hill Charter Public School in Roxbury, MA. I’m the Admissions Coordinator and support all fundraising efforts. I love my job because I get to help students and their parents through the application and enrollment process at City on a Hill, which can be overwhelming for many of the families we serve. There’s a lot of great high schools out there, but I know City on a Hill has definitely changed lives for some of our students. One day I called a student to tell her she had been accepted to City on a Hill. She literally screamed. She thanked me and told me I saved her life. If she didn’t get the offer to City on a Hill, she would have had to attend one of the lower-performing high schools in Boston, and she knew that this acceptance would help her get to college.  Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way to directly connect my job with theatre yet. The whole experience has been both draining and exhilarating. I love it.

What is the best story you have from a first date? (can be a terrible first date, or maybe the best one ever!)
My best first date was with a lead guitarist from a band. He performed at a fundraiser I hosted. On our first date, he cooked me a three-course meal. Everything was from scratch and executed beautifully. Seriously, the presentation was lovely and the food was delicious. He was interesting, intelligent, talented, and  clearly a great cook. Conversation was never dull; he made me laugh; and there wasn’t a single awkward moment… It was the perfect first date.

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
Joseph Gordon Levitt. He’s so talented and charming. Plus, have you seen him smile? Those dimples!

Do you think celebrating Valentine’s Day is corny?
Nope. Some of my most treasured memories were created while celebrating Valentine’s Day. Plus, with the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, it’s nice to have a day that reminds all of us to take some time to really love and appreciate the people in your life.

What is the best gift you ever received from a significant other?
The best present I ever received from a significant other was a piece of artwork he made while he was working at GE Aviation. He took parts of a plane and welded the most beautiful sculpture I had ever seen. It had these little details that touched on everything significant in my life – from the unforgettable moments we shared to the things I’m most passionate about like education. What was really creative was how he included pipes from a jet engine to be used as vases for flowers. I love flowers. It was the most thoughtful and gorgeous present.

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ANGEL VEZA (Fight Director) makes her Vagabond Theatre debut. She recently served as Dr. Langsner’s Assistant Fight Director at the American Repertory Theatre and at Company One on The Lily’s Revenge and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, respectively. Her recent acting credits include: Within The Lines (Urbanity Dance Company), The Problem, and The Jumbonaut Combat Showcase (Tufts University) as well as industrials with ZoomTilt and Steadman Productions. Angel is the Admissions Coordinator and Development Assistant at City on a Hill Charter Public High School.  She is a recent graduate of Tufts University and has also trained at the Vampire Cowboys Rabid Vamps Fight Studio in NYC.

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