The LOLA leadership team is comprised of Latinas and allies from various arts backgrounds. Through our cumulative life experiences we recognize the misrepresentation of our community in society and strive to mold how we are portrayed in a new light.
Producer & Artistic Director
Dance To Power
Ana Masacote is an award-winning dancer, performer, and womanpreneur who passionately believes that through dance, we can facilitate social change within communities. She is the co-founder of Masacote Entertainment and has spread the salsa bug to more than 30 countries across five continents.
Ana was a recipient of the 2015 New England Salsa Music Award for lifetime achievement in dance, an alumna of the 2015 Goldman Sachs 10KSB National Program, and holds a bachelor's in Management Science from MIT in Cambridge.
Digital Strategist & Connectivity Manager
Chica Project, COMPASS, Wag!, Urbanity
Amanda is Nuyorican graduate from Lesley University with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a specialization in Dance Movement Therapy. Her culturally responsive approach to the arts in healing heavily influences her work coordinating the expressive arts programming at Chica Project, working as Urbanity’s Urban and World Dance Artist/Movement Mends Professional, Family Clinician at Compass, and of course, serving as Yo Soy LOLA's Connectivity manager!
Recently Amanda has presented at conferences such as the New England Dance Therapy Association conference (2018), Community of Scholars Day (2018), and led workshops such as the Express Yourself series, and inservice trainings at various community organizations. When Amanda isn’t out trying to make an impact in her community, she spends her time walking dogs, taking dance classes, and making art.
Carla M. Sanchez
Sound Coordinator & Art Gallery Curator
Nonotuck Resource Associates, Inc.
Carla Sanchez received a bachelors of fine arts in cinema arts and sciences, while attending Columbia College Chicago. Her concentration in screenwriting and background in dance, singing, and fashion allows her to work in a variety of mediums to showcase her work. Carla has produced several art shows/galleries. She is excited to help bring Yo Soy LOLA to life!
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Bev received her BFA in Theatre Arts and Minor in Dance from Boston University. Her favorite creative projects are collaborative ventures that ask questions surrounding culture, identity, social justice and social norms. Her senior thesis, AXIS, an original, devised movement theater and lighting design piece, is a manifestation of a few of such questions. Yo Soy LOLA has given Bev a community that she never knew she deserved, needed, or could find. She is currently based in Washington D.C., pursuing a Juris Doctorate degree.
David graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Government. He aims to tackle society's problems by developing effective public policy, establishing effective community partnerships, engaging in ground level advocacy, and through education. Having worked in the government and non-profit sectors, David strives to connect individuals and communities to the resources they need to succeed. He is an ally with a passion for education and serves as LOLA’s copy editor, working to share LOLA’s message to the Boston community.
Tatiana Isabel Gil
Tatiana Isabel is a Boston-based actor, playwright, and dramaturg with a passion for new work development, devised work, telling undertold stories, and coffee. After studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York City, Tatiana moved to Boston to pursue her undergraduate degree at Boston University.
She graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in theatre arts. Her hobbies include reading Latinx writers such as Junot Diaz, Diane Guerrero, and Pablo Neruda, watching foreign films, hiking, yoga, and going on New England adventures.
Masacote Ent., Hyde Square Task Force
Angeline Egea began her formal dance training in her native Colombia with ballet at the age of five, and flamenco at the age of 14. She performed and competed with the Julie de Donado Flamenco Dance and Theater Companies. She moved to Boston in 2008, where she won various ballroom competitions and received a teacher-training diploma from Extreme Dancesport Academy.
Angeline is now a coach at The Masacote Dance School and the Afro-Latin dance specialist and resident artist at Hyde Square Task Force. She believes dance is a wonderful vehicle through which people can better express and connect with themselves.
Originally from Russia, Svetlana emigrated to the DC metro area when she was young. She holds a double major in Theatre and German from New York University and is a certified instructor of English as a Foreign Language. She works as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, and has experience in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, Argentine tango, hip-hop, and urban styles. Apart from creativity and linguistics, her passions lie in community outreach, travel, and the fine arts. With her work, she hopes to incite change by sparking conversations, fostering empathy, and bolstering cultural diffusion between communities.
Social Media Intern
Gianny Mojica was born in Salem and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing her B.S. Degree in Marketing at UMass Dartmouth.