In The Heights


Meet CSU Channel Island’s student cast

AJ Hererra


AJ Herrera (Usnavi): Is a Performing Arts Major at CSU Channel Islands. He’s excited to be telling this story of Washington Heights with this amazing cast. He’d like to thank his family and friends for all their support.

TJ Ramirez


TJ (they/them) is so excited to play Nina. They would like to dedicate this performance to their dad, a Dominican who grew up in New York and was also restless to climb.

Tyler Meyers


Ty is honored to be in his first CSUCI production. He has performed in a variety of shows and has enjoyed working with this wonderful cast on this amazing show.

Madeline Boyd


Maddie is a double major in theatre and communications. She’s so proud to represent this beautiful culture and community. Many thanks to her family and friends for always supporting her dream.

Jalen Moody


Jalen Elijah Moody is a biology major. Before this show he was in the Masts production and Importance of Being Earnest at CI.  He has numerous credits and is excited to be in his first musical at CI.

Melina Ortega


Melina is excited to be playing Vanessa, her first lead role in a musical production. Le gustaria darle las gracias a su familia por siempre apoyarla. Thank you mom!

DJ Martinez Sonny

DJ is a Perfomring Arts Major, Music Emphasis. He plays guitar and is excited for the new challenge as a musical actor. He believes it’s a huge blessing to be a part of ITH.

Cristy Rodriguez Rivas ABUELA CLAUDIA

Cristy is a double major in Communication and Performing Arts. She’s thrilled to be a part of this cast! She’d like to thank her friends, familia, and professors for their paciencia y fe and hopes you enjoy the show.

Andreya Martinez DANIELA

Andreya is  a junior majoring in theatre. She’s been involved in theatre since 2002. Her experience spans acting, directing, and tech. Andreya would like to thank her directors for this amazing opportunity.

Summer Hatae CARLA

Summer is honored to be a part of bringing the community of Washington Heights to life. She would like to dedicate to those who have helped her along this journey.

India Vargas-Pile GRAFFITI PETE

India is  Junior, Performing Arts Major wwith a Dance Emphasis. . Her love of performing started at the age of 5 and has continued her journey on stage. she is excited to be in her 1st production of ITH.

Dilan Jahries PIRAGUERO

Dilan is a senior majoring in Psychology. This will be his first production at CSU Channel Islands and he is extremely excited to be part of the show! Dilan wants to thank his parents and friends for their continued love and support through his life!

Dustin Ariola ENSEMBLE

Dustin is a Georgia native, pursuing a business degree with an emphasis in marketing. When he’s not torturing his friends with the Hamilton soundtrack, he enjoys going on hikes, hitting the gym, and embarking on random adventures. In the Heights is his first musical production, and he is very excited to finally be in the limelight.

Rachel Bialkin ENSEMBLE

Rachel Bialkin in a Sophomore at CI studying Communications. She has been in countless musicals and taken leading roles in shows such as Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and Carousel. She is happy to be a part of the In the Heights cast!


Liam is a senior at Channel Islands majoring in Studio Art. Before this semester Liam had no previous experience in performing arts. He considers all his cast members as family.


Irene Flores, Dance ensemble and role as Yolanda. She’s a Performing Arts Major and Sociology Minor. She has performed in Arts Under the Stars (AUTS) in 2017 & 2018.


Brittany Herring is a Pre-Nursing major and a Performing Arts Major with a Dance Emphasis at CSUCI. She is in the Dance Ensemble and playing the role of Yolanda. This is her first musical production and she cant wait to show the hard work the cast, crew, and directors put into this show.

Steven Holguin ENSEMBLE

Steven Holguin is a proud sophomore at Channel Islands. He is excited to be a part on this cast. Steven is also in the ensemble and really encourages everyone to make a solid performance! This is his first performance and he is ready to go!

Kassandra La Guisa-Reidman ENSEMBLE

It is Kassandra’s 5th year at CSUCI & 1st musical theater production. She is majoring in Liberal Studies & minoring in PA Dance. She has danced over 19 years, with 3 years in Show Choir.

Isabelle McBain ENSEMBLE

Isabelle McBain is a performing arts major and is exited to be performing in her first musical. She thanks everyone involved in the production and her family and friends.

Julie Mc Horney ENSEMBLE

Julie McHorney is sophomore majoring in Environmental Science. She is happy she finally gets to jump back into her singing and dancing roots as a member of the ensemble. She is so excited to be a part of the amazing cast that is Channel Island’s rendition of In The Heights.

Gissele Mora


Hi! my name is gissele mora, I am a sophomore here at CI and I double major in History and Performing arts and a Minor in Music. I am honored to be apart of such an amazing cast and crew and can’t wait to share the amazing work we all put together!

Isaac Ortiz ENSEMBLE

I am Isaac A. Ortiz. I’m a 4th year at CSUCI and my greatest passion have been working in the arts of Film & Theatre (Both Plays and Musicals) which makes me a Performing Arts Major and a minor in Studio Art. In the production of “In the Heights” I will be playing the character of a mailman who is part of the ensemble team.

Sara Ruiz


Sara Ruiz is a Political Science/Performing Arts Double Major. She is grateful for the opportunity to connect with her culture on stage and to grow in all aspects of the creative process. Thank you to her friends, boyfriend, and family for always supporting her.

Tyler Sawyer EBSEMBLE


Rianna Smith ENSEMBLE

Rianna Smith is thrilled to be in this years production. Rianna will graduate December with a Biology degree. She’s been in Guys & Dolls (Sara Brown), Cinderella (Ugly Stepsister), and more!


Claira Speight is thrilled to be playing club girl, and ensemble in In the Heights. Also excited to be dance captain for the production. Claira is a Performing Arts Major with an emphasis in Dance. She has also performing in and choreographed for other CSUCI shows including Arts Under the Stars.

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