Area of Study
BFA in Drama, Acting
Class of 2023
Gerardo Navarro (he/him/his) is a proud Chicano, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. In a small and crowded living room in South Central LA, over delicious homemade dishes, bolts of joy, and endless laughter began his love and appreciation for telling and sharing stories.
For as long as he can remember he has been expressing himself through all forms of art and wasn’t going to wait for anyone to hand him an opportunity to do so. As one example, in elementary school, through the lens of his bright blue iPod touch, he was filming his very own series that he was releasing for his few “fans” on Facebook (his friends/family members). Starring himself and his two younger siblings as they fought against the alien apocalypse and evil twin brothers, his love for telling stories only continued to grow.
He spent the first half of his senior year studying abroad at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts while being enamored by the theater scene. He is drawn to playing strong and vulnerable characters in stories that send a meaningful message. Some of his favorites in particular include his role as the high-strung but loving Woyzeck in Carnegie Mellon’s production of the same name as well as the lost and passionate role of Miguel, which he originated, in the debut of “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” at the New Hazlett Theatre.
If you find him now, he’s likely capturing his life on film and photos, writing a script he will hope to produce in the coming months, or dancing to whatever song is playing. He’s always dancing!
He couldn’t stand before you now had he not had the support and endless love of his incredible family. His culture and ancestors have made him who he is today and he aspires to honor them with every role he steps into, every shot he captures, every project he directs, and every breath that he takes.