Point of View

April 26, 2010, 2:10 am
Filed under: Rock Odyssey

Joshua Dobarganes, one of the cast members in the Adrienne Arsht Center’s production of Rock Odyssey, has spent his entire life in Miami-Dade County as a student and an actor.  His family moved around so much that by the age of 14, he had been a student at E.W.F.  Stirrup Elementary, Jack D. Gordon Elementary, Richmond Heights Middle, and Herbert A. Ammons Middle.  One consistent part of Joshua’s life was theater.  

Fifth grade presentations and school pageants were the starting point.  Middle school brought elective theater classes, school awards and being a part of the theater group from his school that won first place at Junior Thespian competitions at both the District and State level.   By the 8th grade, theater was much more than a hobby and his interest prompted Joshua to audition for the newly-formed magnet program at South Miami Senior High.  Once he got into the Fine Arts magnet, he never looked back.

After high school, Joshua spent a year working in theater for young audiences at Actor’s Playhouse before being admitted into the BFA theater program at Florida International University.  His local credits include work with Actor’s Playhouse, Fantasy Theater Factory, and now the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Learning Through the Arts production of Rock Odyssey.  In partnership with Miami-Dade County Public School system, the Learning Through the Arts program will bring more than 26,000 Miami-Dade County fifth graders to the Center, free of cost, to experience a live, fully staged theatrical show over the course of two weeks, beginning April 27th.

Joshua will be playing Ajax and Melanthius in Rock Odyssey and understudies the roles of Zeus, Aeolus, and Telemachus.  He says the experience has taught him so much, has given him the opportunity to become an Equity actor, and will help him transition into the next phase of his acting career in New York.  When asked how this experience of working with a world class production and creative team will contribute to his career he said, “being a part of this production has given me all the tools I need to move on to the next step.”


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