Brujos Profiles

These Chicago Brujos have a past you should read into


Growing up poor, brown and gay, Panfilo worked hard to get out of the hood and have a shot at a normal life. As head brujo of his coven, he might have to pass on life, liberty and the pursuit of a normal life when the pressures of leadership rise during the witch-hunt along with the body count. “Mind over freaky-ass, spooky, tragic matter” will become his mantra as he uses his telekinesis and everything he’s got to try and defeat the secret society behind the witch-hunt.

Magick SKills


Writer, Co-Director Ricardo Gamboa is an artist, activist and academic working in his native Chicago and New York City. Ricardo is the winner of numerous awards, fellowships and grants such as a MacArthur Foundation International Connections Award, Latino ImPACT Playwrights Award, and a McCracken Fellowship at New York University (NYU). This year, he was a finalist for Sundance Film Festival Latino Film Fellowship and Latino Screen Writing Project. He is a Critical Collaborations Fellow at NYU’s Global Network University (2016- 2018). In Chicago, he is a company member of Barrel of Monkeys, Southside Ignoramus Quartet and Free Street Theater. He is the founding Artistic Director of Teatro Americano and founding adult partner of the controversial youth ensemble The Young Fugitives. In New York, he was a fellow of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics EmergeNYC program and company member of the New York Neo-Futurists. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana; received his Master’s in Arts Politics from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in American Studies at NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. His short film The Southside Has Many Beauty Queens was winner of the Best Short at Chicago Latino Film Festival and his feature debut Maydays received standing-only crowds and critical praise from the festival.