Pedro Rivas immigrated to the United States at the age of 5. His family established themselves in rural Fresno County in the small town of Mendota, California. Pedro made his debut as a performer at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he was heavily involved with Rainbow Theatre and the African American Theatre Arts Troupe. After receiving his B.A. in Theatre Arts from The University of California Santa Cruz, he returned to his community of Mendota. His newfound passion motivated him to inspire and transform his own hometown using the power of theatre. He founded Aqua Viva Teatro in 2007, and is currently the Artistic Director. Pedro has written 6 original plays, as well as 6 others collaboratively with others to help them tell their stories, express their beliefs, and create change through theatre arts. He has directed 16 shows from the fields of the Central Valley to the concrete streets of the Bay Area, working with actors of all ages and backgrounds. Today, Pedro is a teaching artist, playwright, and director. He currently lives in East Palo Alto and works to create theatrical opportunities for communities in the Bay Area.