A Committed Family of Passionate Artist & Community Builders

Composed of Graphic designers, animators, directors, writers, performers and sound designers, Artists Ink is collaborative that encourages artists of all disciplines to come together and push the boundaries of traditional art and create work that builds community and inspires change.

The Artists Ink Team

Emily Morales-Ortiz

Founding Director - A performing artist, writer, producer and director raised in East Salinas, Emily has been active in the arts for the past 18 years.

Carlos L. Cortez

Programing Dirctor - A working artist in Salinas and all over California for 20 years. Carlos has worked in theaters throughout the Bay Area working with local and international artists.

Barbara Carballo

Administration Manager - Graduate of University of California, Davis. Barbara is the administrative manager, but also works as a stage manager and technical assistant in Artists Ink's various projects & productions

Yameli Manriquez

Outreach/Adminastrative Assistant

Dante Carballo

Editor, Sound & Light Technician - With over 15 years of experience, Dante is a theater technician, composer, performer, and sound engineer for various companies throughout the bay area.

Alejandro M Casanova

Marketing & Website Administrator

Juanita Vasquez

Graphic Designer & Creative Leader Mentor

Andres Ortiz

Creative Mentor - A graduate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a BFA in acting. Current Arts Education Manager for the Santa Cruz Arts Council and resident director with Artists Ink.

Board of Advisors

Raul Lara


Rosalinda Godinez

Professor at Hartnell College

Ana Barrera

Educator at EAHS

Veronica Pulido

Educator at Alisal High School

Joey Martinez


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