Meet The 2019-2020 B.A.A. Winners

Janina Colucci

JRAY 2019-2020 BAA Actress of the Year

Janina is a self-described “fun and well rounded actor, dancer, and singer.”  She is represented by the Central Artists talent agency commercially and theatrically.

Having just graduated from John Burroughs High School in Burbank, Janina is now pursuing her B.A. in Dramatic Arts with an Acting emphasis at USC.  In 2019 she was a JRAY nominee for her role as Anita in West Side Story (Supporting Actress), a role which also saw her recognized as a Jimmy Award Nominee and a winner at the Jerry Herman Awards!  

 

Of course, this year, she is the JRAY BAA Actress of the Year for 2020, and she will be travelling to New York City next summer to showcase her talents in the Broadway Artists Alliance Summer Workshop.”I will continue to audition for theatrical roles and participate in as many artistic projects that call to me as possible…  I don’t want to limit myself and get stuck in the mindset of only sticking to one “lane” in the arts. I am super excited to continue my journey in the industry and I will continue to push myself to become the best artist that I can be.” 

In her free time, Janina enjoys songwriting, reading, yoga and a healthy lifestyle.

Aidan Ramirez

JRAY 2019-2020 BAA Actor of the Year

Aidan is humbled to have been recognized for his role as Usnavi in California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley’s production of In the Heights. Last year, Aidan was honored with a JRAY 2019 Best Supporting Actor nomination for his portrayal of Davey in CSArts-SGV’s production of Newsies. In 2019, Aidan also passionately and proudly represented his Newsies cast by performing in the opening act of the 2019 Jerry Herman Awards held at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre.

“When I was a sophomore at Walnut High School, I was scrolling through Spotify and found “In the Heights? What the heck is that?” 

I. Fell. In. Love. Lin-Manuel Miranda has become the imaginary father-figure that I’ve never had. His genius music and lyrics and shoutouts to hip-hop, writing his own shows where he could be the lead, his social activism, and his amazing, creative brain. This man became my idol.   Fast-forward to my senior year at CSArts-SGV, they announced the all-school musical…In the Heights. I got the call from my mother at eight in the morning and I immediately jumped out of bed and practiced for that audition all summer long before the school year even started. This was my chance. Seeing that cast album at the beginning of my journey and being inspired and motivated by Lin-Manuel Miranda nothing was going to stop me from auditioning. I had to take a shot.” 

Natalie Hill- JRAY 2019-2020 BAA Scholarship Recipient

Hayden Kharrazi- JRAY BAA Scholarship Recipient