DominiRican Productions’ mission is to see People of Color on both sides of the camera. We aspire to create content that represents the underrepresented and create opportunities for marginalized communities. Along with producing and developing our own work, our production company also seeks to collaborate with other organizations and visionaries who also seek to empower marginalized communities through their art.

THE TEAM

Pierre Jean Gonzalez
Pierre Jean GonzalezCo-Founder | Co-Partner

Pierre Jean Gonzalez is a stage, film and television actor, director, and producer. He is also an advocate for Latinx and LGBTQ+ visibility and inclusion.  He is currently portraying the role of Alexander Hamilton in the national Philip Touring Company production of Hamilton.  He also maintains an active schedule of speaking appearances most recently in Ottawa at an event co-organized by The Embassy of the United States and Capital Pride.

Pierre was recently named Best Actor at the Philadelphia Theater Critics Awards.  BroadwayWorld reviewed his performance writing “Pierre Jean Gonzalez as Alexander Hamilton brought a self-assuredness and intensity to the role, often a grounding presence on stage as the controlled chaos of the ensemble swirled around him. While Lin-Manuel Miranda’s original incarnation of Alexander Hamilton exploded with the lovably awkward, overexcited energy of the smartest kid in class, Gonzalez gave off the feeling as Alexander Hamilton that he could, and would, fight anyone, not just in a battle of wits, but in a physical one as well, and win. It was as if his Hamilton was thinking, ‘Who has time for humor when there is so much to prove to the world?’”

A 2020 Best Actor winner of NBC’s 2nd Annual Nosotros Ya Tu Sabes Monologue Slam, Pierre’s television credits include NCIS:NOLA, FBI, Gotham, The Mysteries of Laura, The Detour and POSE. Some of his favorite theater credits include the role of Usnavi de la Vega in In The Heights and Mace in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.

Pierre founded DominiRican Productions in 2020 with his fiancé, fellow actor, Cedric Leiba Jr out of a need to see more Afro-Latinx and Queer representation behind and in front of the camera. 

The Advocate selected Cedric and Pierre as “Champions of Pride 2021” in recognition of their mission with DominiRican Productions to create opportunities for Afro-Latinx and Indigenous Latinx representation in TV and film in the rooms making the casting decisions, in the writers’ rooms, on-screen and in the director’s chair. 

Good Morning America similarly included Cedric and Pierre in their “Inspiration List 2021” of people making LGBTQ+ history.  Nominated by Nicco Annan, who wrote, “They remain collaborative visionaries that continue to create for those who so often don’t see themselves on stage or the big screen. Their projects illuminate a part of our community that deserves more light. Two promising trailblazers bringing healing and much-needed conversations.”

In the Spring of 2021, Pierre produced and starred in DominiRican Production’s second narrative short film “American Made” alongside his Hamilton cast mate Jared Dixon. The film is currently being submitted to film festivals. 

DominiRican Productions was selected to feature “Rhythm Is Gonna Get Who?,” directed by Pierre, in the Latino Film Market Festival, the BiteSize Film Festival and won Best LGBT Short Film at the Uruvatti International Film Festival. Along with “Rhythm Is Gonna Get Who?,” “release,” also directed by Pierre, was selected for Queer 2 Queer Fest, BiteSize Film Festival, Cherry Grove Archives Collection Film Festival and received an Honorable Mention at the London Seasonal Short Film Festival. “release” won Best NYC Film at the NYC Downtown Film Festival, the Gold Award at the Hollywood Gold Awards, Best Experimental Short at the Fargo Moorhead LGBT Film Festival, Best Experimental Short at the Uruvatti International Film Festival and Best Experimental Film and Best LGBTQ Film at the Florence Film Awards. 

Pierre received his BFA in Acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Pierre was born in the Bronx and continues to make NYC his home.

@pierrlito

Cedric Leiba Jr
Cedric Leiba JrCo-Founder | Co-Partner

Cedric Leiba Jr is an award-winning stage, film and television actor, singer, dancer, writer and producer. He has toured the U.S. and Canada with theatrical productions of Rent and Miss Saigon as well as performed at the prestigious Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in a production of Carmen la Cubana. 

Featured on the soundtrack of Spielberg’s West Side Story, Cedric’s TV/FILM credits include HBO’s High Maintenance, Fashion One Television’s The Switch and movies Millie and the Lord, Elliot Loves and playing the lead role of Manny in the 2020 Tribeca Nominated Best Narrative Short Gets Good Light. In the fall of 2022, Cedric was be a part of history and was featured in Universal Pictures’ BROS.

In 2020, Cedric reached the milestones of releasing original music under his singer/songwriter name Ceddy and founding DominiRican Productions, a production company, with his fiancé Pierre Jean Gonzalez.

The Advocate selected Cedric and Pierre as “Champions of Pride 2021” in recognition of their mission with DominiRican Productions to create opportunities for Afro-Latinx and Indigenous Latinx representation in TV and film in the rooms making the casting decisions, in the writers’ rooms, on-screen and in the director’s chair.

Good Morning America similarly included Cedric and Pierre in their “Inspiration List 2021” of people making LGBTQ+ history.  Nominated by Nicco Annan, who wrote, “They remain collaborative visionaries that continue to create for those who so often don’t see themselves on stage or the big screen. Their projects illuminate a part of our community that deserves more light. Two promising trailblazers bringing healing and much-needed conversations.” DominiRican Productions was selected to feature “Rhythm Is Gonna Get Who?” in the Latino Film Market Festival, the BiteSize Film Festival and won Best LGBT Short Film at the Uruvatti International Film Festival. Along with “RIGGW?,” “release,” an experimental short inspired by Cedric’s poem, was selected for Queer 2 Queer Fest, BiteSize Film Festival, Cherry Groves Archive Collection Film Festival and received an Honorable Mention at the London Seasonal Short Film Festival. “release” has won Best NYC Film at the NYC Downtown Film Festival, the Gold Award at the Hollywood Gold Awards, Best Experimental Short at the Fargo Moorhead LGBT Film Festival, Best Experimental Short at the Uruvatti International Film Festival and Best Experimental Film and Best LGBT Film at the Florence Film Awards.

Cedric has performed regionally and Off-Broadway in such houses as The Public and The Old Globe, and has been favorably reviewed by The New York Times in Goodspeed’s La Cage Aux Folles, New Haarlem Arts’ Sweet Charity and The Lucille Lortel’s Yellow Brick Road. A proud Afro-Boricua, Gay artist, Cedric is an ensemble member of Pregones/PRTT as well as Bombazo Dance Company where he showcases his Afro-Latinx roots as well as represent the LGBTQ+ community through his art. 

A 2022 and 2021 Featured Poet in the Latino Book Review, Cedric received a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University and a MFA from The Boston Conservatory.  Cedric was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and currently resides in New York City.

@ceddynyc

Steven Luna
Steven LunaCo-Partner | Director of Photography

Steven Luna (pronouns: he/they) is a filmmaker, cinematographer, writer, and an arts educator. His work is based in love and the empathetic interpretation of Light and experiences, with a focus on uplifting and documenting marginalized voices and youth experiences, as absolutely paramount in creating new realities for humanity. Tapping into elements of memory, nostalgia, and familiarity, Steven hopes to showcase the ways in which light can transcend ideology and time to reveal new spaces for marginalized peoples. Empathy is at the core of Steven’s artistic practice, used as the main investigative drive of delivering new futures and new histories, through words, moving and/or still images, and education.

Steven’s graduate films, such as Cut and To Be Heard, have screened in film festivals and art exhibits in the U.S. and internationally. Cut won a Global Film Accolade Award and To Be Heard screened in an Oscar-qualifying festival and was a semi-finalist for Screencraft’s Diverse Voices in 2018. Steven acquired his MFA from Emerson College in Boston in 2019.

Steven continues to book work on a variety of projects: documentary, narrative, commercial-based, music videos, etc. Steven also works on multiple personal projects: writing, capturing photos, experimental and documentary footage for installation and exhibition purposes, most recently showcasing their work at the 103rd Annual Bendheim Exhibit, 433 Magazine, and as part of the Artist’s Literacies Institute project called the Artist’s Grief Deck.

As an education designer and educator, Steven currently works with the Institute of Contemporary Art’s teen program called the Artist and Writer’s Collective in Boston, MA. Steven has taught at CCTV, AS220, Rhode Island College, and Emerson College. Steven is currently in pre-production on a variety of projects, and screening his short documentary shot in Bolivia about an Indigenous Autonomous Government.

@stevenbluna