“Pose” star Jason Rodriguez is partnering with his longtime manager Ricardo Sebastián to form a new talent agency with a mission to elevate BIPOC, queer and trans creative talent. The new company has been dubbed Arraygency and will be based in New York City. It is now accepting submissions for representation.
In a joint statement, Rodriguez and Sebastián said, “As BIPOC queer creatives and business owners we knew we had a unique opportunity to create a specialized — and much needed — service for members of our community. We have a deep, and personal, understanding of their talents and voices and it is our hope to bring these people center stage and allow them to shine as bright as possible.”
The agency is being formed as the theater, film and television industries are under more pressure to expand the range of voices they amplify and to make more plays, movies and shows by BIPOC, queer and trans creators. Arrayagency says it is “placing an important and specific spotlight on equity, diversity, and inclusion to better meet the needs of BIPOC, queer and trans creatives in the entertainment industry and ensure equal access to opportunities for all.”
Rodriguez starred for three seasons as Lemar in the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated television series “Pose,” which recently wrapped up its acclaimed run. In addition to his on-screen work in the show, he also shared his expertise with the cast as movement coach and choreographer. Born and raised in Washington Heights, N.Y., Rodriguez has become synonymous with the art form of voguing. He has taught vogue across the U.S. and the world and currently teaches at various schools and institutions throughout New York City. In addition to “Pose,” Rodriguez has been seen on Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down” on Netflix, “Saturday Church” and on HBO’s “The Deuce.”
Sebastián is a longtime small business owner and community organizer who recently came out as nonbinary. They have dedicated their career to supporting creatives and nonprofit organizations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Paris, London and Australia. Past clients include Gage John Lazare, Mamma Cuisine, Julius LaCour, Diego Montoya and Habitat for Humanity New York City. Sebastián began managing Jason Rodriguez in 2019.