Charles Lago (Co-Founder) is a talent manager, and film and theater producer. He is currently personal manager to actors and has over the past few years managed (or currently manages) well known actors such as Tom Sizemore, Doug Hutchison, Robert Lasardo, Sally Kellerman, Bud Cort, David Proval, Britt Ekland as well as to personalities, Richard Hatch (Winner Survivor Season 1) Courtney Stodden (Social Media Influencer) Heidi Fliess, George Christie (former leader of The Hells Angels), Josh Flagg (BRAVO TV personality), and musician Bertie Higgins.
Charles’s journey began with “Authors on Tour” working with renowned authors including Arianna Huffington, John Dean, Mariel Hemmingway, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Gov. Anne Richards, Sen. George McGovern, Tommy Chong, Phillis Diller, Dennis Rodman, Ed McMahon, and many others. This eventually led to the formation of DTLA Entertainment Group, founded by Charles and partner Chris Johnson.
Having worked with many luminaries in the world of film, theater, and politics, DTLA expanded its business to include film production publishing and talent management.
Prior to “Authors on Tour” and “DTLA Entertainment Group”, Charles Lago was a successful theater producer, first in Palm Springs producing over a hundred plays/one-man shows followed by a seven-year stint in San Diego. In 2000, the San Diego Union-Tribune named Charles “one of the most prolific theater producers in San Diego.” Charles founded the well-known 6@Penn Studio and during his tenure at 6@Penn, Charles produced many one-man shows including Sherry Glaser’s Family Secrets (the longest-running one-woman show off-Broadway), Legendary Performance Artist Annie Sprinkle’s Herstory of Porn, David Schmader’s acclaimed one-man show, Straight, internationally-acclaimed solo performance artist Tim Miller’s one-man shows, and many other successful and well-reviewed plays.
Charles is also known for having revived and produced well-known satirist Quentin Crisp’s critically acclaimed one-man show, An Evening With Quentin Crisp and took Quentin on the road to several US Cities to perform his show to sold-out houses. In 1999 Charles arranged a six-city tour of the UK, which immediately sold out. Unfortunately, the night Quentin arrived in Manchester for his first show, he died peacefully in his sleep at age 90. All the performances went on as planned which offered a tribute to this unique personality who had a film starring John Hurt made about him, The Naked Civil Servant as well as a chart-topping song by Sting, An Englishman In New York.
He divides his time between Los Angeles and what he calls, his desert paradise of Palm Springs with his beloved doggie Max.
Ricky Borba (Co-Founder) a Sacramento resident for 11 years, having been born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been involved with film and television in one way or another, for the last 30 years. His feature‐film directorial debut, The Talking Tree, was filmed in the Sacramento area in 2018. The film brought together a cast of Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated talent, as well as employed a local crew of over 50 people. Ricky has also acted in numerous independent films, as well as hosted a nationally syndicated television show on the WB Network. In addition to directing, his other behind the camera talents include writing, producing and editing.
His credits include commercials and media for major companies such as Disney, The Game Show Network, Comcast, SMOSH, the city of Sacramento and IGN, just to name a few. Ricky now resides in Roseville, California with his wife and 5 children. He double majored at William Jessup University in Rocklin, and all of his animals are named after Star Wars characters.
BRYCE NICASTRO has taught as a Voice Teacher and Musical Director since 2013, following a musical career in professional theater, opera, and orchestras. At the age of four, Bryce picked up the Violin and continued his musical studies throughout high school when he switched his focus to singing and musical theater. This lead him to audition and be accepted to major music conservatories around the country such as Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes. After schooling in New York, his studies brought him back to California to major in Vocal Performance at UCLA where he earned leading roles in the main stage operas. Bryce’s desire to teach was influenced by his world-renowned voice teachers Cynthia Hoffmann (The Julliard School), Neil Rosenshein (Manhattan School of Music), Juliana Gondek (UCLA), Nina Warren, and also his Alexander Technicians Jean Luis Rodrigo (UCLA) and Kate Conklin (UCLA/Cirque Du Soleil). With these extraordinary instructors, Bryce moved to teach with students appearing in several professional productions in San Diego and Los Angeles county and accepted at schools such as UCLA and NYU.
Chris Johnson is a business executive, book publisher, and theater producer. As a publisher, he has published John W. Dean’s Blind Ambition: The End of the Story, BravoTV personality Josh Flagg’s Million Dollar Agent, Hollywood mega Producer Jonathan D. Krane’s The Art & Science of Filmmaking and School Emergency Management: A Practical Approach to Implementation written by Jeff Kaye.
In 2006, Chris started a business venture with Authors on Tour which provided author lectures and events to a variety of venues. This eventually led to the formation of DTLA Entertainment Group, founded by Chris and partner Charles Lago. Today, DTLA focuses include Talent Management, Publishing and Film Production.
At DTLA Chris oversees the Publishing side of things and works closely with our DTLA published authors. He is also actively involved in the film Production aspects primarily behind the scenes as a Producer.