What's your full name?

Francisco Galileo Lozano Batista. Or Paco.

How did you get involved with The Shelter?

There was a girl I had a crush on …

Why do you choose to be involved with Shelter?

Because it nurtures my soul, and artistically, I get everything I need. Not everything I want, but everything I need. When I’m able to leave my ego, pride and arrogance at the door and step in and be a part of an artistic family, I get an abundance that I don’t seem to get in [other places]. It’s a very unique place to bring your craft to and meet other artists.

When did you first realize you wanted to perform for a living?

When I saw the episode of The Wonder Years where they perform OUR TOWN and Kevin is the spotlight op and Paul is the stage manager. Winnie is the lead and Kevin holds her up in a very key moment when she goes up on her lines towards the end. Kevin’s connection with her through the spotlight brings her to life and the show goes on. I cried and knew then that I wanted to be a stage actor no matter what.

What is the one performance you’ll never forget?

I played the part of a Catholic Clerk and two other small roles in MOTHER COURAGE with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline and a bunch of other wonderful actors at Shakespeare in the Park for the Public in 2006. A lot of amazing things happened that summer. On our first night with an audience, the first preview, Meryl went up on her line in a scene with me. She had a very emotional scene right before [where] the body of her dead son is presented to her, and then immediately following that was our exchange — which was a sort of introduction to the next scene.

I remember her just staring at me, tears in her eyes, not saying anything. So instinctively, I improvised and said in a very smarmy way (’cause the Catholic Clerk was not a fan of Mother Courage), “What are you going to do? Are you going to stand there and just cry?” And she grabbed my collar and cocked her fist back and garbled some gibberish and got angry and continued on with the scene and it all came back to her. I remember walking off after the scene thinking I was going to get fired for improvising. But she just came right up to me after, gave me a big hug and kiss, and said “Thank you darling for saving me. I will never forget that.” Pretty sweet moment.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

Acting for a living and happy. Happy.