2023 HOLA Awards Gala Benefit

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) cordially invites you to the 22nd HOLA Awards Gala Benefit to New York City. The ceremony will take place Monday, October 16th at the Legendary Edwin Booth’s home The Players NYC located at 16 Gramercy Park South.  The gala benefit honors top Latin/Hispanic talents who have shown excellence in performance art.

The HOLA Awards are considered among the most prestigious accolades dedicated to honor Latino Artists in the United States. This year we will recognize the extraordinary work of Broadway legendary director, choreographer, ten-time Tony Award and Drama Desk nominee Graciela Daniele, who will receive the HOLA 2023 Chita Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding artistic career. We will also be celebrating the internationally renowned director and choreographer, Sergio Trujillo, who made history as the first Latinx recipient of the Tony Award for Best Choreography. Additional 2023 HOLA Awardees include notable Broadway performers such as Linedy Genao (Bad Cinderella), Rosal Colón (Between Riverside and Crazy), and Angel Sigala (New York, New York), along with stage and TV star David Zayas (Cost of Living), media personalities TíoLouie (Prime Latino Media) and Manolo García Oliva, magician Antonio Díaz – El Mago Pop, opera star Nancy Fabiola Herrera, musician Paquito D’Rivera, journalist Juan Manuel Benítez, Washington D.C.’s GALA Hispanic Theater, and many others.

HOLA is pleased to formally announce the nominees for this year’s HOLA Awards, which include some of the finest talents in the industry. The recipients in each category will be officially revealed during the upcoming ceremony. We encourage you to secure your tickets promptly, as seating availability is limited.

To see the full list of nominees, please scroll down.

HOLA Awards 2023

HOLA CHITA RIVERA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Graciela Daniele

HOLA GRACIELA DANIELE EXCELLENCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD

Sergio Trujillo

HOLA LEÓN ICHASO AWARD

Paquito D’Rivera

HOLA ELIZABETH PEÑA BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST AWARD

Linedy Genao

HOLA CROSSOVER ARTIST AWARD

Antonio Díaz – El Mago Pop 

HOLA EXCELLENCE IN OPERA AWARD 

Nancy Fabiola Herrera

HOLA EXCELLENCE IN TELEVISION AWARD

Juan Manuel Benítez

HOLA EXCELLENCE IN THEATER AWARD

GALA Hispanic Theatre

HOLA EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA AWARD

TíoLouie/Louis E. Perego Moreno

Manolo García Oliva

HOLA EMERGING ARTIST AWARD

Angel Sigala

HOLA Excellence in Theater NOMINATIONS

GILBERTO ZALDÍVAR AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION

  • Bees & Honey – MCC Theater & The Sol Project
  • How to melt ICE – Boundless Theatre Company & New Perspectives Theatre Company
  • La Golondrina – Repertorio Español
  • Sancocho – Latinx Playwrights Circle, WP Theater & The Sol Project

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION IN MUSICAL THEATER

  • Aloha Boricua –  Pregones/PRTT
    Book and Lyrics: Jorge B. Merced, Music: Desmar Guevara & Jorge B. Merced, Additional Music & Lyrics: Anthony Carrillo & Rosalba Rolón, Director: Jorge B. Merced.
  • Desaparecidas – Chema Verduzco, Jaime Lozano & The Familia
    Music: Jaime Lozano. Lyrics: Jaime Lozano & Florencia Cuenca. Book: Georgina Escobar. Director: Florencia Cuenca. Choreographer: Gabriela Garcia. Music Direction: Jhoely Garay.
  • Quarter Rican – Pregones/PRTT
    Book: Gabriel Diego Hernández, Music and Lyrics: Rachel Elmer and Gabriel Diego Hernández, Dramaturgy and Direction: Jorge B. Merced, Live Beatbox & DJ music: Arabelle Luke.
  • The Crazy Adventures of Don Quixote – Teatro SEA
    Book, Music and Lyrics: Radamés Gavé & Manuel A. Morán. Vocal Arrangements: Jaime Lozano. Vocal Direction: Guillermo Vaisman. Choreographer: Daniel Fetecua.

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION IN SHORT FORMAT THEATER

  • Ana y Franco – Producciones La Mafia  / Microteatro SEA
  • Última Parada – Asier Kintana & Sandra Gumuzzio / Frenzy Fest
  • Un Chico Normal – Colectivo Un Chico Normal / FUERZAfest
  • Turbulencias – AKP Producciones / Microteatro SEA

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PLAYWRITING

  • Christin Eve Cato
    Sancocho (Latinx Playwrights Circle, WP Theater & The Sol Project)
  • Guadalís Del Carmen
    Bees & Honey (MCC Theater & The Sol Project)
  • Julissa Contreras
    Vámonos (INTAR Theatre)
  • Manolo Díaz
    Temporada de ciervos (IATI Theater)
  • Mariana Carreño King
    Truckers (INTAR Theatre)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

  • Antígona González
    Temporada de ciervos (IATI Theater)
  • Jorge B. Merced
    Quarter Rican (Pregones/PRTT)
  • Manuel A. Morán
    The Crazy Adventures of Don Quixote (Teatro SEA)
  • Mariano de Paco Serrano
    Fuente Ovejuna (Teatro Círculo)
  • Melissa Crespo
    Bees & Honey (MCC Theater & The Sol Project)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN THEATRICAL DESIGN

  • Aloha Boricua (Pregones/PRTT)
    Raúl Abrego & Jorge B. Merced: Set Design, Emmanuel Delgado: Lighting Design, and Oriana Sophia Lineweaver: Costume Design.
  • How to melt ICE (Boundless Theatre Company & New Perspectives Theatre Company)
    Raul Abrego: Set Design, María-Cristina Fusté: Lighting Design, Christopher Vergara: Costume Design, and Omayra Garriga: Props Design. 
  • Sancocho (Latinx Playwrights Circle, WP Theater & The Sol Project)
    Raul Abrego: Scenic Design, María-Cristina Fusté: Lighting Design, Germán Martínez: Sound Design, and Harry Nadal: Costume Design.
  • Vámonos (INTAR Theatre)
    Rodrigo Escalante: Scenic Design, Alberto Ruiz: Lighting Design, Germán Martínez: Sound Design, Jennifer Colón: Costume Design, and Stefania Bulbarella: Projections Design.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR

  • Daniel Irizarry – My Onliness (One-Eighth Theater, IRT Theater & The New Ohio Theatre)
  • Frances Lozada – Júlia de Burgos: Child of Water (Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company)
  • Juan Luis Acevedo – Fuente Ovejuna (Teatro Círculo)
  • Maria Fontanals – Fuente Ovejuna (Teatro Círculo)
  • Maribel Martínez – Bees & Honey (MCC Theater & The Sol Project)
  • Rafa Sánchez – La Golondrina (Repertorio Español)
  • Xavier Pacheco – Bees & Honey (MCC Theater & The Sol Project)
  • Zulema Clares – La Golondrina (Repertorio Español)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN MUSICAL THEATER

  • Broderick Clavery – Quarter Rican (Pregones/PRTT)
  • Gabriel Diego Hernández – Quarter Rican (Pregones/PRTT)
  • Gilberto Gabriel – Aloha Boricua (Pregones/PRTT)
  • Florencia Cuenca – Desaparecidas (Chema Verduzco, Jaime Lozano & The Familia)
  • Jei Fabiane – The Crazy Adventures of Don Quixote (Teatro SEA)
  • Kimberly Gómez – Aloha Boricua (Pregones/PRTT)
  • Sara Ornelas – Desaparecidas (Chema Verduzco, Jaime Lozano & The Familia)
  • Victoria Elena – The Crazy Adventures of Don Quixote (Teatro SEA)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Cesar J. Rosado – Vámonos (INTAR Theatre)
  • Isel Rodríguez – Malas Mañas (Repertorio Español & Teatro Público)
  • Iván Goris – La caída de Rafael Trujillo (Teatro Círculo)
  • Jacqueline Guillén – Truckers (INTAR Theatre)
  • Jomack Miranda – How to melt ICE (Boundless Theatre Company & New Perspectives Theatre Company)
  • Marlene Villafane – Júlia de Burgos: Child of Water (Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company)
  • Mauricio Martínez – Seis (Teatro Círculo & Corezon)
  • Verónica Falcón – Arden of Faversham (Red Bull Theater)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST

  • Cecilia Petrone & Marco Vega
    Temporada de ciervos (IATI Theater)
  • Joel Acosta, Gilberto Gabriel, Kimberly Gómez, Tristan Alek Hernández, Luis Herrera, Anna Cristina Malavé & Yasmin Sophia
    Aloha Boricua (Pregones/PRTT)
  • Mayelah Barrera, Cecilia Cantú, Florencia Cuenca, Indra Palomo, Sara Ornelas & Larissa Reyes Arzate
    Desaparecidas (Chema Verduzco, Jaime Lozano & The Familia)
  • Zuleyma Guevara & Shirley Rumierk
    Sancocho (Latinx Playwrights Circle, WP Theater & The Sol Project)

The winners in each category will be announced during the ceremony at The Players NYC on October 16, 2023. The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors will also present two special recognitions in the theatrical field:

HOLA SPECIAL RECOGNITION

  • David Zayas
    For his extraordinary Broadway performance in “Cost of Living”

HOLA SPECIAL RECOGNITION

  • Rosal Colón
    For her outstanding Broadway debut in “Between Riverside and Crazy”

HOLA would like to gratefully acknowledge Goya for their generous support towards our 2023 HOLA Awards Gala Benefit

HOLA would like to gratefully acknowledge Radio Drama Network for their generous backing of our 2023 programming supporting art that enriches our culture.