Rules and eligibility

Since 1999, the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors has been holding its annual Gala, recognizing the top Hispanic talent and their achievements in theater, film, TV, and digital media. In this year 2022, we will continue our annual tradition, honoring the best of Latin/Hispanic performing artists of the U.S.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR OUR THEATER AWARDS?

HOLA is at the forefront, recognizing the high-caliber work being offered across New York’s growing and thriving Latino theatrical stages. To be eligible for the HOLA Awards 2022 in theater, plays must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Feature Hispanic or Latin talent.
  • Be presented within the New York City metropolitan area between August 2021 and August 2022*.
  • Facilitate complimentary tickets for the HOLA jury to attend.
  • Send an unedited recording of the play.
  • Plays can be performed in English or Spanish.
  • Complete the HOLA Awards 2022 Submission Form.

* Virtual/online plays featuring NYC Hispanic/Latin talent presented from March 2020 to August 2022 can be submitted for competition in our Special Recognition category.

Submissions deadlines:

*For productions presented on or before January 31, 2022:

      • Application must be submitted and completed by March 31, 2022

         

*For productions presented between February 1st, 2022, and July 31, 2022:

      • Submit application at least two weeks before your opening night for jurors to attend the performances in person 
      • Application should be completed, including the production recording no later than 1 month after your opening night

*Productions presented during in the month August 2022:

      • Application must be submitted by August 7, 2022 and should be completed no later than September 10, 2022

HOW IS VOTING DONE?

The HOLA Awards Jury consists of journalists and long-standing HOLA members with an honorable trajectory. These voting members will differ each year. Plays submitted will be attended by at least two jury members if possible. 
Because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask the plays’ representative to send us an unedited video of a performance to be watched and evaluated remotely by the rest of the jury.

THEATER AWARDS

  • GILBERTO ZALDÍVAR HOLA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION

  • OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PLAYWRITING

  • OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION

  • OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN TECHNICAL PRODUCTION/DESIGN

  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST

  • OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR

  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR

  • SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

HOLA SPECIAL ACCOLADES

RAUL JULIA FOUNDERS AWARD
This award recognizes an outstanding writer, director or actor. 

ILKA ADVOCACY AWARD
An award to honor champions in the mission of inclusion of Hispanic & Latin talent in the entertainment industry.

RITA MORENO AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
In the name of the great Rita Moreno, this award goes to an extraordinary all-around performer.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
An award to honor an individual for the body of their work throughout their careers.

HOLA JOSÉ FERRER TESPIS AWARD
In the name of Jose Ferrer, this award goes to an extraordinary actor.

HOLA EXCELLENCE IN TELEVISION/FILM AWARD
This award recognizes an outstanding actor in the audiovisual arts. 

HOLA EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
Celebrating the new outstanding artists in our community.