Our Team

Honorary Board

Junta de Directores Honorífica

Moisés Kaufman by Jenny Anderson 132

Moisés Kaufman

Playwright / Director

MOISÉS KAUFMAN is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, an award-winning director and playwright, and an activist-in-art. In recognition of his contributions to the theater and to international conversations about social justice, he has received numerous professional and humanitarian honors.

Moisés is an Obie Award and Lucille Lortel Award winner, a 2002 Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting, winner of the 2002 Humanitas Prize, and has been nominated for Tony, Emmy, and Drama Desk Awards. He was awarded the 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama, which he accepted in a 2016 ceremony at the White House.

Moisés was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1963, and he grew up surrounded by the city’s thriving international performance scene. He studied with several theater companies at home and then, in 1987, moved to New York City to complete his education at New York University. He attended NYU’s groundbreaking Experimental Theatre Wing, where he deepened his investigation of the role of text in the creative process and his love of challenge in theatrical structure. When he finished school in 1991, Moisés founded Tectonic Theater Project with his husband, Jeff LaHoste. Many of their first collaborators came from Moisés’ artistic circle at the Experimental Theatre Wing.

Tectonic’s early productions were a natural expansion upon the themes that had absorbed Moisés in his studies: structurally difficult plays demanding extensive problem-solving in stagecraft. He found his path to creative maturity, though, in applying that passion for form and experimentation to his own new work, most notably 1997’s critically acclaimed Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, which ran Off-Broadway for a year and a half. Gross Indecency gained Moisés and the company national recognition and its success enabled them to travel to Laramie, Wyoming to pursue their next undertaking.

That next work, The Laramie Project (which Moisés wrote in collaboration with members of Tectonic after an extensive community-based research process), is an examination of the cultural conflict surrounding the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. It opened at the Denver Theater Center in March 2000 and moved to New York shortly thereafter. TIME called Laramie “one of the 10 best plays of 2000,” and it was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. It was also recently selected by the New York Times as one of their “25 Best American Plays Since ‘Angels in America’” and remains among the most performed plays in the United States each year. In 2002, Moisés co-wrote and

directed HBO’s film adaptation of The Laramie Project, which garnered two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer.

In the years since Gross Indecency first brought his methods to wider attention, Moisés has continued to refine his devising process with Tectonic, always with an aim toward using the powers unique to theater to explore primary sources and understand underrepresented stories—old and new. His writing and adaptation credits include 33 Variations (2007), The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (2008), One Arm (2011), and Carmen (2013-2016); as artistic director he has also guided the development of Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris’s Uncommon Sense (2017).

Moisés is also a dedicated teacher. Since 2000, he and the company’s teaching artists have been sharing Tectonic’s techniques in lectures, training labs, and educational residencies. In 2018, he co-wrote Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project’s Process of Devising Theater (Vintage), a comprehensive introduction to his theatrical principles and the company’s creative tools.

On Broadway, Moisés has directed Paradise Square, which garnered 10 Tony Award nominations, the Off-Broadway revival (Second Stage) and Broadway transfer of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song, the 2012 revival of The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, the Tony-nominated 33 Variations with Jane Fonda, Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams, and Doug Wright’s Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning I Am My Own Wife with Jefferson Mays.

Other directing credits include Here There Are Blueberries (Tectonic Theater Project/La Jolla Playhouse), Seven Deadly Sins (Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, Tectonic Theater Project/Madison Wells Live), One Arm by Tennessee Williams (Tectonic Theater Project/The New Group); The Tallest Tree in the Forest with Mark Taper (Brooklyn Academy of Music), The Nightingale (La Jolla Playhouse), The Common Pursuit (Roundabout), Macbeth with Liev Schreiber (Public Theater), This Is How It Goes (Donmar Warehouse), Tennessee Williams’s One Arm (New Group and Steppenwolf Theatre Company), El Gato con Botas (New Victory Theater), Master Class with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), and Into the Woods (Kansas City Repertory Theatre).

Kaufman is actively developing other new works including Treatment & Data, Las Aventuras de Juan Planchard, and a solo show co-created and performed by renowned drag queen and performance artist, Sasha Velour.

rita moreno

Rita Moreno

actress/singer/dancer

Rita Moreno has influenced the entertainment industry for over 70 years as an actress, singer, and dancer. After earning the four major entertainment awards: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, Moreno became the first Latina woman to have an “E.G.O.T.” In 2004, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her many contributions to the arts.

Rita Moreno was born on December 11, 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Given the nickname “Rosita,” when she was young, Moreno’s birth name was Rosa Dolores Alverío. She spent much of her childhood on a Puerto Rican farm until she was five years old. Her mother saved enough money for them to move to New York, but Moreno’s little brother Francisco had to be left behind. When she arrived in New York City, Moreno began taking dance classes and quickly started working in the film industry. She was first hired at age 11 to record Spanish language versions of American films. Shortly after this, Moreno made her Broadway debut at age 13 as “Angelina” in Skydrift. This role caught the attention of Hollywood filmmakers and she started receiving offers from Hollywood agents. Her first film was called So Young, So Bad, and was released in 1950. After this role, she signed a seven-year contract with Louis B. Mayer’s MGM Studios where she adopted the stage name Rita Moreno.

For the next few years, Moreno was offered smaller roles in feature films. Her first role for MGM Studios was in the musical The Toast of New Orleans. Two years later, she landed a small role as the actress Zelda Zanders in Singin’ in the Rain. Moreno was often typecast and remembers frequently being offered stereotypical “ethnic” or sexualized roles. Casting directors asked her to depict various ethnicities including; Hawaiian, Native American, Egyptian, Filipino, and a young Burmese woman named Tuptim in The King and I. In 1961, Moreno was cast as Anita in the film adaptation of the musical West Side Story. For her portrayal, Moreno won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Even after winning the Oscar, Moreno’s agents still only submitted her for “exotic” and Latina roles. Moreno decided to leave the mistreatment of Hollywood and mostly acted in summer theater for the next seven years.  

In the 1970s, Moreno decided to return to the entertainment industry with popular films such as The Night of the Following DayCarnal Knowledge, and Marlowe. Upon her return, Moreno also starred as a main cast member of the PBS children’s television series The Electric Company from 1971 to 1977Moreno won a Grammy in 1972 for “The Electric Company Album” based on her contributions to the show’s soundtrack. A few years later, Moreno appeared in the musical The Ritz and subsequently earned the 1975 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress. During this time, she also appeared on various television shows as a guest. In 1977, Moreno appeared on The Muppet Show and earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. This award solidified her as the third person in history and first Latina to win all four major entertainment awards: an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony.

Shortly after, Moreno earned another Primetime Emmy for her role on the television show The Rockford Files. She also voiced the role of Carmen Sandiego on the Fox cartoon series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? In the late 1990s, Moreno continued to star on television and played a psychologist in the HBO series OZ. She won several ALMA Awards for her work. Moreno’s talent and influence has also been recognized by the White House. She was invited to perform at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2004, and received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2009. At 87 years-old, Moreno has won countless lifetime achievement awards but does not show any signs of slowing down. She currently starts as Lydia on the Netflix series One Day at a Time, and she is set to executive produce and star in Steven Spielberg’s 2020 remake of West Side Story.

CHITA RIVERA head shot PHOTO BY LAURA MARIE DUNCAN (2)

Chita Rivera *

actress/singer/dancer

A theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents, Chita Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history having earned 10 nominations, won twice and received the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. 

A versatile actress/singer/dancer, her most recent starring roles include The Visit, the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele on Broadway; the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood; the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, a dazzling musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terrence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele and the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age nine) before receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet from the legendary choreographer George Balanchine. 

Chita’s first appearance (age 19) was as a principal dancer in Call Me Madam.  Her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful.  

On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009 and received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in 2002. 

In 2019, Chita performed her solo concert at London’s Cadogan Hall; in 2018 she was honored as a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy; in 2016 she headlined at Carnegie Hall and in 2015, Great Performances aired their special Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ To Do, a retrospective of her extraordinary life and career nationally on PBS. Her current solo CD is entitled And Now I Swing. Her long-awaited book CHITA: A MEMOIR will be published by HarperOne in April, 2023.   Her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.

* in memoriam

emilio headshot

Emilio Sosa

Costume Designer

Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx, Emilio is one of Broadway’s most distinguished and sought after talents. As current Chair of The American Theatre Wing and a four-time TONY Award nominated Costume Designer, he began his theatrical career as a shopper with Grace Costumes. 

He would eventually become its Creative Director and credits this time as the foundation for his career; inspired by the community of artists who worked tirelessly to bring their respective creative visions to life. Since this formative period, Emilio has toured the world with Celine Dion, The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He’s made a name for himself styling music videos for some of Hip Hop’s leading pioneers including: Salt & Pepa, MC Lyte and Kid & Play. Additionally, he’s designed for legendary icons Diana Ross, Mariah Carey and Gloria Estefan. Catching the eye of renowned director Spike Lee, Emilio became the in-house stylist for his production company, Forty Acres and a Mule, working on national and international advertisement campaigns.

Emilio soon set his sight on Broadway under the mentorship of prolific director & playwright George C. Wolfe for whom he designed his first show, TOPDOG / UNDERDOG. His other Broadway credits include: ON YOUR FEET! The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Story, MOTOWN: The Musical, PORGY and BESS (TONY Award nomination), LADY DAY at EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL, TROUBLE IN MIND (TONY Award nomination), 1776, AIN’T NO MO’ (TONY Award nomination), A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, SWEENEY TODD and GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR (TONY Award nomination). He holds the unique distinction of being the first person of color to design for THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS – SPRING SPECTACULAR starring The Rockettes. Emilio’s talent was also evident on season seven of Project Runway and Project Runway All-Stars where he showcased his final collection with a complete cast featuring models of color, a first for the popular franchise. His work on the small screen was featured in NBC’s “Annie Live!” and most recently in Descendants: Rise of Red for Disney+. He is the proud recipient of a Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, NAACP Theater Award, and LA Ovation Award.

Emilio continues to share his vast knowledge for theater with communities rarely represented by sponsoring theater trips, workshops and talk backs. “I believe live theater has the unique ability to build bridges amongst different people allowing a greater understanding of the world we live in.” @esosafashion

Board of Directors

Junta de Directores

PS Headshot

Paul Slee Rodriguez

Chair

Paul Slee Rodriguez has served as Executive Director of New Dramatists and Ensemble Studio Theatre (Hand to God, Year of the Rooster, Kentucky, Photograph 51, Isaac’s Eye, River Crosses Rivers Festival and multiple Marathons of One Act Plays) recipients of Drama Desk, Special Tony Honor and Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. Currently he serves as Executive Director of INTAR (Then They Forgot About the Rest, Bundle of Sticks, ¡Oso Fabuloso & the Bearbacks!  MicroTeatro) and serves on the Board of CultureHub, an art & technology community.

Alina

Alina Segura-Bustamante

Vice Chair

Dr. Segura-Bustamante is a board certified psychiatrist with over 30 years’ experience in child development and social emotional learning. She served as director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Woodhull Medical Center, a New York University Medical School affiliate until 2019.  Throughout her career, Dr. Segura-Bustamante has provided extensive consultation in behavioral assessment and management to diverse families in New York City. She co-owned a theatre space in SoHo with her husband, Francisco Rivela, actor and director until 2011. She produced many of his plays and is an ardent supporter of the arts.

anamariausa3

Ana María Estrada

PRESIDENT

Actress, producer, entrepreneur, and director, Estrada has the distinction of working in both, the Hispanic American market and the General market, better known as Hollywood. Peruvian by birth, she currently resides between the cities of New York, Lima and Miami, which allow her to work easier in various artistic projects. Her love for the performing arts started at an early age and decided to polish her talents studying acting with wonderful masters in New York, Los Angeles, and London. She also studied film at the New York Film Academy. Estrada, a member of the important AFTRA and SAG actor unions, has produced several independent films under her own company, Dakini Productions and with Triangle Entertainment. Outside of the performing arts, she is a partner with her brother Gustavo in Supreme Consultant, a health agency, where they help with jobs to more than 200 people. 

manuelherrera3

Manny Herrera

Treasurer

Manuel Herrera (Manny) is a veteran Producer/Director and Voice-Over Motivator with 40 years of experience, a highly sought after AudioBook and Dubbing Producer, and an increasingly influential person in the U.S. Spanish-language performing arts and publishing arenas. Manuel Herrera has earned the respect of peers and associates as a trailblazer for his fellow Spanish-speaking actors in the U.S. He is a Director at DuArt Media Services, producing Spanish Audiobooks, Dubbing and Commercials for clients globally.

Blanca Camacho_126

Blanca Camacho

Board Member

BLANCA CAMACHO is a native New Yorker, NYU grad, actress, narrator and longtime HOLA member. She is an Original Broadway Cast member of In The Heights and also  works in TV, film, commercials, industrials, animation, audiobooks, podcasts and web series. She received the ACCA Award from Actor’s Equity and the Leading Light Award from HACA. Aside from the creative arts, Ms. Camacho is also the VP of the St. Michael Academy Alumnae Association Charitable Foundation and administers the foundation’s educational scholarships.

fcard

Fernando Cárdenas

Board Member

Born, raised, and educated in Mexico, moved to New York about 20 years ago. While in NYC he launched TV station V-me, collaborated with Nielsen and later became a Digital Producer for NY1 Noticias. In this channel he created the segment Escenario to cover all the Hispanic theater and cultural scene in NYC. His journalistic career has been recognized with LatingPlug, LATA, Latin FAMA and HOLA awards. He is also a member of the Academy for Scenic Arts in Spain. Fernando is the editor-in-chief of La Guía Cultural. He also worked as an Executive Producer for Univision 41 and currently is the Digital Manager for Brooklyn-based Spanish network: HITN. Plus, he teaches Journalism at CUNY’s City College of New York.

MV5BMzAzNDU3MTQzMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjI0MTc5Mw@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,669,1000_AL_

Luis Galli

Board Member

Born in Miraflores Peru, Luis is a lawyer from University of Lima who changed careers in 2004. He holds a MFA in Environmental Law from De Montfort University, U.K. And an MFA in advertising and marketing from Ecole SAWI in Switzerland while working for the U.N. Luis belongs to a family of artists and changed his life moving to NY graduating from his third MFA in Drama at The Actor’s Studio Drama School, at the New School University (TNS). Luis has worked as an Assistant Professor of drama and Spanish since 2002. He acts, directs, writes, teaches and produces. Luis published his first novel MUJER DESAPARECIDA in 2019 currently selling internationally. He acted in 22 films and 40 plays on Broadway and off and off off Broadway.

Garcia_Gabriela_2019

Gabriela García

Board Member

Gabriela Garcia in an artist dividing her time between the theater, dance, print, commercial, tv, and education industries.  With an extensive international career in the performing arts she has acquired vast knowledge which contributes to her artistry.  Gabriela holds a BA in Performing Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California, and is Co-Founder  of R.Evolución Latina (RL), a nonprofit organization making a difference through the arts. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.  Currently starring in LUCIERNAGAS, a showcase at the 14th st. Y. November 12-20th.

angel560x460

Angel Gil Orrios

Board Member

Director, Writer, Producer, and Designer. Angel is the Artistic/Executive Director of the prestigious Thalia Spanish Theatre in New York since 2000, and has been honored with the New York 2009 MAYOR’S AWARD FOR ARTS AND CULTURE, and the Hispanic Leadership Award by the New York City Council. He received the 2017 Raul Julia HOLA Founders Award for Excellence, and the 2010 ACE Special Award for Artistic Achievement from the Association of Latin Critics of Entertainment of New York. In 2015 he received the “Sunnysider of the Year” Award from the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and Artists, as well as Proclamations and Citations from the NY City Council, the NY State Senate and Assembly, and the United States Congress.

RolandoPerez

Rolando Pérez

Board Member

Rolando Pérez chaired the Romance Languages Department of Hunter College. He is a professor of Spanish and Latin American philosophy and literature. He has published on Nietzsche, Deleuze, Guattari, Alain Badiou, Bartolome de Las Casas, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Giannina Braschi. His books include Severo Sarduy and the Neo-Baroque Image of Thought in the Visual ArtsThe Lining of Our Souls: Excursions into Selected Paintings of Edward Hopper, and Tea Ceremonies for Winter. His creative writing has been featured in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. He recently authored the essay, “United States of Banana: A Graphic Novel. A Book of Liberation and Becomings” for Latinx Spaces. Prior to his career in higher education, Rolando Pérez practiced theater in Manhattan and flew airplanes.

ANIBAL ROMERO CASTING-2

Anibal Romero

Board Member

Actor, Producer and founder of the CONALMA Theater Company. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA. Anibal is also attorney and founder of The Romero Firm, an immigration firm specializing in immigration issues relevant to the undocumented population in the United States. His dedication as a lawyer in his own firm has led him to expand his practice through multiple U.S. cities, currently in Newark, NJ; Jackson Heights, NY; New York, NY; Houston, TX; and Falls Church, VA. Romero’s dedication to helping the immigrant population throughout the U.S. has led him to develop an educational series for immigrants seeking relief, reassurance, and justice. Romero has built a loyal following on social media, with over 350,0000 followers who regularly tune into his online seminars. During these important sessions, Romero helps educate immigrants on essential issues such as workers’ rights, asylum claims, and removal hearings.

Staff / Team Members

Equipo Ejecutivo

PabloAndrade19beard

Pablo Andrade

Executive/Artistic Director

Actor, director, producer, and teaching artist. Pablo is Artistic Director of Corezon, Founder of La Guía Cultural, and faculty member of NYU Tisch and Moment Work Institute. As a teacher, he has trained actors in the US, Latin America and Europe. As a director, he has been mentored by Tony Award recipients Jack Hofsiss and Thomas Kail. As an actor, he played the leading role of the New York Times Critics’ Pick production of Mario Vargas Llosa’s Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, and dozens of other plays and films. Pablo Andrade is a proud alumnus of the HB Studio and Hagen Institute as well as the Cultural Visitor Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Some of his awards include: ATI Awards for Best Director Monologue (2020) and Breakthrough Director (2018), Fuerza Award for Best Director (2017), and Latin ACE Award for Best Actor Drama (2015).

Monica Delgado

Monica Delgado

Member Services Coordinator

Monica Delgado is a SAG-AFTRA actor, dancer-choreographer, and voiceover artist. She recently received the Best Supporting Actress Award from the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Berlin 2017 & Milan 2016 for the film Bx3M. Film and television credits Irish Blues; Love Speaks; Louise; Bummer; Lunatics, Lovers & Actors; 107th Street; and the pilots “Waterfront” and “Wize Guys”. Theater credits include roles in Sweet Charity, Finian’s Rainbow, Cabaret, Llamada/Rally Cry, Yo Soy Latina, and El Camaleón y las 7 Puertas. Completely fluent in both English and Spanish, and has developed a voiceover career in the Spanish-language market, for brands such as Avon, Kohl’s, Metamucil, Clairol, McDonald’s, and Planned Parenthood, as well as on camera for the New York State Lottery. She is also a proud member of HOLA, R.Evolucion Latina and Pajarillo Pinta’o.

2-3

Phoenix Ximénez

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

Phoenix has worked in Off-Broadway productions, regional theatre, interactive children’s theatre, indie films, TV and voice-overs. Her credits include Bold Enough To Say, an original rock opera; War Songs and Woodstock at 40 at Bristol Riverside Theatre; The Children of Hip Hop, indie film; and on-camera host for Horse TV’s award-winning documentary Real Desire. Phoenix’s training includes working with vocal coach Julio Augustin, Acting For The Camera with Tony Plane and R.Evolucíon Latina’s Beyond Workshop Series for musical theater. Phoenix has a BFA in Visual Arts and her professional experience includes working as a graphic and digital artist, administration, and as a manager and exhibit lead focused on guest engagement and education for Liberty Science Center museum. She also volunteers as an animal rescuer and is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Stevan-foto

Ricardo Stevan

Communications Manager

Ricardo is a Colombian actor, singer and musical theater director who graduated in design and graphic communication with an emphasis in marketing from the renowned Unitec University in Bogotá, Colombia. His studies and theatrical training were carried out at the school of actors in the city of Barranquilla. As a singer, he was part of Skala Orquesta, where he stood out not only as a leading voice but also as director and composer of many of the songs in this project. In 2014 he settled in New York City where he has been part of several artistic productions for local companies, and with his company Fábrica de Estrellas.

61e37cd042e33-bpfull

Inma Heredia

Special Projects

Born in Seville, Spain, Inma is a full-fledged actress, singer, flamenco dancer, comedian, master of ceremonies, and dubbing voice. She joined London’s Stopgap Theater Company. In the U.S., Imma attended Massachusetts’ Holy Cross College and went on to renowned Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. In Poland she was trained at Gardzienice Center of Theatre Practice. Being successful in movies and theater, she also has done well while performing for prestigious TV networks, such as Univision, Telemundo and Supercanal. Among the many accolades obtained, she was granted ACE, HOLA and ATI awards.

dedbe8_a3525378e5694987a30d27eb0d1db861_mv2

Laura Riveros-Sefair

Member Outreach

I’m Laura, queer, Colombian-Lebanese actor and voice over artist working in NYC. You can use they/them or she/her pronouns when talking about me. I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. My mom’s side of the family are immigrants from Lebanon (best food in the world), and my dad’s side of the family are long time Colombian (second best food in the world. It’s just the truth, I don’t make the rules). Performing and storytelling have always been part of my life, even when I didn’t realize it. I moved to NYC in 2009 after working in the Colombian Musical Theatre stage, and now you’re stuck with me. I am also a Teaching Artist, a writer, and a fiber and needlework artist. Take a look around, hopefully we’ll get to work together soon! 

Ursula Tinoco - Main Headhsot

Ursula Tinoco

Team Member

Born and raised in Mexico City, Ursula Tinoco is an award winning actor, best known for her performances in New York’s Latin theaters. She has won a total of ten awards in Latin Theater including the HOLA Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and the ACE Award as Best Comedy Actress. She’s known for her portrayal of fierce, unbridled women. Newspaper Impacto Latino described her as a “well-rounded actress with a brimming stage presence”.
samuel2021

Samuel Garnica

Team Member

Venezuelan Actor, Singer and VO. His first acting studies were at the Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB), where he graduated as a Social Communicator mention Audiovisual Arts.
In NYC, some credits collected are “El Laurel de Apolo” and “La Canción” (Repertorio Español), “The Tempest (R.Evolucion Latina) Love and Yogurt (Theater Barn), Matilda – The Musical (Salgado Productions) “The Dropout” “Superhero Roberto Clemente” and “La Cucarachita Martina” (Teatro SEA), among others; Winner of the ATI award 2017 as best supporting actor for his work on “Así que pasen 5 años”.  Recently, awarded as Best Actor at the Fuerza Fest 2019 for “La llamada de Lauren”, HOLA Award and ACE Award for “Delicadas”

Advisory Board

Junta Consejera

Manuel Alfaro
Giselle Alers
Valentina Berger
Manolo García-Oliva
Lupe Gehrenbeck
Ross Linegar
Isolda Peguero
Johnny Sanchez
Juan Carlos Restrepo
Gloria Zelaya

HOLA Founding Members

Fundadores de HOLA

Jorge Alvarado
Edwin Ávila
Denia Brache
Doris Castellanos
Emerit Carrero
Eduardo Corbé
Miriam Cruz
Tony Diaz
Lourdes Ferré
Armando García
Clarita Hernandez
Roberto López
Manuel Martínez
Antonieta Maximo
Andrés Nóbregas
Ilka Tanya Payan
Elizabeth Peña
Rubén Rabasa
Larry Ramos
Jorge Ros
René Troche
Wilfredo Zagal