Wednesday, December 7, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Elaine Del Valle and Louis Perego Moreno (Tío Louie), shown at right, from right to left, co-produced the film Victor & Isolina. Written and directed by William D. Caballero, the short film was selected as an official selection of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, taking place in January 2017 in Park City, Utah. For more information, read the article by Dominic Patten in Deadline by clicking here (the film is listed under "Animated Short Films"). For more information on the film, click here and here.

Miluka Rivera's latest book Genial Juano Hernández: De vagabundo a estrella de Hollywood, will have its premiere New York book launch at an event on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Camaradas El Barrio Bar and Restaurant in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. For more information, click here.

2016 HOLA Awards recipient Vivienne Jurado, shown at left, in the photo at left, is appearing in ads for the City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's ad campaign "Your Child's Asthma Is Always There, Even When They Seem Perfectly Fine". The campaign will appear in bus shelters in northern Manhattan, The Bronx and Central Brooklyn, with a social media campaign to follow. For more information, click here

2016 HOLA Awards recipient Mario Golden's self-penned solo show Father God Mother Death has been selected to be presented at the 2017 Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUTF). It will be directed by Andreas Robertz and be presented in May 2017. In addition, the piece has been selected for a Next Stage Residency by the Drama League.

If you are an 
HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Mario-Francisco Robles, shown at right, will be acting in Don't Judge A Play By Its Title. Written and directed by Mark Lord, the production will take place in February 2017 at St. Gregory's Church in the Bellerose area of Queens.

2016 HOLA Awards recipient Sandor JuanCedric Leiba, Jr.Marlyn Matías; Omar Pérez; and Marco Antonio Rodríguez are participating in 48 Hours in... El Bronx. An event where six playwrights (including Rodríguez), six directors (including 2016 HOLA Awards recipient Diego Chiri) and eighteen actors (include Juan, Leiba, Matías and Pérez) unite in six 10-minute plays (created over the span of 48 hours) of six Bronx sources and events. The performances of the Harlem9 and Pregones-PRTT co-production will take place on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Pregones Theater, located in the Mott Haven area of the South Bronx. For more information, click here.


2016 HOLA Awards recipient Pablo Andrade, shown at left, was featured in the weekly New York newspaper El Especial, where they spoke about his upcoming class of Uta Hagen technique (taught with María Fontanals) at the world renowned HB Studio (the first to be taught there in the Spanish language). To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here.

2016 HOLA Performer's Choice Awards recipient Elizardi Castro is featured in a video as one of his characters, El Lucío, in a video on how to make coquito (the Puerto Rican equivalent of eggnog, with coconut milk and rum as its base ingredients instead). The holiday-themed video, which is in Spanish and which is directed by 2016 HOLA Performer's Choice Awards recipient Mike Oquendo, can be seen below.




If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Monday, December 5, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Mónica Delgadoshown at right, won the Best Supporting Actress award from the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Milan 2016 (in Milan, Lombardy, Italy) for her role in the feature film Bx3M (written and directed by Judith Escalona).  

David Ponce is co-starring in Se armó el mejunje. The musical comedy show features texts by 2016 HOLA Awards recipient Julie De Grandy and is directed by Juan Roca. The Havanafama Performing Arts production will take place in December at the Havanafama Studio Theater in Miami, Florida.


Due to popular demand, Manolo García Oliva will once again give a discussion titled "El teatro cubano en Nueva York", about Cuban theater in New York on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Broadway Blackbox Theater in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.


2016 HOLA Awards Performer's Choice recipent Elizardi Castro, shown above leftwill be performing in the Chicago premiere El Show. An evening of standup comedy/solo theater, the show is produced by 2016 HOLA Performer's Choice recipient Mike Oquendo (of Mike Oquendo Events), shown above right, and will feature special guests Melanie León and Mike Navarro. The show will take place in January 2017 at the Stahl Family Theatre at Saint Patrick's High School in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, click here.

Anthony Ruiz and Miriam Cruz acted in a commercial for Ikea (they can be seen throughout, most prominently talking with the male protagonist while flanking him on the sofa), which can be seen below.



If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, shown at right, was featured in an article in The New York Times, where she was interviewed regarding art and its role in activism. She can currently be seen with her husband Steven Sapp and her brother William "Ninja" Ruiz (collectively they are known as Universes) in the play Party People. Written by Universes, the production is directed by Liesl Tommy and is currently running at The Public Theater in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood. To read the article, click here.

Angélica Álvarez and 
Tannia Kustka are starring in the short film Allyssa (written by Álvarez and directed by Álvarez and Jheimy Durán), which is currently in production. For more information, click here.

Enmanuel García Villavicencio, shown at left, was featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (written and edited by 2016 HOLA Awards recipient Héctor Luis Rivera), where he was featured with his recent directing gig of the Matías Montes Huidobro play Gas en los poros, which was presented in November by E3Outlaws Productions at the Broadway Blackbox Theater. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Allison Strong will perform a set of Latin jazz and holiday favorites on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. The performance is a part of
 the Valley Hospital Auxiliary Saddle River Valley Branch Holiday Luncheon. Proceeds benefit the Valley Medical Group's Child & Adolescent Mental Health Program. For more information, click here.


If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Friday, December 2, 2016

HOLAwave: We Came, We Saw, We Protested... Now What?

[HOLAwave represents a series of guest blogs by industry insiders giving informative and educational tidbits for the Latino performer. They can range from acting and auditioning advice, tech tips, legal advice, marketing, producing tips, and so on. Get caught up in the wave– the HOLAwave.]

We Came, We Saw, We Protested... Now What?

A scene from the Marriott Theatre
production of Evita.
So, it has been eight months since Evita at the Marriott Theatre and four months since In The Heights at Porchlight Music Theatre [both in the Chicago, Illinois area]. These controversies have faded from much of the public consciousness. We got mad, we got defensive, we shouted about it for a few weeks, and then we went on about our lives.

My question is: What are you doing today to promote diversity in our field?

A rehearsal photo from the
Porchlight Music Theatre
production of In The Heights.
One of the things we fell back on, on every side of each controversy, was that we all would love for there to be better representation on our stages. What have you done to make it happen? These examples of Whitewashing were not singularly horrific events, they were part of systemic issues; and, much like we've learned through our current presidential situation, systemic issues must be continually wrestled with, fought against, and reassessed to fight again. They can't just be tackled controversy by controversy. So what are you doing to take the next step and then the next step?


And this is not an "ask Bear what I should be doing" post. It's not a post where I look at your list and absolve you of past sins. I am not the arbiter of true diversity. It is an opportunity to look at where we are now vs. where you think we should be and think of the steps you can take, individually and institutionally, to help get us there. If you've been resting on a step you took four or eight months ago, what's your next one?

Are you teaching young people the theatrical arts who might not otherwise have access?

Are you pushing your ensembles on their uniformity? Are you pushing again?

Are you asking the theatres you work at about their equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives?

Are you looking at seasons and vocally patronizing theatres based on the diverse work they are putting forward?

Are you supporting artists working towards diversity?

Are you creating spaces to promote diversity?

Are you joining and cultivating organizations that are working towards EDI?

Are you making a rule for yourself that you can't attend theatres that only feature the works of White men?

Are you amplifying the voices of theatres and individuals you believe to be telling diverse stories?

Are you challenging organizations that seem to be resting on their laurels on their continued EDI commitment?

Are you pushing your organization to participate in EDI trainings?

Are you looking at the work in which you participate and reevaluating your place within it from an EDI lens?

Are you refusing to work at theatres who aren't explicitly pushing EDI?

Are you making yourself listen when a voice tells you they have been offended or wronged?

These are just a small fraction of actions that some people are taking. What are you doing? What are you going to do next?


Bear Bellinger is a Black actor, writer, and general trouble maker performing out of Chicago, Illinois. Follow him on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Medium for more talk of theatre, inclusion, diversity, and the overall struggles and successes of life.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Banner Ads Now Available on HOLA Website

Wanna promote your upcoming stage production? Your upcoming film screening? Your upcoming special event?

HOLA members often get publicity in our Members in Performance page, but what if you could promote on our main homepage, or in our directory (The HOLA Pages), where more people can see your ad?

What if you had a project with no HOLA members that you wanted to promote?

What if you wanted to promote something that wasn’t a show (like your production company itself or a new website)?

Now you can do so by BUYING A BANNER AD on the HOLA website.

Banner ads come in half-page and full-page sizes and can be on the HOLA website for one week, two weeks, three weeks or a whole month. HOLA can also link your ad to a particular website at no additional cost.

Prices on the banner ads are affordable. Also, not-for-profit organizations receive a 10% discount on ad prices.

The HOLA website receives thousands of visits each month. The HOLA website is viewed by many professionals in the industry and is a unique way of reaching the Latino/Hispanic and mainstream audiences, which make buying a banner ad a smart investment for you.

Wanna buy a banner ad? Call (212) 253-1015 or e-mail us for prices and ad dimensions.

HOLA Regional Membership Available For Those Outside New York Metropolitan Area

If you are an actor who lives in an area of the U.S. outside of the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey or Connecticut (HOLA's programming and administrative headquarters region), HOLA is proud to announce its Regional Membership level - for only $65 (versus a $125 regular NYC region membership price) for one full year!

As an HOLA Regional Member, you'll be entitled to the following member benefits:

• Your headshot, resume, reel and voiceover demo* showcased on the HOLA Pages, the internet's only concentrated source of Latino acting talent. The directory is a trusted resource for casting directors, producers and talent agents receiving, on average, over 5,000 visits per month. (* There is an additional charge 
of $15 for adding your voiceover demo.)

• Your performances listed and promoted via HOLA's website and social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) that reaches thousands of people in the entertainment industry.

• Casting notices that will alert you to employment opportunities tailored to the Latino actor.

• Advocacy to combat stereotypes of the Latino/Hispanic community in media and entertainment as well as the opportunity to join in solidarity with the Latino/Hispanic acting community.


Application for regional memberships accepted by telephone order only. Call HOLA toll-free at (212) 253-1015. (VISA, MasterCard and American Express accepted.) Please submit your headshot (in .jpg format) and resume in a Word 
document or in Portable Data Format (.doc or .docx; or .pdf) via e-mail to HOLA.