Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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.

Daniel Anthony Hidalgo, shown at left, was cast in the production of Guillén de Castro's play La fuerza de la costumbre (directed by Freddy Mancilla) based to an HOLA referral. The play from Spain's Golden Age (which also stars Mauricio Pita (see below), Nanda Abella, Juan Carlos Díaz and Ricardo J. Salazar) is set for an August and September run at Repertorio Español (as part of the 2013 Van Lier Young Directors Project) in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. For more information, click here.


Susanna Guzmán, shown at right, will be performing in not one, but two plays at the New York International Fringe Festival (fringeNYC), taking place this August. The first one is Double Fault (written and directed by Troy Diana), while the second is Why You Beasting? (written by David Don Miller and directed by Markus Potter). The former will be presented at The Lynn Redgrave Theater (formerly known as the 45 Bleecker Theater) in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood, while the latter will be presented at the Flamboyán Theater, located in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. For more information, click here, here and here.

Mauricio Pita (see above) and Soraya Padrao filmed a television commercial for American Home Shield. One can see a still from the commercial at left.

The Bruno Irizarry film
200 cartas, will hit theaters in select movie theaters in Puerto Rico (where it was mostly filmed) starting on September 12, 2013. The film stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jaime Camil, Dayanara Torres, Mônica Steuer, Irizarry, Iris Chacón, Mayra Matos and Alfredo De Quezada. For more information, click here.

Javier Ethan Gómez will be hosting the weekly Spanish language talk show "Diálogo abierto" on BronxNet Television starting August 7, 2013. For more information on the program, 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?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

On-Camera Acting Course with Charles Carroll and Tony Plana



FILM ACTING COURSE WITH
CHARLES CARROLL and TONY PLANA



Camera Level One
Tuesdays and Fridays
6:30-10pm

September 10 through October 4, 2013
EIGHT SESSIONS OVER FOUR WEEKS

Camera Level Two

Mondays and Thursdays
12-4pm
September 9 through October 3, 2013
EIGHT SESSIONS OVER FOUR WEEKS

Interview/audition required (except for returning students)/sides provided

Wednesday, September, 4, 2013 from 6:30 to 9pm
Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 11am to 1pm

$199 for HOLA members  
$299 for non-HOLA members

Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center
located at 107 Suffolk Street, Studio 311
(between Rivington and Delancey streets)
Lower East Side, NYC.
(F to Delancey / J M Z to Essex / M9, M14A buses)
Visa, Mastercard & American Express cards accepted.
Call HOLA at (212) 253-1015 to register.



About the class...
This on-camera acting course is designed to introduce the experienced actor to the fundamental techniques of film acting. In particular, the workshop will delve into the techniques required in any and all work in front of the camera and will cover situations universal within the film industry. Importantly, the workshop will focus on what is expected of the professional actor in any on-camera setting
.

What people are saying about the class...

"I was bowled over by [the workshop]. It was better than I expected. I learned so much."
• "The moderators were professional, helpful and friendly. Tony and Charles work great as a team– their contrasting approaches to coaching us gave me a fuller and richer perspective and understanding."

• "Great value!"

• "So much useful information. Mind blown at least three times."
• "The on-camera work was painfully revealing. Charles and Tony didn't hold back– but they had concrete solutions to my problems."
• Since working with you in the last month, I've booked work in the print, commercial and theatrical levels. Although this is an on camera class, your teachings apply to auditioning in all facets of show business. 

One of the most beneficial [classes] in my career.

About the teachers...
Tony Plana
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hirty-five year veteran actor/director, with over 60 feature film credits and six on-air series as a regular, most notably "Resurrection Blvd." and "Ugly Betty", received his initial professional training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. He has been honored for his work with multiple Nosotros, Shine, ALMA, Imagen, SAG, Satellite, and HOLA awards and nominations. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Artistic Director of the East LA Classic Theatre where he has adapted and directed provocative productions of Shakespeare plays and other world classics for disadvantaged students. Directing credits also include two comedy feature films, several television episodes including "Desperate Housewives", and a half-hour sitcom. He has been a guest lecturer, master teacher, and conducted seminars in acting, auditioning, and directing at numerous universities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Charles Carroll attended Loyola University on academic scholarships from the Copley Foundation and the State of California. Graduating with a degree in Theatre, he received his professional training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Returning to the U.S., he toured for the next several years in a production of The Unfinished Revolution, the story of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson’s famous disagreements on the financial structure of our country, a play that he co-authored. In 1979, he opened the Garden Theatre Festival at the University of Southern California with the premiere of his own one-man show on the life of Walt Whitman, I Hear America Singing. He has performed with regional theaters, repertory companies and Shakespeare Festivals throughout the country.


ON-CAMERA ACTING COURSE
WITH CHARLES CARROLL AND TONY PLANA

$199 for HOLA members  
$299 for non-HOLA members

Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center
located at 107 Suffolk Street, Studio 311
(between Rivington and Delancey streets)
Lower East Side, NYC.
(F to Delancey / J M Z to Essex / M9, M14A buses)
Visa, Mastercard & American Express cards accepted.
Call HOLA at (212) 253-1015 to register.


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Monday, July 29, 2013

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.

Teresa Yenque, shown at right, was honored as "Peruvian of the Year" and given a special recognition for her lifetime achievement in film, television and theater. It was presented to her on Peru's Independence Day (Sunday, July 28, 2013) by Lucio Fernández, also shown at right, on behalf of Mayor Brian P. Stack and the Board of Commissioners of Union City, New Jersey, of which Fernández is one. Yenque left behind her native Peru at the age of 19 to become an actress in the United States, where she has enjoyed a long, successful career.
Félix Hiciano wrapped up filming the short film In A Moment (written and directed by Katherine Luciano).
Vanessa Aspillaga is about to film an episode of “Elementary” (CBS, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.

J.W. Cortés
is on deck to sing the Star-Spangled Banner on Sunday, August 11, 2013 before the State College Spikes-Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game at MCU Park, located in Brooklyn's Coney Island area. For more information about the actor-singer-activist-veteran, click here.

Juan Villarreal was interviewed by Tony Rodríguez about his lengthy career in film, television and theater for the television program "La revista semanal" (MundoFox). For more information, click on the screen below.



Video streaming by Ustream

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?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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.

Tony Plana, Gilbert Cruz and Thom Rivera, shown clockwise from top left, were highlighted in an article in Broadway World for the upcoming Shakespeare Theater Company revival of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Jenny Lord, scheduled to run at the theater's Sidney Harman Hall in August and September as part of its annual Free-For-All program. To read the article on the production and the cast, respectively, click here and here. Cruz was cast after the theater company held general auditions exclusively for HOLA members after the theater company collaborated with HOLA regarding more diversity inclusion at the Tony Award-winning theater, located in Washington, District of Columbia. For more information, click here.

Manuel Herrera, shown at left, will be interviewed about his long illustrious career on Sunday, June 28, 2013 as part of the "Raíces dominicanas" segment of the radio program "Quisqueya y sus canciones" which airs on Sundays from 6-8am on WKDM 1380 AM New York. To listen to the interview (which will be in Spanish) when it airs, click here.

Eileen Galindo has been cast in the feature film Hello, My Name is Frank (written and directed by Dale Peterson and also starring Garrett M. Brown). For more information about the film, click here.

Vanessa Verduga will be making a personal appearance on Saturday, July 27, 2013 to promote her webseries "Justice Woman" (in which she stars, wrote, directed and produced) at the Bronx Heroes Comic Convention at the Andrew Freedman Home, located in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. For more information, click here. For more information about "Justice Woman", 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?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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.

Ricardo J. Salazar, shown at right, was cast in the production of Guillem de Castro's play La fuerza de la costumbre (directed by Freddy Mancilla) after receiving the casting notice in the daily announcements that HOLA sends to its members and self-submitting. The play (which also stars Mauricio Pita, Nanda Abella and Juan Carlos Díaz) is set for an August and September run at Repertorio Español in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Abdel González
can be seen in an international print ad campaign for Apple.

Kiki Meléndez can be seen as a panelist, along with host Elizabeth Espinosa, on the television series “Sin límites” (CNN Latino).

Tony Chiroldes will be acting in an upcoming production of the musical In The Heights (written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes) in August and September at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, click here and here.

Susana Pérez was profiled for a video titled "Six Actors in Search of a Character", where she was one of several "actors on the move". The video can be seen below (her segment begins at about 10:20 of the video).

Six Actors in Search of a Character from Susana Victoria Perez on Vimeo.


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?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rita Moreno to receive SAG Life Achievement Award from SAG-AFTRA

The Screen Actor Guild (SAG) Awards (nicknamed "The Actors") announced today that the beloved stage and screen icon Rita Moreno has been named the 50th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute – the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession”, the union’s top accolade will be given out at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 18, 2014.

The actress, singer, dancer, author, political and cultural and diversity activist and educator also has won an Oscar, two Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Medal of the Arts. One of the top honors at the HOLA Awards is the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence. At age 81, the Puerto Rican-born Moreno has had a nearly 70-year career and currently plays Fran Drescher’s mother in TV Land’s "Happily Divorced" and recently wrote her autobiography Rita Moreno: A Memoir, which became a 2013 bestseller.

For more information on Ms. Moreno and her career, click here and here.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to highlight 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.

Allison Strong, shown at right, can soon be seen on stage in the musical Volleygirls. Written by Rob Ackerman (libretto), Eli Bolin (music) and Sam Forman (lyrics) and directed by Neil Patrick Stewart, with choreography by Ryan Kazprzak and music direction by Matt Pettry, the production will be playing in July as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, located on famed 42nd Street in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Gloria Zelaya and Paola Poucel acted in the short film Lobo (written and directed by Lina Sarrello), which has just wrapped production.

Laura Riveros and Celeste Muñiz will be performing in Ibrahim El-Husseini's Comedy of Sorrows. The play, a response to the 2013 unrest in Egypt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak from power, will be produced by Hybrid Theatre Works and presented in August at HERE Arts Center in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood. For more information, click here.



David Vega, Marisol Carrere and Iván L. Argudo were profiled in Impacto Latin News, the former for his recent film work and the latter two for their recent performances of the José Martínez Queirolo play Q.E.P.D. (Que en paz descanse), also directed by Argudo. To read the respective articles (which are in Spanish), click on the image at left.

Rafael Fuentes booked principal roles in commercial spots for ESPN and Optimum. He is also acting in the musical The Adventures of Super Bunny, where he plays the titular character. Written by Michael MacKenzie Wills and Alastair William King, the production is part of the 2013 Midtown International Festival (MITF) and will had a July run at the MainStage Theatre of the WorkShop Theatre Company located in the garment district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Louise G. Colón and Antonia Rey booked principal roles on a Vonage commercial, which can be viewed by clicking on the video 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?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Louis C.K. Breaks His Own Emmy Record with a Mind-Blowing Nine Nominations in 2013 + Other Latino Emmy Nominees

Louis C.K. received a record-breaking nine (9) Primetime Emmy nominations for this year's ceremony, the most for an individual in the same year (he broke his own record of seven nominations from last year). The Mexican-American actor-comedian-writer-director-editor received his nominations for his FX television series "Louie", his comedy special "Oh My God" and his guest hosting stint on NBC's "Saturday Night Live". The categories for which he is nominated are listed below.

Emmy nominations for "Louie"
• Outstanding Comedy Series
• Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
• Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
• Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

Emmy nominations for "Oh My God"
• Outstanding Variety Special
• Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
• Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
• Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials

• Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Host on "Saturday Night Live")

Another Latino multiple nominee is Bobby Cannavale, shown at left, who earned nods for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role in "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO) and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his turn on "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime).

Also nominated were Sofía Vergara (Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for ABC's "Modern Family") and Morena Baccarin (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a  Drama Series for Showtime's "Homeland").

Behind the scenes people also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award this year include Fred Armisen (Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series for IFC's "Portlandia"), Rachelle Méndez (as one of the producers of Outstanding Reality Program nominee "Undercover Boss" [CBS]), Vanessa Abugho Ballesteros (as Senior Producer of Outstanding Reality-Competition Program nominee "The Amazing Race" [CBS] ), Gustavo Domínguez (Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming for Lifetime's "Project Runway"), Richard V. López (Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming for the History Channel's "The Men Who Built America"), Eduardo Castro (Outstanding Costumes for a Series for ABC's "Once Upon A Time"), Juan Ruiz Anchia (Outstanding Main Title Design for FX's "American Horror Story"), Suzy Díaz (Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special [Non-Prosthetic] for Comedy Central's "Key & Peele").

Outstanding Hairstyling nominations (among several categories) went to Mary Guerrero, Arturo Rojas, Mary Ann Valdes, Beatrice Marie De Alba and Richard De Alba.


Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction nods (among several categories) included nods for
Oscar Domínguez and Félix Peralta. Outstanding Sound Editing nods (in several categories) went to, among others, Ruy García (two nominations) and Julián Gómez (one nomination here; he received a second nomination in the category of Outstanding Picture Editing). Pablo Munguía is nominated against himself (for two different projects) and Adrián Ordóñez in the Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series or Special. Special Effects nominations (among several categories include Ignacio Garcerón (Outstanding Special Visual Effects for ABC's "Last Resort"), Rick Ramírez (Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role for Cinemax's "Banshee"), Elizabeth Castro (Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role for NBC's "Revolution"). 

In addition, the Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork or Video Control categories feature Jofre Rosero (four nominations) Danny Bonilla and Héctor Ramírez (both with three nominations), Manny Bonilla (two nominations), Alex Hernández and Randy Gómez (both with one nomination each). 

Note that the above list does not include every member of a team that was nominated, just the Latinos within each team. 

Note that the above list may be incomplete due to the daunting number of categories.

The Primetime Emmy Award is a television production award and is considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards for film, the Tony Awards for theater and the Grammy Awards for music. The list does not reflect this year's Daytime Emmys, nor any regional or international Emmy Awards. Three related but separate organizations present the Emmy Awards: the Academy of Television Arts & Science (ATAS), the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and the International Academy of Television Arts Sciences (IATAS). Each is responsible for administering a particular set of Emmy award shows.

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in primetime television programming from June 1, 2012 until May 31, 2013, will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, California, USA. Actor and singer Neil Patrick Harris will hoste. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, presented in recognition of technical and other similar achievements in American television programming, will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

For more information, click here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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.

Éric-Dominique Pérez, shown at right, was recently featured in Remezcla. The occasion was the presentation of his self-penned solo show El Gringuito. Directed by A.B. Lugo and assistant directed by Billy Martin Mejía, the show was presented in Ellsworth Park as part of the 11th annual Union City Theater Festival in the Park in (natch) Union City, New Jersey. To see the profile, click here. For more information about the presentation in Union City, click here.

Juan Villarreal booked a role on an episode of "Mortales" (Telemicro).

Héctor Luis Rivera is adapting and directing a Caribbean-themed adaptation of John Millington Synge's The Playboy of the Western World. Titled El farsante de la costa oeste, it stars Amado Marte, Anyeli Maya Rodríguez, Raúl Rivera, Altagracia Frías, Harry Gil, Serxh Velázquez, Zulema Santos Ewens and Enmanuel García Villavicencio in the cast and is set to run in July at Teatro Soy, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.

Teresa Yenque was interviewed by Tony Rodríguez on the MundoFox program "La revista semanal", where they spoke of her long career in show business. For more information, click on the video 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?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

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.

Marcelino Feliciano, shown at right, booked a role in the Douglas E. Huston play Saint Kristie. Produced by Andrew Martin and directed by Cas Marino, the production is part of the 2013 Fresh Fruit Festival and takes place in July at The Wild Project, located in Manhattan’s Loísaida neighborhood. Feliciano booked the role through an HOLA referral. For more information about the production, click here.

Cedric Miró booked a role in the feature film Being Kissed (directed by Alan Smithee).


Carlos A. González, shown at left, was interviewed in About.com about his work as an actor and standup comedian. To read the interview (which is in Spanish), click here.

Mauricio Pita has been quite in demand as of late. He booked a commercial for American Home Shield. He is also acting in the play Moon Songs (written by Sydney Bailey and directed by Freddy Mancilla). The production will take place in July at Theater 54 @ Shetler Studios (located near the Columbus Circle area of Manhattan) and is part of the Perchance To Dream Theatre’s One-Act Play Festival. For more information, click here. Finally, he will follow that up with a role in Guillem Castro’s La fuerza de la costumbre (also directed by Freddy Mancilla). The production will take place in August and September at Repertorio Español, located in the Rose Hill area of Manhattan. For more information, click here. For more information about all things Pita, 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?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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.

Marisol Carrere, shown at right, was the profile in the blog Conversations with Chris. The blog highlights her recent challenges and success as an award-winning actor and filmmaker. To read the article, click here.

Laura Patalano booked a role on the feature film The Young Kielowski (directed by Kerem Sanga).

Jesús E. Martínez and Raquel Almazán will be among the performers in From Breast Cancer to Broadway. A co-production between Pregones Theater and Lincoln Medical Center (through the latter's Arts Exchange program),
the production celebrates the voices of breast cancer survivors in an engaging series of stories written by the women themselves (with playwright Bridgette Wimberly). Directed by Elise Hernández, the production will take place on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Pregones' eponymous theater, located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx.

Carlos A. González
will be doing standup comedy on Friday, July 12, 2013 at Niko's in White Plains, New York, where he will share the bill with Lori Sommer, Jim Mendrinos, Nick Alexander, Aldo Marachlian and Ray Marshall.

Kiki Meléndez, through her production company, Latin Hollywood, will produce Joey Vega's self-penned comedy 50 Shades of Love, Sex & Marriage, which will take place on Sunday, July 14, 2013 in The Main Room of the world famous comedy club, The Comedy Store (located in West Hollywood, California). For more information (or to buy tickets), 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?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Banner Ads 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 (888) 624-HOLA or e-mail us for prices and ad dimensions.

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.

Éric-Dominique Pérez, Emmanuelle Bordas, Carla Caraballo, Roger González, Gerardo Gudiño and Gabriela Ormeño, shown above, clockwise from top left, booked a television spot for Newark, New Jersey's mayor Cory Booker's Senate campaign commercial after the casting director found their profiles on the HOLA online directory of talent and contacted all of them directly.

Alberto Bonilla booked a guest-starring role in the television series "Person of Interest" (CBS). In addition, he is directing (and fight directing) a production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, to take place in July at the Secret Theatre, located in the Long Island City area of Queens. For more information, click here.

Juan Carlos Díaz
will be starring in the Ana Ingham play Dreams of an Englishman. Directed by Vincent Scott, the play will take place as part of the Midtown International Theater Festival (MITF) in July and August at the Abingdon Arts Complex, located in the fashion district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Laura Riveros
will be performing in the prose and movement piece (Miss)ter Silhouette Man. Written and directed by G.J. Dowding (with music by Hillary Capps and Anthony Farina) in July as part of the HOT! Festival, to take place at Dixon Place, located in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. For more information on the production, click here.

The Fresh Fruit Festival will present the work of two HOLA members. Eduardo Leáñez will perform in the solo show You Are Confused! Written by Leáñez and Patrick E. Horrigan and directed by Rosalie Purvis. The show will take place on Friday, July 19, 2013 at The Wild Project in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood.  For more information, click here. Also in the festival is a workshop of Raoul Daniel Luna's self-penned solo show My Last, Best Spouse... or How Lance Loud Saved My Life. Directed by A.B. Lugo, the show will take place on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the Nuyorican Poets' Café, also located in Manhattan's Loísaida festival. For more information, click here.

Due to popular demand, Teatro Vanguardia USA is presenting additional performances of Q.E.P.D. (Que en paz descanse). The play written by José Martínez Queirolo and directed by Iván L. Argudo, stars Marisol Carrere and Argudo and is having a run in July at Teatro Soy, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.

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?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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.

Jeannie Sol, shown at right, has a weekly Sunday night residency at FairyTail Lounge in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. Her show will be broadcast on internet radio by Legends of Freestyle. For more information about the broadcast, click here. She is also directing Eileen Torres-Thomas' self-penned solo show And Justice For All. The show will take place in August at the Kraine Theater in Manhattan's East Village. For more information about the production, click here.

Omar Pérez will be well represented in the Unboxed Voices Second Annual Short Play Festival. Not only is he one of the actors, one of his plays will be produced in the festival as well. The festival will take place at the end of July
at the Kraine Theater in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, click here.

Raoul Daniel Luna will be presenting a workshop of his self-penned solo show My Last, Best Spouse... How Lance Loud Saved My Life. Directed by A.B. Lugo (see below), the workshop is part of the NYC Fresh Fruit Festival and the presentation will take place on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the Nuyorican Poets' Café in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. For more information, click here or here.

Due to popular demand, Éric-Dominique Pérez's self-penned solo show El Gringuito will be presented again in Union City, New Jersey, this time in Ellsworth Park. Directed by A.B. Lugo (see above) and assistant directed by Billy Martin Mejía, the show will take place as part of the annual Union City Arts and Crafts and Music Festival on Thursday, July 18, 2013. 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?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New HOLA Short-Term Memberships Available!!

HOLA is pleased to announce a special deal that is available for a SHORT, LIMITED TIME ONLY. We are offering short-term memberships lasting for three, six and nine months. Check out our 39-69-99 deal.

Membership of 3 months for $39*
Membership of 6 months for $69*
  Membership of 9 months for $99*
* Does not include an optional $15 voiceover designation fee.

What do you get for your short-term membership?


VISIBILITY. Your headshot and resume on our online directory of talent, the HOLA Pages, where you will be seen by casting directors, directors and producers.

ACCESS. You will be considered for casting notices we receive and/or casting notices we will send to you.

NETWORKING. Attend events where you can interact with other performers, directors, filmmakers and other people in the industry.

THE FEELING OF BELONGING. Get mentioned in our acclaimed blog, El Blog de HOLA, and feel part of a group representing the largest growing population in the U.S.– Latinos. According to the U.S. Census, Latinos make up one of every six people in this country.

THE ABILITY TO RE-UP AS YOU CAN. We know the economy is bad. In order to better serve you, we will let you re-up your short-term membership until the end of the year.


Can one still get a yearlong membership from HOLA?

Of course. A yearlong membership is $125* (the best deal) if you live in the NYC metropolitan area. If you live outside the NYC metropolitan area, you get a yearlong
Regional Membership from HOLA at an amazing rate.

How does one become an HOLA member?

It's really simple. Give us a call at (212) 253-1015 and we will do the rest. It's that easy. This special deal is open to new and former members. This offer is open to people in the New York metropolitan area. For those outside the New York metropolitan area, give us a call at (888) 624-HOLA for our Regional Membership (also a fantastic deal).