Friday, October 30, 2015

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 (888) 624-HOLA 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 (888) 524-HOLA or (888) 524-4652. (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.

Why Join HOLA? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About HOLA


WHY JOIN HOLA?
Frequently Asked Questions

• Is HOLA an agency or management company?
No. While we work similarly to an agency or an artist management company, we do a lot more. In essence, HOLA is a membership organization, a not-for-profit arts service and advocacy organization that offers jobs and casting opportunities, workshops and seminars and special events to its membership.

• Does one have to audition for HOLA?
No. HOLA is a membership organization. Just pay the annual membership and you become an HOLA member.

• I am a new actor. Does HOLA apply to me and how so? (Or conversely, I have a fair amount of experience. How does HOLA apply to me?)
HOLA members range from the beginner to the established and everywhere in between. HOLA will apply to you at every stage of your career.

• Do I have to speak Spanish (or Portuguese) to be an HOLA member?
No. HOLA members speak English only, Spanish only, or both languages fluently. Our Brazilian members speak Portuguese as well as English. There is no requirement for any member to speak Spanish (or Portuguese) to be an HOLA member.

• What kind of casting notices do you receive?
HOLA receives all kinds of casting notices— from union and nonunion, through the disciplines of film, television, theater and voiceover. The majority of our notices are distributed to our membership. There are some instances, whether because of short notice or because of the search for something very specific, that HOLA makes referrals to certain talent.

• I have signed representation. Would that be in conflict with HOLA?
No. In fact, we would put your signed representative’s name and number on your online profile. It would be another way to promote yourself without conflict.

• If I book a job through HOLA, do I owe you a commission?
No. We are not an agency or artist management company. You are under no obligation to give us a commission. (But if you want to show your appreciation with a donation, we’ll be forced to take it, I suppose.)

• I am in the process of getting my citizenship. Could I still join HOLA?
Yes. As long as you can legally work in the U.S., you can join HOLA.

• Does HOLA have a social media presence?
Yes. We are on FacebookTwitter and have our own channel on YouTube. In addition, we are on Wikipedia and have our own blog, titled El Blog de HOLA.

• What if I am not an actor but I like what you do?
You could support HOLA by becoming a Friend of HOLA and donating to the organization. If you are a producer or director, a Friend of HOLA donation allow us to promote your productions!

All About Becoming an HOLA Member or a Friend of HOLA

Wanna be an HOLA member? Wanna know more about HOLA first?

HOLA
 is a not-for-profit arts service and advocacy organization founded in 1975.


HOLA members get their headshots and resumes on our web directory. In addition, HOLA receives casting notices from various sources that we pass on to our members (or in specific cases, help refer actors to the casting director).

HOLA offers low-cost workshops and seminars, professional counseling, special events and networking activities. We also produce the HOLA Awards which honor outstanding achievement by Latinos in entertainment.


HOLA has a Facebook page and a Twitter page in addition to this blog (imaginatively titled El Blog De HOLA). Whenever a member is doing a project, we can promote via e-mails we send out, through our Members in Performance page on the website or in El Blog on our HOLA Member Bochinche column (only good bochinche, never bad bochinche). It functions as another outlet to promote your work. HOLA is also on YouTube and on Wikipedia.

What if you are not an actor? You can support HOLA by being a Friend of HOLA. For more information, click here.

To become an HOLA member online (New York metropolitan area), fill out the member application form here.

WELCOME NEW AND RETURNING MEMBERS – SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2015

Below is a list of new (and returning) HOLA members who joined between September 1, 2015 and October 31, 2015. (Note that "returning members" refer to those members who have returned to HOLA after having their memberships expire for some time and do not include renewing members.)

(Top row, left to right)Angélica Álvarez, Martha Alzate(second row, left to right): Edward Azcorra, Raphael Benavides(third row, left to right)Gonzalo Cardani, Mariana Cárdenas; (fourth row, left to right)Samuel Garnica, Sandra Gumuzzio; (fifth row, left to right)Nicolet Lisotto, Nick Luis; (sixth row, left to right)Martha Luisa Osorio, Gloria Ospina; (seventh row, left to right): Eric Robledo, Esteban Rodríguez-Alverio; (eighth row, left to right): Ura Yoana Sánchez, María de Lourdes Severny(bottom row, left to right): Marcos Sotomayor, Fabián Zarta.










Thursday, October 29, 2015

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.

Manuel A. Morán, shown at right, was featured in the Puerto Rican daily newspaper El Nuevo Día, where it talks of him taking his 2015 HOLA Award-winning production of Sueño (based on the William Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream; adapted by Norge Espinosa and directed by Morán) to Puerto Rico. The production will be part of the 51st annual Festival de Teatro Internacional of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP), which is dedicated to Morán. Sueño will take place in December at the world famous El Castillo San Felipe del Morro (more commonly known as El Morro) in Viejo San Juan. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here.

Edison Carrera is directing Dinorah Coronado's Secreto de mujeres. The play, which features Maritza Vives in the cast, will take place as part of the Festival Internacional de Teatro - Mujeres en Escena (FITME 2015), taking place in November at the William V. Musto Cultural Center/Union City Museum in the West Hoboken area of Union City, New Jersey. For more information, click here.

2015 HOLA Performer's Choice Award recipient Raúl Rivera is directing Arnaldo Rodríguez's play El chismecito. The production will feature Martha Alzate in the cast and be produced in November as part of the En Un Acto Theater and Film Festival, being presented by TEBA at the Broadway Blackbox Theater, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. For more information, click here.

Marcos Sotomayor acted in The Flama comedy video "If Dominicans Created Uber" (He can be seen briefly as the "potential cat caller". To see the video, click here or on the top video below. He also appears in the third webisode of the webseries "The Streets" (written and directed by Will Hue and produced by Old Kid Productions), which can be seen in the bottom video below (caution: adult language and violence).





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, October 27, 2015

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.

The Teatro Rafael Villalona at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU has announced its fall 2015 season and many HOLA members can be found in many of the productions (some of which are being remounted after winning awards for their original runs). They are listed below (HOLA members are listed in boldface).

El invierno de Abril

Produced by Tabula RaSa Performance Lab
Written by Ricardo Sarmiento Gaffurri 
Directed by Ramiro Antonio Sandoval
Starring Jorge Luis BerríosVenuz Delmar, 2015 HOLA Awards recipient Franco GonzálezÁngela Pérez, et al.
October 29-November 1, 2015

La boda

Produced by Teatro Columna
Written by Virgilio Piñera
Directed by 2015 HOLA Awards recipient Leyma López
Starring 2015 HOLA Awards recipients Sandor Juan, Annia Bu, Zulema Clares, and Erick González 
November 19-22, 2015

Yerma

Produced by E3Outlaws Productions
Written by Federico García Lorca
Directed by 2015 HOLA Performer's Awards recipient Enmanuel García Villavicencio
December 3-6, 2015

Trilogía de Juan Rulfo

Produced by iD Studio Theater
Written by Juan Rulfo
Directed by 2015 HOLA Awards recipient Germán Jaramillo
Starring 2015 HOLA Awards recipient Sandor Juan, et al.
December 10-13, 2015

El malentendido [2015 HOLA Awards recipient]

Produced by ArtSpoken Performing Arts Center
Written by Albert Camus
Directed by 2015 HOLA Awards recipient Yoshvani Medina
December 15-18, 2015

The Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU is located in Manhattan's Washington Heights-Harlem neighborhood. For more information about its theatrical offerings, 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?

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 was featured in Latin Trends magazine where her role as a co-producer of the popular interactive webseries "Gran'pa Knows Best" was mentioned. Del Valle negotiated an acquisition deal with HBO Latino for the series (in a first of its kind deal for interstitial programming). Created, co-produced, directed, shot and edited by William D. Caballero (shown at right, with Del Valle and "Gran'pa") and based on his award-winning short film How You Doin', Boy? Voicemails From Gran'pa, its star is Caballero's own grandfather Víctor Muriel (who voices the title character, itself a 3D model of Muriel). "Gran'pa Knows Best" (which can also be seen on HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO On Demand, in addition to HBO Latino). To read the article, click on the image at right.

Teatro Círculo is presenting Carlos Ferrari's Los titingós de Juan Bobo. Directed by José Cheo Oliveras, the production will take place in December at Teatro Círculo's namesake theater in the East Village and star Eva Cristina Vázquez, Oliveras, Johary Ramos, Fermín Suárez, Jessica Florí, Jeanette González, Edna Lee Figueroa and Jorge Dieppa. For more information, click here

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja), shown at left, at the Day of the Dead festival taking place on Halloween weekend and presented by The American Indian Museum located in the South West area of Washington, District of Columbia. For more information, click here

2015 HOLA Award recipients Mario Golden and Andreas Robertz, through their HOLA Award-winning company OneHeart Productions and in collaboration with the Fantastic Experimental Latino Theater (FELT), are presenting the Allen Davis III Playwriting Lab. Named after the playwright, teacher and HOLA Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Allen Davis III,  the workshop will take place for fall, winter and spring sessions at the FELT studio, located in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. For more information, click here or here, or look at a video interview with Mssrs. Golden and Robertz by clicking here or on the image 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?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

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.

2015 HOLA Awards recipient Juan Villarreal, shown at right, received a gold medal and a certificate from Premios Pablo Podestá for his 50 years of affiliation with the Congreso Nacional Argentino. The ceremony took place in the Salón Azul of the Congreso de la Nación in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information, click here (note that the site is in Spanish).


The Society of the Educational Arts/Sociedad de las Artes Educativas (SEA), through its founder and producer Manuel A. Morán, is presenting its annual Borimix festival. Usually a festival of Puerto Rican arts and culture taking place during the month of November (Puerto Rican Heritage Month), this year will highlight the special relationship between Puerto Rico and Cuba ("two wings of the same dove", as written by poet Lola Rodríguez de Tió). In addition to the performance offerings, the festival honors people and institutions with the Borimix Awards. Receiving awards this year will be the HOLA, also known as the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (to be accepted by Executive Director Manny Alfaro) and Manolo García Oliva, for his work in promoting Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Latino/Hispanic arts and culture. Other Borimix Award recipients this year include actor Luis Guzmán and Tony Award-winning musician, composer and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. For more information, click here. [Above, left to right: Alfaro, García Oliva.]

Patrick Michael Valley is acting in the play In Sheep's Clothing. Written and directed by Tony Vozzo, it will be presented in December at the Producers' Club Theaters, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan.

Mónica Delgado will be performing in October with the Colombian folkloric dance company Pajarillo Pinta'o (under the direction of Daniel Fetecua) at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, located in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood. 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?

2015 HOLA Performer's Choice Awards Recipients Announced – ¡Por mi madre que es verdad! & Manchild Machismo

The recipients of the 2015 HOLA Performer's Choice Awards were announced at the 2015 HOLA Awards on Monday, October 12, 2015 at the Battery Gardens in New York City. The general public voted online for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Solo Production, respectively, in the New York City Latino theater season between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. More than 2600 votes (for over 80 productions) were cast, and the five finalists (top five vote-getters) were announced shortly before the awards ceremony. The recipients of the award would be the playwright, director, actor(s) and producer(s) of the producer(s). The finalists are listed below in alphabetical order by title.

Outstanding Production
El invierno de Abril (Tabula RaSa NYC/Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado)
Federico García Lorca vuelve a nacer (E3Outlaws Productions/Lorca Al Desnudo-eARTh Theater Festival)
Non Tutti I Ladri Vengono Per Nuocere/No hay ladrón por que bien no venga (E3Outlaws Productions/Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado)
¡Por mi madre que es verdad! (Group of the Arts)
Rosita (Group of the Arts/Lorca Al Desnudo-eARTh Theater Festival)


Outstanding Solo Production
Juana, reina de España (Monologando Ando Festival)
Láyel (Monologando Ando Festival & Teatro Círculo)
Manchild Machismo (The ONE Festival/TTO Productions)
The Naked Truth (The ONE Festival/TTO Productions)
You Are Confused! (Ryan Repertory Company)


With over 38% of the vote, the 2015 HOLA Performer's Choice Award recipient for Outstanding Production is ¡Por mi madre que es verdad! (Group of the Arts). Accepting the award was producer-director-actor J. Edgar Mozoub*. He was joined onstage by fellow actors Enmanuel García Villavicencio*, Raúl Riveraand 2015 HOLA Awards recipient Héctor Luis Rivera*. Also receiving a 2015 HOLA Performer's Choice Award are producer Arberto Fernández, playwright Pablo Cabrera, and actors Digna Carvajal, Telba Cavero*, María Cotto*, Dílcia De Jesús, Altagracia Frías, Agar García, Milo Galicia, A.B. Lugo*, Amado Marte, Erickson Peralta, Yvette Quintero, Schneider Ureña and Pedro Vargas. (Names marked with an asterisk indicate an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA.)

With over 32% of the vote, the 2015 HOLA Performer's Choice Award recipient for Outstanding Solo Production is Manchild Machismo (The ONE Festival/TTO Entertainment). Accepting the award was playwright-actor A.B. Lugo*. Also receiving a 2015 HOLA Performer's Choice Award are director Omar Pérez*, and producers Verónica Caicedo and José A. Esquea*. (Names marked with an asterisk indicate an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA.)

Congratulations to all of the 2015 HOLA Performer's Choice Award recipients!!

[Photos by Anthony Ruiz/ARuiz Photography.]