Tuesday, May 31, 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 (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.

Latinos at the Tonys – Firsts and Milestones

The 70th Annual Antoinette Perry Award, better known as the Tony Awards, will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2015–16 season. This year, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton received a record number of 16 Tony Award nominations. In addition, it also broke a record by having a total of seven of its performers nominated for the Tony in the acting categories. 

As the Tonys turns 70 this year, we decided to take a look at some of its firsts, specifically its Latino firsts and milestones. José Ferrer (shown at left) shared a Best Actor award (with Frederic March for his role in Years Ago) in the first ever Tony Award ceremony for playing the title role in Cyrano De Bergerac (a role he would later perform on the big screen and for which he would win the Academy Award). He would later win four Tonys in 1952 alone.

In 1975, 
Rita Moreno became the first Latina to win a Tony, for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for the role of Googie Gómez in The Ritz. (She is the first performer to win– in addition to the Tony– the Emmy, the Grammy and the Academy Award.

Gerald Gutiérrez became the first Latino to win a Best Director Tony in 1995 for The Heiress. He also repeated in 1996 for his work in A Delicate Balance, becoming the first and only director to win that award in two consecutive years. 

David Álvarez shared the Tony Award with Trent Kowalik and Kirill Kulish for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for playing the title role in Billy Elliot: The Musical (2009). It was the only time multiple people have shared a Tony for playing the same role. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes were the first writers or composers to have a Broadway production win a Best Play or Best Musical (In The Heights won the latter in 2008; Miranda also won that year for Best Score). Chita Rivera (shown at right) is tied with Julie Harris with the most Tony nominations given to a performer, with ten (10) apiece (she has won two, both for Best Actress in a Musical– for The Rink in 1984 and Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1993).

To find out what other Latinos have won the Tony Awards, click here. To see more Tony firsts and milestones, click here.

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.

Pablo Andrade, shown at right and also see below, was highlighted in the Venezuelan daily newspapers El Diario de Caracas and La Región/El Diario de Miranda, where his direction of the Corezón production of Karin Valecillos' play Lo que Kurt Cobain se llevó, was mentioned. The play, which stars Max Sir, Diego M. Chiri, and Yessi Hernández will run in June as part of the VI Festival del Teatro Hispano Del Comisionado at the Sala Rafael Villalona at El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To read the articles, which are in Spanish, click here and here. For more information about the production, click here.

Pablo García Gámez, shown at left, was profiled in the Informe 21 online newspaper where it highlighted his play Olvidadas (produced by Corezón and Pablo Andrade, also see above), which picked up four awards in May at the FUERZAFest - Latino LGBTQ Festival, including an award for Best Production and Best Playwriting (for García Gámez). To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here.

Manuel A. Morán's documentary Títeres en el Caribe hispano: Cuba, República Dominicana, Puerto Rico will have its world premiere in May at the World Puppet Festival and 22nd World Congress of UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette), which will take place at Topic Tolosa in Tolosa, Gipuzkoa, Spain. The documentary, co-directed by Morán, shown at right, and Kristián Otero, will have a New York premiere sometime in the near future. For more information on the documentary, click here.

María Cotto (also known by her nom de danse Mila Cotto), shown at left, performed a stilt dance performance in May as part of the 29th annual Loísaida Festival. Produced and hosted by The Loisaida, Inc. Center, it has been the biggest carnival in downtown Manhattan since 1987, bringing more than 15,000 neighbors, visitors, guests artists, community organizations, companies, NYC leaders and restaurants together to celebrate their Latino contributions to NYC. The Festival celebrates Lower East Side/Loísaida’s pride and diversity while supporting commerce, entrepreneurship, community service and neighborhood revitalization and took place outdoors on Avenue C (doubly billed as "Loísaida Avenue"). 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, May 27, 2016

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.

El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU is presenting its VI Festival del Teatro Hispano in May, June and July at its location (Sala Rafael Villalona) in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. The international festival will be dedicated to actor, director and producer Roy Arias. HOLA members (listed below in boldface) can be found throughout many productions of the festival (some of which are listed below). 

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Ni tan divas ni tan muertas
Written by Indira Páez
Directed by Alfonso Rey

Presented by Proscenio
With Maite Uzal

Hombres de bar en bar
Written by Indira Páez
Directed by Mafer Rodríguez
Presented by IShowNY Productions
With 
Alfonso Rey and Sandor Juan

Lo que Kurt Cobain se llevó
Written by Karin Valecillos
Directed by Pablo Andrade
Presented by Corezón

La entrevista
Written and directed by Antonio A. Méndez
Presented by Yolanny Rodríguez and Teatro Las Tablas
With 
Ana Roshelle DíazDaniel Anthony Hidalgo and Zahydé Pietri


Así que pasen cinco años

Written by Federico García Lorca
Directed by Paul Montoya
Presented by la Caja de los Prejuicios
With Caridad del ValleVenuz DelmarSamuel GarnicaChristian López Lamelas, Juan Villarreal

Suicídame
Written by Yoshvani Medina
Directed by Enmanuel García Villavicencio
Assisted directed by Luis Alvarado

Presented by E3Outlaws Productions
With Mayté Hernández

El mandatorio idiota
Written and directed by Walter Ventosilla
Presented by Guacamolink Performing Arts
With Marisol Carrere

Secretos de mujeres

Written by Dinorah Coronado
Directed by Edison Carrera
Presented by Teatro Tocando Puertas
With Maritza Vives


The festival opened on Thursday, May 26, 2016 and will run through Sunday, July 17, 2016. It will feature 3o plays from theater companies in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, District of Columbia; and theater companies from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia.

All shows will be presented at the Sala Rafael Villalona at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU (located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan). For more information, click here (note that the website is in Spanish).


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 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.


Héctor Luis Rivera, Kathy Tejada and Yvette Quintero were highlighted in the Arte NY blog, as a result of their participation in the 
Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos (TEBA) production of 3 veces De Grandy. An evening of three short plays (El probador, Traducción libre, and Abra kadabra) written by award-winning playwright and actress Julie De Grandy, the plays will be directed by Rivera and co-star Tejada and Quintero. The production will be presented in June at the Broadway Blackbox Theater, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here. [Shown above, left to right: Rivera and Tejada; Quintero.]


Alfonso Rey will be directing the Indira Páez play Ni tan divas ni tan muertas. The play will star Maite Uzal, Andreina Carvó and María Fontanals, and run in June as part of the VI Festival de Teatro Latino del Comisionado at the Sala Rafael Villalona at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.

Mayté Hernández will be acting in the Yoshvani Medina play Suicídame. Directed by Enmanuel García Villavicencio, the production will take place in June as part of the VI Festival de Teatro Latino del Comisionado at the Sala Rafael Villalona at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.

Eduardo Leáñez will be co-starring in the feature film The Last Scene. Written by Félix Hiciano (based on a play by Richard Thomas Henle) and directed by Henle, the film stars Hiciano, A.B. Lugo, Taína Elena, Samantha Safdie, Chris Raglin, and Chanise Renae. The film will start lensing in New York City in June. For more information on the film, 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, May 25, 2016

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.

Rigoberto Garcíashown at right, is playing the recurring role of Héctor on "The Jim Gaffigan Show" (TV Land).

Ángelo Mercado, Jr. shot a commercial promo for a cable television network series.

Ura Yoana Sánchez will be acting in the play The Tragic Circumstances of 1948. Written and directed by Ken Sibanda, the play will be produced in September by the Harlem Repertory Theatre at the Tato Laviera Theatre in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood.

Manuel A. Morán will be producing and directing the play La muela del rey Farfán/The King Who Refused To Love. W
ritten by Serafín Álvarez Quintero and Joaquín Álvarez Quintero, the award-winning production has a new score by Morán and Iván Alexander Bautista, and will be presented by Teatro SEA in June as part of the Arte Pa' Mi Gente/Arts For All Festival, scheduled to take place at La Plaza at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. The cast will include Francisco FuertesIndra Palomo, Shadia Almasri and Morán, among others. Each performance will an opening act (Milteri Tucker and Bombazo Dance Company will perform on Sunday, June 19, 2016) and 
cultural artisans and food vendors. 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, May 24, 2016

Lupita Nyong'o, Rubén Santiago Hudson, James Ortiz Among the 2016 Obie Award Winners

The 61st annual Obie Awards (formerly known as the Off-Broadway Theater Awards) were presented on Monday, May 23, 2016 in a ceremony hosted by Lea DeLaria at Webster Hall in Manhattan's NoHo/Union Square area. The Obie Awards were jointly presented by the Village Voice and (administered since 2014) by the American Theatre Wing. As the Tony Awards cover Broadway productions, the Obie Awards cover Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions.


Among the winners this year were Lupita Nyong'o and the complete cast (Akousia Busia, Zainab Jah, Pascale Armand, Saycon Sengbloh) of the Danai Gurira play Eclipsed (now playing on Broadway), who were among the Performance awardees. Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj won the Best New American Play honor. James Ortiz received a Design Obie for his puppet design of The Woodsman (he also did the scenic design of the production, co-directed and stars in the musical, which is currently playing at New World Stages). Under Special Citations: Collaborations, Dominique Morriseau and Rubén Santiago Hudson shared an award as playwright and director of Skeleton Crew. Carmen de Lavallade and A.R. Gurney picked up Lifetime Achievement honors. For more information (including a full list of winners), click here. [Clockwise from top right: Ortiz; Morriseau and Santiago Hudson; the cast of Eclipsed.]

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.

Tony Rodríguez, shown at right, in character, in the photo at right, was profiled in the Farándula Show TV blog, where his work as an actor and producer of the Argentine-U.S. feature film Almas de furia (co-directed by Pablo Yotich and Lucio Fernández, the latter of who also co-stars) was highlighted. Also highlighted in the blog is Rodríguez's co-star Mônica Steuer (shown at left, in character, in the photo at right). To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Gerardo Gudiño, shown at left, was featured in the Puerto Rican daily newspaper El Nuevo Día, where his co-starring role in the Rafael Albarrán play Checkmate, was mentioned. The play was presented in May by Oomph!, and directed by Gama Valle as part of the FUERZAfest - Latino LGBTQ Fest at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here.

A.B. Lugo is starring in the feature film The Last Scene. Adapted by Félix Hiciano from the Richard Thomas Henle play of the same name, the film will be directed by Henle, and start principal photography in June. For more information, click here.

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja) and Jane Gabriels are special guests on the new single from Nejma Shea (also known as Queen Nejma Nefertiti) titled "Heavy! (If Anyone's Interested)", off of Shea's extended play collection Rise to the Occasion. To listen to an excerpt of the song (caution: some strong language), which was co-produced by de la Luz, click 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?

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Paley Center For Media Recognizes Hispanic Achievement In Television

"I Love Lucy" stars and producers
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
The Paley Center for Media hosted a first of its kind tribute to Hispanic achievement on television Wednesday, May 18, 2016, bringing together the biggest Latino stars in Spanish and English-language television at the Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan's Financial District.

The event honored Hispanic contributions in telenovelas, comedy, news, drama and televised sports and music events with video supercuts from 
the Paley archive’s Hispanic collection.
Actor-singer Lucie Arnaz.
Notable guests and presenters included América Ferrera, Mario "Don Francisco" Kreutzberger, George López, Lana Parrilla, Edward James Olmos and Jimmy Smits. Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball (“I Love Lucy”), also took the stage in a special moment honoring her father’s legendary career on television.

The Paley Center announced it would repeat a similar tribute to Hispanic contributions in television on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. For more information, click here or here.