Wednesday, August 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 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.

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 – JULY AND AUGUST 2016

Below is a list of new (and returning) HOLA members who joined between July 1, 2016 and August 31, 2016. (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): Gualterio AlomarPaulina Altamirano; (second row, left to right): Jorge ÁlvarezMonte Bezell(third row, left to right): Elizardi CastroVíctor Cruz(fourth row, left to right): Frank CuervoJenmary Day(fifth row, left to right): Erubiel EnríquezFabrice Ginnette(sixth row, left to right): Shevy GutiérrezTannia Kustka(seventh row, left to right): Albania MatosCristina Noya(eighth row, left to right): Omar PeláezStephanie Rocío(bottom row, left to right): Baldemar RodríguezVanessa Verduga.












Monday, August 29, 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.


Vladimir Ríos, shown above left, was featured in the August 2016 issue of A&U magazine, where he spoke of  his collaboration with photographer Lester Blum, the documentary photography project Invisible, which shines a light on everyone who feels “invisible” in today’s society, whether it be caused by age, handicap or disability, mental illness, disease, weight issues, or lifestyle. The project was photographed and filmed as a documentary of the testimonies of the models. The project is currently exhibiting at the Pride Center of Staten Island/Staten Island LGBT Community Center, located in the Tompkinsville area of Staten Island, with an opening reception scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2016. For more information, click here or here. To read the article in A&U magazine, click on the images above right, then left, and then right, respectively.

2016
HOLA Awards recipient 
Mario Golden's play The Boxer's Son will be presented as a workshop in September in Mexico. Titled El hijo del boxeador, the workshop will be directed by Golden and take place in La Casa del Teatro in the Coyoacán neighborhood of Mexico City, Distrito Federal. For more information on the workshop, click here.


The award-winning play Noche tan linda, written by 2016 HOLA Awards recipient Pablo García Gámez, shown at right, will be presented in Argentina. The production will be directed by Romina Oslé and take place in September at the DelBorde Espacio Teatral, located in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The cast will comprise of Aluminé Sanchis Zabalegui, Florencia Peralta, Guadalupe Espinosa, Hernán Maldonado, Lucía Clessi, and Martín Cuñarro. For more information, click here (note that the website is in Spanish).

Basil Rojas
is directing Cindy Lou Johnson's play The Years. The production will star Xandra Leigh Parker, Stephen Dexter, Tamra Paselk, Jesse Corbin, and Jonathan Demar (and feature stage management by José A. Esquea) and will take place in October at the 4th Street Theater, located in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, click here and 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?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

In Chicago, the IN THE HEIGHTS Non-Latino Lead Continues to Stir Controversy

Porchlight Music Theatre’s
In The Heights cast
at a recent rehearsal.
Photo by Michelle Leatherby.
"What seems to be [Chicago's] Porchlight [Music Theatre]'s problem is that they are taking the universality of [Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical] Hamilton and trying to apply it to [his earlier musical] In The Heights. Heights is a universal story too, but told specifically through Latino voices. Trying to get to universality by skipping the specific voices misses the whole point. There is a reason why Heights was told with Latino voices in the first place." –Brian Herrera, Princeton University theater professor and author of the book Latin Numbers
Check out Raúl A. Reyes' article in NBC News regarding the latest on the casting controversy of the Porchlight Music Theatre upcoming production of the Lin-Manuel Miranda-Quiara Alegría Hudes musical In The Heights by clicking here.

[For more information about the controversy, click here.]

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.

Rubén Roberto Gómez, shown at right, executive produced and stars in The Remake. The feature film is written and directed by Lynne Alana Delaney (who also costars) and co-stars Sally Kellerman, Robert Romanus, June Lockhart, Patrika Darbo, Sheila Korsi, and Larry King. The award-winning feature is currently hitting the film festival circuit. For more information, click here.

2016 HOLA Awards honoree Víctor Cruz can be seen in a web and broadcast New York Lottery commercial geared for the Spanish-speaking market.

Iliana Guibert, shown at left, is starring in the film Twice Upon A Time. Written by Guibert (who also executive produced) and directed by Paul Borghese, the short film, inspired by true events, won Best Short Feature Film at the Nyack Film Festival in Nyack, New York.

After success on the New York stage, Alicia Kaplan and Danisarte took Soliluna, a bilingual interactive musical series of folktales from the five continents, to tour the international stage. Created and directed by, and co-starring Kaplan (with technical direction by Hernán Acuña), the production toured Colombia in August with stops in Pereira and Santa Rosa de Cabal (both in Risaralda). Danisarte was also enlisted by Governor of the Risaralda Department, Sigifredo Salazar Osorio, to partner up with his arts-in-education initiative, titled Presupuesto Participativo. 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?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Comunicado de Prensa de los Premios HOLA 2016

Para publicación inmediata
Contacto: HOLA (212) 253-1015 holagram@hellohola.org

Presentan lista de XVII Premios HOLA de la
Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors

Los galardonados incluyen a Javier Muñoz, Modesto Lacén, Sunny Hostin,
Hugo Macías Macotela, Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado,
Artur Balder y Víctor Cruz

Los premios
HOLA también se entregan al trabajo sobresaliente
del teatro latino de Nueva York durante la temporada 2015-2016

Nueva York, Nueva York, EEUU (25 de agosto de 2016)– El gremio de actores latinos más antiguo de Estados Unidos, la Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), dio a conocer la lista para la decimoséptima edición de su gala anual de premios. Los premios HOLA van a honrar a los actores Modesto Lacén, Javier Muñoz, Hugo Macías Macotela, y Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado; la periodista Sunny Hostin, y los cineastas Artur Balder y Víctor Cruz.

El actor Modesto Lacén recibirá el premio HOLA Excelencia en el Género Telenovela. El Sr. Lacén protagonizó a Pedro Knight en la telenovela "Celia" (por lo que recibió una nominación de los Premios Tu Mundo) y a Tomás en "La esclava blanca".

El premio HOLA Excelencia en el Medio de Comunicación va para la presentadora de origen boricua, Sunny Hostin. Es la Corresponsal Legal Superior de la cadena ABC News, con una larga trayectoria como analista legal de CNN News. En septiembre de 2016 también será una de las anfitrionas de la vigésima temporada del programa televisivo de ABC "The View".

Javier Muñoz, quien actualmente interpreta a Alexander Hamilton en Hamilton, el musical más exitoso de los últimos años en Broadway, recibirá el premio HOLA-R.Evolución Latina Dare To Go Beyond, que se entrega cada año a un actor cuyo trabajo se considera ser un ejemplo para la comunidad latina. La obra musical Hamilton recibió 11 premios Tony este año.

La organización entregará un premio especial a los realizadores Artur Balder y Víctor Cruz, por su contribución al reconocimiento y apreciación de la comunidad latina en los Estados Unidos. El Sr. Balder es documentalista (Little Spain y La realidad de lo imaginario); y el Sr. Cruz es actor, guionista y director quien recientemente realizó el largometraje The Stockroom.


Los actores Hugo Macías Macotela y Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado también recibirán premios por sus extensas carreras en el mundo del entretenimiento.

HOLA también entregará por segunda vez los premios HOLA Performer's Choice, seleccionados por votación popular. Estos premios serán otorgados en dos categorías: Producción Sobresaliente (con un elenco) y Unipersonal Sobresaliente. Para votar para estos premios es necesario entrar a la página de internet de HOLA, www.hellohola.org, y hacer clic en la liga de "Performer's Choice". La votación para estos premios cerrará a las 6pm hora de Nueva York el viernes, 21 de octubre de 2016. Los ganadores serán anunciados en la gala de premios.

Además de rendir estos homenajes, HOLA continuará su tradición de galardonar lo mejor del teatro latino en Nueva York, otorgando premios no competitivos a diversos ganadores en cada categoría. HOLA se mantiene a la vanguardia en el reconocimiento de participaciones teatrales de alta calidad en todos los escenarios latinos de Nueva York, mismos que van en aumento y prosperan cada vez más. La temporada teatral para los premios HOLA inicia el 1ero de julio de cada año y abarca hasta el 30 de junio del año siguiente. La lista de ganadores de la temporada 2015-2016 se incluye a continuación.


El cupo para la gala de premios es limitado. Los boletos cuestan US$100 (hay un número reducido de boletos de US$85). Los boletos se pueden adquirir por adelantado llamando a HOLA al (212) 253-1015.

Lista completa de 2016 HOLA Premios a la Excelencia en Teatro

Actor Principal

Dimas González, Buenos días Noruega (Teatro Itinerante de Venezuela/VI Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado)
Mario Mattei, La Gloria (Teatro SEA)
Francisco Porras, Cuando duerme contigo (ArtSpoken Performing Arts/Thalía Hispanic Theatre/II Semana Teatral de Miami en Off-Broadway)
Alfonso Rey, La gran Semíramis (Repertorio Español)

Actriz Principal
Angie Regina, La danza de Mingó (Otro Teatro NY)
Jeannie Sol, La Gloria (Teatro SEA)
Mônica Steuer, Prospect (Boundless Theatre Company)
Maite Uzal, La gran Semíramis (Repertorio Español)

Actor Secundario

Luis Carlos de La Lombana, La tía Julia y el escribidor (Repertorio Español)
Germán Jaramillo, Burundanga (Repertorio Español)
Héctor Luis Rivera, La espera (TEBA)
Claudio Weisz, El burlador de Sevilla (Repertorio Español)

Actriz Secundaria

Zulema Clares, La tía Julia y el escribidor (Repertorio Español)
Agar García, Lisístrata odia la política (TEBA)
Soraya Padrao, Burundanga (Repertorio Español)
Laura Spalding, Toda esta larga noche (Teatro Vanguardia USA)

Unipersonal

Caridad del Valle, Yo no soy Lupita (Teátrica)
Carlos Espinal, Peter el rojo, The Gorilla (IATI Theater)
Jei Osorio, Julia Pastrana, de la rareza y otros talentos (IX Festival de Teatro de CCN-USA)
Susan Rybin, Kahlo, más allá de Frida (Rybin Entertainment)

Actuación de un Reparto

Marcelo Carrascosa, César Augusto Cova, Jessica Florí, Sarai Heria, Sandor Juan, Bertha Leal, George Riverón, Úrsula Tinoco, Claudio Weisz, El burlador de Sevilla (Repertorio Español)
Noemí de la Puente, Mario Golden, Vivienne Jurado, A.B. LugoMirandy Rodríguez, Nikaury Rodríguez, David Van Leesten, Exile is My Home (Theater for the New City/OneHeart Productions)
Pablo Andrade, Zulema Clares, Dalia Davi, Luis Carlos de la Lombana, Gerardo Gudiño, Germán Jaramillo, Christian López Lamelas, Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado, Alfonso Rey, La tía Julia y el escribidor (Repertorio Español)

Producción Técnica/Diseño de Producción

Zenén Calero, por el diseño escénico, de vestuario y de títeres de Por el monte Carulé (Teatro de las Estaciones/Teatro SEA)
Daniel Fetecua, por la coreografía de La Gloria (Teatro SEA)

Leni Méndez y Susan Rogers por el diseño escénico y de vestuario de La tía Julia y el escribidor (Repertorio Español)
Eduardo Navas, por el diseño de luces de La gran Semíramis (Repertorio Español)

Dramaturgia

Julie de Grandy, Confundida (Teatro del Aire)
Pablo García Gámez, Yo no soy Lupita (Teátrica)
Yoshvani Medina, Matématica del deseo (ArtSpoken Performing Arts/VI Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado)

Dirección

Diego Chiri, La gran Semíramis (Repertorio Español)
Leyma López, Yo no soy Lupita (Teátrica)
Billy Martin Mejía, La danza de Mingó (Otro Teatro NY)
José Zayas, La tía Julia y el escribidor (Repertorio Español)

Reconocimientos Especiales

Marisol Carrere y Emely Grisanty, por sus actuaciones en El mandatorio idiota (Guacamolink Performing Arts/VI Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado)

Premio HOLA Performer's Choice (Producción con Elenco)

• Anunciado en la noche de la gala de premios

Premio HOLA Performer's Choice (Producción Unipersonal)
• Anunciado en la noche de la gala de premios

Producción Visitante

Matemática del deseo (ArtSpoken Performing Arts, Miami, Florida/VI Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado)
Yoshvani Medina, Yenilen Mola, Juan David Ferrer, Yrelkah Brown

Máxima seguridad (Compañía Nacional de las Artes, Bogotá, Colombia/VI Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado)
Piedad Bonnet, Nelson Celis, Wilmar Saldarriaga, Víctor H. Grajales, César Morales, Alejandro Gómez


Premio HOLA Gilberto Zaldívar de Producción Musical

afroTango (Thalía Hispanic Theatre)
La Gloria (Teatro SEA)
Las 1001 noches: Historia de amor en el corredor de la muerte (Teatro Anacaona/VI Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado)

Premio HOLA Gilberto Zaldívar de Producción Dramática 

El mandatorio idiota (Guacamolink Performing Arts/VI Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado)
La tía Julia y el escribidor (Repertorio Español)
Toda esta larga noche (Teatro Vanguardia USA)


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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.

Elizardi Castroshown at right, is performing his self-penned solo show, aptly titled Solo! Subtitled At The Wrong Place. At The Right Time., the show is self-directed and will be performed next in September at the John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, click here.

Patrick Michael Valley is co-starring in the short film 480 Seconds (written and directed by Christopher Conto), which just finished principle photography in Utica, New York.

Suni Reyesshown at left, was nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Sketch at the Official Latino Short Film Festival in New York City for her work in The Flama's "If Mexicans Celebrated 4th of July Like Americans Celebrate Cinco de Mayo", which is also up for Best Sketch. For more information, click here.

Judy Torres will be performing her hits at the Coney Island Freestyle Funhouse concert. She will share the bill with TKA, George Lamond, Biz Markie, The Cover Girls, Coro, Sugar Hill Gang, Brenda K. Starr, Noel, Corina, Nayobe, Nocera, and others. The concert will take place Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the Ford Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.

Iliana Guibertshown at right, won the Best Screenplay -Diamond Award at the NYC Indie Film Awards for her film Twice Upon A Time. Starring Guibert (who also executive produced) and directed by Paul Borghese, the short film, inspired by true events, has been hitting the film festival circuit, with its next screening in September at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theater as part of the Golden International Film Festival in Jersey City, New Jersey. 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?