as Lee Valenzuela
Award-winning actor Esai Morales is an outstanding actor in television, theater and film. Since his feature film debut in “Bad Boys” in 1983, the actor has continuously given performances that strongly resonate in the hearts and minds of his audience.
After graduating from New York’s High School for the Performing Arts, Morales made his stage debut in “El Hermano.” For three seasons, Morales played Lieutenant Tony Rodriguez in the Emmy, award-winning series “NYPD Blue.” He also starred in Showtime’s “Resurrection Blvd.,” PBS’s drama series “American Family,” FOX’s “Vanished;” and most recently USA’s “Burn Notice.”
In 2002, Morales was awarded the “Best Actor in a Television Series” at the prestigious Alma Awards and was honored with Entertainer of the Year at the 17 Annual Imagen Awards for his work on “NYPD Blue.” He also received an Imagen Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his work in “American Family.” He received critical acclaim for his roles in the films “Rapa Nui,” and “Mi Familia.”
Morales is involved in charities and non-profit organizations like the National Hispanic Foundation, which he co-founded with actors Jimmy Smits and Sonia Braga, that works to advance the presence and quality of Latinos in media, telecommunications and entertainment. He is also a founding board member of the Earth Communications Office (E.C.O.), and he is a national board member of the Screen Actors Guild.
as Lucia Valenzuela
Lupe Ontiveros is an award-winning actress, producer, activist and visionary. Whether portraying ‘La Nacha’ in the Oscar-nominated film “El Norte” or as a founding member of the Latino Theatre Company in Los Angeles, Ontiveros has made both memorable and lasting contributions to the entertainment industry.
Her film credits are extensive, including such notable movies as: “Picking Up the Pieces” with Woody Allen; “Chuck and Buck,” directed by Miguel Arteta; “As Good as It Gets” with Jack Nicholson, directed by James R. Brooks; “The Brave” directed by Johnny Depp; and Mi Familia/Selena, directed by Gregory Nava. Ontiveros also starred in the HBO feature “Real Women Have Curves.”
In addition to guest appearances as Juanita Solis on ABC-TV’s mega-hit “Desperate Housewives, where she was nominated for an Emmy in 2005 for this role, she has been a series regular in “Greetings From Tucson,” she is the voice of Abuelita on the PBS-animated, children’s series, “The Adventures Of Maya And Miguel,” and she has countless television credits that include pilots and regular appearances on series, as well.
as Alma Valenzuela
Yvonne Delarosa, born to a Colombian mother and Native American father, is a sought-after Latina actress in Hollywood. She was awarded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts award by Esai Morales, Jimmy Smits, and Sonja Braga, as one of their rising stars. Delarosa’s performances in drama and comedy are a testament to her acting versatility. Since her breakout role in “Senor White”, DeLaRosa has starred in several feature films including: “Helter Skelter,” “Desolation Canyon,” “Blue Sombrero,” and “Final Destination,” just to name a few. Her impressive television credits include, “Law and Order LA,” “Weeds,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “CSI Miami,” “NCIS,” “The Closer,” and many more.
as Paul Valenzuela
as Jennifer Valenzuela
Ana Villafañe, a Cuban and Salvadoran actress, is a Miami native. Ana began acting at the age of 9 at the Actor’s Playhouse in Coral Gables, and went on to do numerous commercials. She then moved to Los Angeles, where she played a runway model in the Bollywood hit film “Dostana,” and starred in an episode of America’s Most Wanted before booking the role of “Catalina” in the award-winning feature film “Magic City Memoirs” (executive producer Andy Garcia, Miami International Film Festival 2011). Most recently, she’s been back on stage in the Hollywood production of the musical “RENT,” as Mimi Marquez (Jerica Productions; Hollywood Hudson Theater). While not working, Ana studies music at Loyola Marymount University with an applied emphasis on vocal performance.
Jovan Armand is an incredibly talented, up-and-coming young actor. In addition to his work on “Los Americans,” Armand has co-starred in the television series pilot “Back Nine,” starring John Schneider and Miguel Nunez, made cameo appearances on Disney XD’s “Zeke and Luther,” and VH1′s “Dad Camp.” Armand can also be found appearing in several Internet projects directed by award-winning directors such as Mark Klasfield and Todd Fields.
Valerie Rose Curiel
Valerie Rose Curiel is a graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She has appeared in many t.v shows such as Lie To Me, Cougar Town, Hanna Montana, Pretty Little Liars and most recently a guest star on NCIS: LA. Coming from a strong musical theatre background, Valerie has been seen on stage in the original cast of the Tony Award winning musical MEMPHIS, A Litlle Princess (with Andrew Lippa) and was in the Los Angeles Regional Premier of RENT.
Bibiana Navas is a Columbian Actress who began her theatrical studies at a very young age at the National School of Dramatic Arts. In 1990, she starred as Guadalupe Biancha in the comedy “Super Lupe” in her native country.
Navas became an integral part of the stellar cast of “Los Americans,” a Robert Townsend production written and directed by Dennis Leoni where she portrays the undocumented wife and mother of a Latin American family struggling for the American Dream.
Navas has portrayed a variety of personalities and has proven to be a highly versatile talent. She has a long history of Latin American soap operas which have been aired internationally on Telemundo, Telefutura, Caracol Internacional and RCN Television to name a few. The productions include, “Café con Aroma de Mujer (Coffee with the scent of a Woman),” ‘Pedro el Escamoso (Peter the Flake),” “La Tormenta (The Storm),” “Decisiones (Decisions),” “Asi Es La Vida (That’s how life is),” and “Las Noches de Luciana (Luciana’s Nights).”
In 2008, Navas decided to follow her dreams to Hollywood and landed her first job on Desmmond Howard’s production of “Hacienda Heights,” directed by Tom Ephlin. She has since portrayed a variety of roles in domestic and International commercials and for films such as, “American Style,” directed by George Anton, “Crank 2,” and “Terminal.”
In 2009, Navas was asked to return to her country to portray the role of Clemencia Quijano in the soap opera “El Encantador (The Charmer).” While in Columbia she guest starred in the series “Corazon Abierto (Open Heart),” and the soap opera “Oye Bonita (Hey Beautiful).”
Returning to the states in 2010, she continues to portray diverse characters television and film.
as Victoria Kirkendahl
After growing up in Dallas, Texas, Carrie headed north to be a cheerleader at the University of Oklahoma where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Journalism. After working in theatre and independent film in Houston, Carrie moved to Los Angeles where she continues to work in film and has also appeared in numerous television shows including Two and a Half Men, Monk, Rules of Engagement and Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight. She will next be seen in the upcoming Disney comedy, A.N.T. Farm. Outside of acting, Carrie spends time cooking, tutoring children through a non-profit agency, and working on her Frisbee skills.
Derek DuChesne, born in California but raised in Wisconsin, enjoys surfing, music and writing when he’s not acting. He’s appeared in several national commercials and cable television shows, including “Dexter”, “The Riches” and “Las Vegas.” He landed his first leading role in a thriller titled “The Corporate Cut Throat Massacre” (2009). He’s studying business at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Tony Plana is an accomplished actor (in more than 70 feature films and countless television shows), dedicated director and prolific producer with many professional honors. He earned a bachelor’s degree through the Honors Program in Literature and Theatre Arts, graduating magna cum laude, from Loyola-Marymount University. He also received professional training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
You may remember Plana as Ignacio Suarez, the widowed father to America Ferrera’s “Ugly Betty,” in ABC’s landmark, groundbreaking hit series for which he received the 2006 Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy, and an Alma Award nomination for best supporting actor in a television comedy. He’s also starred in Showtime’s original series, Resurrection Boulevard, and was nominated for two Alma Awards for best actor. Most recently, Plana received high critical acclaim for his portrayal of Santiago in Nilo Cruz’ ”Anna in the Tropics” at South Coast Repertory, the first Latino play to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
He is also the recipient of two Nosotros Golden Eagle awards for outstanding work in film and television, as well as five Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards for Theatre.
Plana is the co-founder and executive artistic director of the East L.A. Classic Theatre, a group comprised primarily of Hispanic American theatre professionals. For the past 10 years, the East L.A. Classic Theatre has been dedicated to serving the Latino community through educational outreach programs to primary and secondary schools and through bi-lingual productions of traditional and contemporary classics.
Through the East L.A. Classic Theatre, Plana has developed a unique and innovative literacy program called Beyond Borders: Literacy through Performing Arts. It is designed to enable students to expand their educational horizons and academic achievements by moving beyond their personal, cultural and vocational borders.
Plana is married to actress, Ada Maris, and is the proud father of Alejandro and Isabel.
Douglas Dickerman found his acting calling with his first pair of Superhero Underoos. The joy of pretend sparked his passion for creative expression. Dickerman honed his craft at the British American Drama Academy in England, and at Ithaca College’s Acting Program, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Dickerman has performed in the off-Broadway production of “Never Swim Alone,” as well as numerous television and film roles. Dickerman’s film work includes: “The Last Laugh,” “How to be a Serial Killer,” “Terminal Conversation,” and the “The Great Pretenders.” Television credits include: “Law &Order”, “Numb3rs,” “Medium,” “Law &Order: Criminal Intent” and “Out of the Blue.”