Pasadena-Based Latino Advocacy Group Hosts Latino Talent Showcase

Pasadena-Based Latino Advocacy Group Hosts Latino Talent ShowcasePasadena-Based Latino Advocacy Group Hosts Latino Talent ShowcasePasadena-Based Latino Advocacy Group Hosts Latino Talent ShowcasePasadena-Based Latino Advocacy Group Hosts Latino Talent ShowcasePasadena-Based Latino Advocacy Group Hosts Latino Talent ShowcasePasadena-Based Latino Advocacy Group Hosts Latino Talent ShowcasePasadena-Based Latino Advocacy Group Hosts Latino Talent ShowcasePasadena-Based Latino Advocacy Group Hosts Latino Talent ShowcasePasadena-Based Latino Advocacy Group Hosts Latino Talent ShowcasePasadena-Based Latino Advocacy Group Hosts Latino Talent Showcase

From STAFF REPORTS

5:09 pm | October 12, 2018


Over 400 entertainment industry executives, talent managers, agents, and casting directors attended the sixth Annual Latino Scene Showcase Wednesday, October 10, an event hosted by the National Hispanic Media Coalition, a Pasadena-based media watchdog for the Latino community, and the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.

The annual event, the only showcase in Hollywood to feature all Latino talent, is aimed at infusing more Latino writers, directors, and actors into the entertainment industry. The scripts used in the showcase Wednesday were written, directed and performed by graduates of the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Latino TV Writers Program and Latino talent recruited by the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

“In this day and age, it’s more important than ever for the Latino community to be fairly represented on television and in film,” Alex Nogales, president and CEO of NHMC, said. “We always hear that the industry can’t find the Latino talent. Well, here they are. There are no more excuses for them not to hire Latinos. We are a diverse community who demand inclusion in all facets of the entertainment industry. We’re not asking anymore.”

José Luis Valenzuela, artistic director of the LATC, said the showcase harnessed some of the “immense amount of creative talent” in the Latino community to get the entertainment industry’s attention.

“We are dedicated to providing a place where the convergence of people, cultures, and ideas result in amplifying stories that can be heard, seen and felt by audiences on the stage, on television and online,” Valenzuela said. “Our hope is that we can seed critical relationships between industry executives, talent agents and this new generation of Latino creatives to give diverse audiences the culturally relevant content they need and want.”

Valenzuela, an award-winning theater and film director and a tenured professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is also the Showcase’s artistic director.

The NHMC sponsors not only a TV Writers Program, but also a Latino Scriptwriters Intensive, working to ensure the staffing of more than 50 Latino writers on top-rated TV shows.

During the Showcase, Latino actors performed seven scenes from scripts written by Latinos, including “El Corazon Negro,” written by Eric Esquivel, directed by Geoff Rivas and performed by Hector Hernandez, Janet Lopez, and Geoff Rivas; “Hello, Bye, Die,” written by Gabriel Brugni, directed by Sylvia Blush and performed by Nikki Mejia, Peter Pasco, and Andrew Santiago; “Call Me Lucia,” written by Emanuel Gironi, directed by Sylvia Blush and performed by Raiza Licea, Amanda Rivas, and Cruz Castillo; “Tata and Luci,” written by Jordan Rubio, directed by Geoff Rivas and performed by Steph Garcia and Dani Adaliz; “Happy Divorce-aversary,” written by Rachanee Lumayno, directed by Marissa Herrera and performed by Larianny Perez, Chris Trovador and Keely Jimenez; “Boxing Rabbits,” written by Daniela Bailes, directed by Marissa Herrera and performed by Monica Garcia and Natasha Galano; and “Shoelaces,” written by Maria Escobedo, directed by Sylvia Blush and performed by Jorge Berrios, Manuel Correa, and Karen Bethzabe.

The Latino Scene Showcase is sponsored and supported by Univision/Fusion, CBS Corporation, STARZ, HBO, DishLATINO, 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and Disney ABC Television Group, Final Draft, and the Writers Guild of America, West.

To learn more about the NHMC and its programs, visit www.nhmc.org or email info@nhmc.org.