Alexa Kuve - Executive Director

Alexa Kuve, actress and founder of ARCA IMAGES, resides in Miami where she has achieved considerable success in her theatre, television, and film career. She was awarded “Best of the Miami 2001” by The New Times for her performance in the theatrical production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”. On stage, we have also enjoyed her performances on “El Día que me Quieras”, “La casa de Bernarda Alba”, “Tales from Decameron”, “A $2.50 la Cuba Libre”, among others. Recently, we saw her performance in “Chamaco” and “Carne”, for which she was nominated for an ACE award as “best actress”. Her work on US Spanish television includes outstanding performances in “Marielena”, “Guadalupe”, “Amor Descarado” , “Anita no te Rajes” , and “Más Sabe el Diablo”. In the American market she’s worked in series such as “The Disciples” and “Burn Notice.” Alexa has developed a career as a producer managing and directing ARCA IMAGES. Some of her latest productions are “Talco” by Abel González Melo, which was elected by “El Nuevo Herald” as best play of the year for 2010, “La Retirada de Moscú”,

“Hortensia y el Museo de Sueños” and "Sotto Voce", these last two productions were written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz.

Nilo Cruz - Artistic Director

Nilo Cruz won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his play, "Anna in the Tropics," making him the first Latino to be so honored. He is author of more than 13 plays and four translations. He studied theater first at Miami-Dade Community College and later in NYC under fellow Cuban María Irene Fornés. Fornés recommended Cruz to Paula Vogel, who was then teaching at Brown University, where Cruz received his M.F.A. in 1994. He was playwright-in- residence at the New Theatre in Coral Gables, FL, where he wrote "Anna in the Tropics," which received the Pulitzer and Steinberg prizes in 2003. Its Broadway premiere in 2004 starred Jimmy Smitts in the lead role. He was recently awarded with the Greenfield prize.

 

Plays by Cruz have been presented by the Public Theater, NY Theatre Workshop, Pasadena Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Alliance, New Theatre, Florida Stage and the Coconut Grove Playhouse. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and has taught playwriting at Brown University, the University of Iowa, Yale and University of Miami. In 2009, he received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a distinguished American playwright in mid-career.

 

Larry Villanueva - Instructor and Director

 Larry Villanueva was born in Havana, Cuba.  At the age of seventeen he joined “Prometeo Theater Group”. For six years, he developed his craft as an actor in their workshop. He participated in many of their productions. He also worked with Avante Theater and participated in many of their Theater Festival’s productions.

He interpreted the role of Bobby in the movie Biter Sugar. Larry has experimented in the field of theater and film directing. He has written a play called “A breath of Air” which he’s currently adapting to a screenplay.

 

He has written and directed a short film called “Chambelona” which will soon be participating in Film Festivals around the world. Four years ago he achieved his Bachelors in Fine Arts at the University of Miami, majoring in Film and Photography. For two years was the instructor of the acting program at Prometeo at Miami Dade College and now is currently working as a drama teacher at “Arts and Mind” School.

 

He is also Co-Founder and Resdident Director and Instructor for Arca Images.He wrote, directed, and acted in the following productions for Arca Images:“Chambelona”, “Alla Afuera Hay Fresco” and “Downtown Witches”. He also directed for Arca “El cuento de René” and “The poster is a tree”.

 

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