She began her acting career with the teacher Teresa María Rojas. He has worked on more than 15 plays and 12 soap operas, in addition to the TV series Burn Notice and Hacienda Heights. In cinema she has starred in the shorts Chambelona and Fade Out. She started as a theater producer with Fresco Productions and Venevisión Internacional and was responsible for the Script Department for CIM Video Productions. He worked as a production assistant for Gems TV, Sánchez & Levitán, Zubi Advertising and Siboney USA. Since 2001, when she founded Arca Images, she has produced more than 30 plays, two short films and 5 exhibitions of plastic arts. Alexa is a graduate of the Florida International University Master’s Program in Hispanic American Literature and is currently earning a PhD in the same area of study.
He studied Dramaturgy and Direction at Brown University and was part of María Irene Fornés Dramaturgy workshop at Intar Lab in New York. In Miami he studied acting with Professor Teresa María Rojas. Cruz has seen the staging of his plays in more than 15 countries and is the first Latin American to obtain the Pulitzer Prize in Theater and the Steinberg Award for his piece Anna in the tropics (2003), in addition to having been nominated for the Tony Award. Other important awards are: PEN Award (2012), USA Cisneros-Fontanals Prize (2012) and Helen Merrill. As Director and Translator we can highlight: Ana en el Trópico, Bernarda Alba’s house, Doña Rosita la Soltera, La Vida es Sueño, Ay, Carmela !, and the adaptation to the theater of A very old man with huge wings by García Marquez. He wrote the libretto for the opera Bel Canto, commissioned by soprano Renée Fleming and performed at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago in 2015. He also wrote the screenplays for Castro’s daughter and Anna in the tropics. He traveled to Japan to document in theater the testimonies of the victims of the tsunami. In 2019, Exquisite Agony was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
He began as an actor under the tutelage of Teresa María Rojas at the MDC and debuted under the direction of Nilo Cruz in Persecution, by Reinaldo Arenas. He participated in several international soap operas and stood out in Azúcar Amarga, a film by León Ichaso. He dedicated more than a decade to teaching at the School of Arts and Minds and is now in charge of directing the Arca Images Acting Workshop. As an actor, among his most recent works, he starred as Vania in Tío Vania, Pío Miranda in El Día que me Quieras and Stalin in Love Letters to Stalin. As a director he has more than 20 productions to his credit, the most recent being: Checkers, The Canterbury Tales, René’s Tales, Neva, In The Next Room, I was Home Waiting for the Rain to Fall and Legends. Villanueva is co-founder and director of Arca Images.
René Valverde, Entrepreneur, One Venture Capital
Jorge Lario, Entrepreneur
Antonio Dieguez, Independent TV Executive
Beatriz Urguelles, President of Diverta Group
Teresa María Rojas, Actress, Poet, Drama Teacher
Roberto Santamarina, Entrepreneur, Morphe Fitness Studio & Wellness Spa
Dr. Lillian Manzor, Director of Undergraduate Studies at UM, and Cuban Theater Digital Archive