QUIERO with Paola Lázaro: On How and Why She Writes & Her Passion for Mental Health Awareness
Paola Lázaro is a playwright and actress born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from SUNY Purchase College and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. Paola is Atlantic Theater Company’s 2016/2017 Tow Playwright-in-Residence, supported by The Tow Foundation. She was a member of the Public Theater’s 2015 Emerging Writers Group and was selected as Playwright-in-Residence for the 2016 Sundance Theatre Lab in Morocco. Some of her plays include Contigo and There’s Always the Hudson.
Emma Ramos is a bi-lingual Mexican actress, comedian, and sketch comedy artist. She produces, writes and performs in her web series B.U.T.S. (Bilingual Underrepresented Titless Sallies) which was nominated for a 2016 and 2017 Imagen Award and currently boasts over 900,000 organic views online.
QUIERO with Kevin Arbouet: How He Picked Up the Phone and Made His Career Happen
Kevin Arbouet is a writer, director, producer and film executive whose career has been about expanding the idea of what diversity in filmmaking really means. Formerly the VP of talent at Lee Daniels Entertainment, Kevin's own filmmaking breakthrough came in a quintessentially 21st Century way: with a viral video that exploded overnight to 100 million views around the world. Read More about Kevin here: https://austinfilmfestival.com/screen...
QUIERO with Michelle Veintimilla: How She Embraced Discomfort, Her Body, and Propelled Her Career
Michelle is a stage and television actress who starred alongside Chita Rivera in the Tony nominated musical, The Visit, played Firefly on Gotham, and is now a series regular in Seven Seconds on Netflix.
QUIERO with Seven Seconds' Raúl Castillo: How Acting Gave Him Purpose
Raúl Castillo is a graduate of McAllen High School and Boston University's School for the Arts. He is a film and television actor, known for Looking (2014), Atypical (2017), Seven Seconds (2018), and We the Animals (2018).
QUIERO with Moisés Kaufman: How He Followed His Intuition and Built a Theater Legacy
Moisés Kaufman is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated director and playwright, and a 2015 recipient of the National Medal of Arts. His play The Laramie Project (which he wrote with the Tectonic Theater Project company) is among the most performed plays in America.
QUIERO with Giselle León: How She Fights for Diversity as An Entertainment Executive
Giselle Leon is a groundbreaker in multicultural business ventures. After rising through the ranks at Creative Artists Agency, the biggest talent agency in the world, she’s now an Executive at Turner Sports where her portfolio includes the likes of the NBA and the MLB.
QUIERO with X Mayo: How She Built Her Comedy Hustle as an AfroLatina
X Mayo is a performer, writer, and taco expert. She hails from Los Angeles and currently resides in New York City. She is a performer at Upright Citizens Brigade and is on the house team, 'Top Heavy.' She is the producer/creator of "Who Made The Potato Salad?" A Cookout Comedy Show that gets made in a day by people of color.
QUIERO with Alexander Dinelaris Jr: How Storytelling Saved His Life
ALEXANDER DINELARIS is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for the screenplay of Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Most recently, he adapted the novel Entering Hades into a feature film with Michael Fassbender. In the spring, Alex will direct his first feature film, Still Life, adapted from his play. Alex is the book writer of The Bodyguard Musical and of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Broadway musical On Your Feet!