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Miami Dade College's Alumni From Its Renowned Prometeo Theatre Succeeding On The Stage And Screen

Prometeo Theatre (Hannia)

Hannia Guillén, a Prometeo Theatre alumna starring in "La Repetición," is just one of the MDC grads making waves in the industry.

Miami, October 3, 2008 - Alumni from one the nation’s oldest and most respected Spanish-language theater training programs, the Prometeo Theatre at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, continue leaving their marks in the industry. Today, under the leadership of respected director, choreographer and producer Joann Yarrow, Prometeo Theatre continues to be the place to go for training in all aspects of Spanish-language theater and more.

From master acting classes to voice to children’s theater, Prometeo offers numerous training programs and classes, and moves in new directions each year to uncover the most cutting-edge performance training approaches and new talent.

Part of the college’s Florida Center for the Literary Arts, Prometeo has produced some major gems including Pulitzer-winner Nilo Cruz, and actress Hannia Guillén. Many studied under Teresa María Rojas - Prometeo’s founder and former director. They and many others are making news by appearing in plays and participating in motion picture projects.

On one hand, the Miracle Theater (280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables) recently inaugurated La repetición with great success.  This theatrical piece was written by Cuban playwright Antón Arrufat in 1963 and produced by Javier Siut for the recently created group Maderamen. The play is under the general direction of award-winning playwright and Prometeo alumnus Nilo Cruz, who won a Pulitzer Prize for writing Ana en el trópico (Anna in the Tropics). La repetición is crowned with the participation of seasoned actors who trained at Prometeo and its former director - Hannia Guillén, Javier Siut and Rojas.

It is these talented artists and others that continue bringing positive attention to Prometeo. Rojas, who founded Prometeo in the 1970s, is highly recognized for her career as a teacher and as a respected actress in the movie, television and theater industries worldwide. Although Rojas is currently retired from the college, where she was recognized with three Endowed Teaching Chair awards, her legacy continues to live on in the artistic field, and her former program keeps laying the foundation for actors who want to follow in the steps of successful pupils. As mentioned previously, those successful former students include Cruz, whose other works include Lorca in a Green Dress, Night Train to Bolina, A Bicycle Country, Dancing on Her Knees, A Park in Our House, Two Sisters and A Piano, and Hortensia and The Museum of Dreams. Cruz is one of this country’s most produced Cuban-American writers.  Another splendid role model for Prometeo students is Guillén who has already taken up important roles in Hollywood. She is also a Cuban-American actress best known for her portrayal of Paloma Lopez-Fitzgerald on the daytime television soap opera Passions.

While La repetición was premiering, one of the most important magazines in the entertainment industry, Variety, announced that renowned Hollywood screenwriter Robert “Boby” Moresco will be directing the movie Daughter. This production centers on Alina Fernández Revuelta, exiled daughter of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and who fled Cuba in 1993. Moresco will be sharing script titles and credits with none other than Nilo Cruz. This film’s production crew is set to begin filming next year. Moresco’s credits include 10th & Wolf and Crash. He has also acted in three films. In addition, he wrote scripts for the television series EZ Streets, Millennium and The Black Donnellys.

Miami Dade College is the largest higher education institution in the United States and a leader in cultural arts. It is home of not only the Pometeo Theatre, but also Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance series, the MDC Art Gallery system and other respected campus theaters.

For more information on the Prometeo Theatre, please call 305-237-3262 or visit www.prometeotheatre.com.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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