Billy Elliot's Álvarez Named HOLA Award Winner

By Adam Hetrick
23 Jul 2009

Billy Elliot Tony Award winner David Álvarez is among the winners of the 2009 HOLA Awards, which honor the work of Hispanic actors in the arts, entertainment and communications industry.



Founded in 1975, HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors), strives for "an accurate, informed and non-stereotyped portrayal of Hispanic culture, people and heritage in theatre, film, television, radio and commercials." The 10th annual HOLA Awards will be presented Oct. 26 at the Players in Gramercy Park South.

Álvarez will receive HOLA's Special Recognition Award; others who will be recognized with that honor are Pregones Theater, actor Ricardo Gómez and the Univision network. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to actress and Thalia Spanish Theatre founder Silvia Brito and René Sánchez.

The 2009 HOLA Award recipients follow:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production
    Sunilda Caraballo, Choreography of Screaming in Silence (Fantastic Experimental Latino Theater)
    Ángel Gil Orrios, Set and lighting design of Don Juan por los siglos de los siglos (Thalía Spanish Theatre)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting
    Marcelo Rodríguez, Cartas a una madre (Repertorio Español)
    Caridad Svich, La casa de los espíritus (Repertorio Español)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Direction
    José A. Esquea, Romeo and Juliet (Soñadores Productions/Teatro LA TEA)
    Gabriel Gorcés, Requiem por Yarini (Retablo Hispanic Theatre)
    Jorge B. Merced, El huésped vacío (Teatro IATI)
    José Zayas, La casa de los espíritus (Repertorio Español)

  • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble
    Las quiero a las dos, María Antonieta Duque, Luis Fernández and Mimí Lazo (Repertorio Español)

  • Outstanding Solo Performance
    Marga Gómez, Long Island Iced Latina (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater/TeatroStageFest)
    Frank Rodríguez, Cosas que encontré en mi camino (I Festival de Teatro Cubano en Un Acto)
    María Vidal, El corazón de Antígona (Teatro IATI)

  • Outstanding Performance by a Featured Male Actor
    Mateo Gómez, Romeo and Juliet (Soñadores Productions/Teatro LA TEA)
    Modesto Lacén, Requiem por Yarini (Retablo Hispanic Theater)
    Jesús E. Martínez, Romeo and Juliet (Soñadores Productions/Teatro LA TEA)
    William Saquicela, Don Juan por los siglos de los siglos (Thalía Spanish Theatre)

  • Outstanding Performance by a Featured Female Actor
    Rosie Berrido, Requiem por Yarini (Retablo Hispanic Theater)
    Beatriz Córdoba, La casa de los espíritus (Repertorio Español)
    Selenis Leyva, La casa de los espíritus (Repertorio Español)
    Soledad López, Don Juan por los siglos de los siglos (Thalía Spanish Theatre)

  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor
    Luis Carlos de La Lombana, La vida es sueño (Repertorio Español)
    Gerardo Gudiño, El huésped vacío (Teatro IATI)
    Nelson Landrieu, La casa de los espíritus (Repertorio Español)
    David Ponce, Requiem por Yarini (Retablo Hispanic Theater)

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor
    Basílica Bliachas, Macbeth (E3Outlaws Productions)
    Zulema Clares, La vida es sueño (Repertorio Español)
    Denise Quiñones, La casa de los espíritus (Repertorio Español)
    Carissa Jocétt Toro, Romeo and Juliet (Soñadores Productions/Teatro LA TEA)

  • Outstanding Visiting Production
    ¡Ábrete sésamo! (Caleidoscopio Teatro/TeatroStageFest)
    Diciembre (Teatro en el Blanco/TeatroStageFest)
    La noche de Eva (I Festival de Teatro Cubano en Un Acto)

  • Outstanding Musical Production
    Amor latino (Thalía Spanish Theatre)
    Puro TANGO (Thalía Spanish Theatre)

  • Outstanding Dramatic Production
    El huésped vacío (Teatro IATI)
    La casa de los espíritus (Repertorio Español)
    La vida es sueño (Repertorio Español)

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