Zaida CastellanosFirst Year Acting Instructor, Conservatory
Zaida graduated from the Superior Institute of Art of Cuba and has had a long career as a theatre, TV and film actress. She worked on the following theatrical productions in her native Cuba: Antes del desayuno, El senor de Pourceaugnac, Esta noche se improvisa la comedia, La querida de Enramada, Arriba corazón, Maestra vida, Juana de Belciel and La mandrágor. She participated in three different International Theatre Festivals in Venezuela and Colombia with La Celestina, Requiem por la luna and El corsario y La abades. She performed important TV roles in well known Cuban telenovelas such as Un bolero para Eduardo, La séptima familia, El tigre, Retablo personal and El naranjo del patio; also appearing in TV-movies including Mirna, Primer día de resurrección, Noche de sábado, Sin tiempo para la tristeza and La sombra. She participated in a number of Cuban films, most notably in the movie Madagascar, directed by Fernando Perez, with which she received best female role award in the V Film and Latin American Culture Festival of Biarritz, France. For this role, she also received a Special Mention in the XXI Film Festival of Huelva, Spain. In Miami, she acted in and directed the play El escogido, adapted by Ma. Julia Casanova based on Neil Simons' El elegido de Dios. Her most recent work includes the plays Hay que seguir bailando, El hombre que vino del mar, La casa de todos, La señorita de Tacna y El malentendido. She has also been a part of the faculty of Teatro Prometeo at Miami Dade College as an Acting instructor as of five years ago.
Cristina RebullSecond & Third Year Acting Instructor, Conservatory
Graduated from the Superior Institute of Art of La Habana, she specialized in the performing arts, though she also took classes in visual arts, music and voice and singing. She has directed a number of plays, as well as worked directing in television, music arrangements, radio and as a music conductor. She has participated in academic and theoretical events in the realms of performing arts, dramaturgy and directing. She has taught acting, directing, history of music and children's theatre workshops in numerous higher education institutions in Cuba, Spain, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Paraguay and the United States. She has acted in over 30 plays, including a rock opera and three musical theatre comedies. She has been a scriptwriter for 10 dramatic series for television, and has also written publicity spots for UNICEF. Author of 10 theatrical plays, two of which have been published and one becoming a finalist of the Virgilio Piñera National Award for Dramaturgy in 2001. Eight of her plays have been performed in stages in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Ecuador and the United States.
Humberto GonzalezDance Instructor, Conservatory
After graduating from the National Art School of La Habana as a professional dancer and instructor in 1973, he begins his long artistic career with the Ballet of Camagüey and remains there for 7 years. It was here where he began his work as a choreographer with the piece "Pleamar" in 1979, which went to win an award at the First National Choreography Competition of the UNEAC in 1980. That same year he starts working with the National Ballet of Cuba where he remains until 1986. With the National Ballet of Cuba he created a number of pieces for their repertoire, including "Redes", "La Bailarina Española" and "Al Tercer Día de Lluvia" while still continuing his work as a dancer in both classic and contemporary pieces. In 1985 participates in the Second Electroacoustic Festival of Music with three nights of choreography and multimedia work with the piece "Primavera en Varadero", directed by Juan Blanco. He is invited to Holland in 1988 and there works with the dance group Cloud II Chamber, participating in the Holland Festival. During his year in Holland, he also collaborated with the Djazzed Dance Company in The Hague. He returns to Cuba in 1989 and starts his own dance company with which he presented the piece "Cantos de las Flores Bizantinas". In 1991 he is invited to the south of Mexico to instruct dance workshops and conduct anthropological research on the indigenous communities of Choles and Chontales funded by UNESCO and the Indigenous Institute of Tabasco. During his time in Mexico, he also started the dance group "Nikamba". Since 1994, he has lived in the United States and has collaborated with renowned groups and institutions such as Teatro Avante, Miami Dade College, Berkeley City Ballet, Marin Dance Theater, Stapleton School of the Performing Arts and other academic institutions in California and Florida. He has travelled to Russia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Check Republic, Slovenia, Turkey, Greece, Finland, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Colombia and Nicaragua. He is currently the dance instructor and choreographer for Miami Dade College's Teatro Prometeo.
Vivian RuizVoice and Diction, Acting for the Camera and Laboratory for the Camera Instructor
Camera and Voice and Diction Instructor, Conservatory
Vivian Ruiz, experienced actress in theatre, radio and Television in both English and Spanish. Made her debut in theatre with Prometeo, directed by Teresa Maria Rojas. In theatre, Vivian has participated in over 30 productions. "Steel Magnolias", "The Last Stop", an adaptation of "A Streetcar named Desire", "Divinas Palabras", "Rosa de Dos Aromas" and "La Casa de Marina" written and directed by Rolando Moreno, to name a few. This last production represented Cuba in the Ninth International Theatre Festival in Wash., D.C. In television, Vivian has participated in various telenovelas in Telemundo and Univision. "Angel Rebelde", "El Cuerpo del Deseo", "Las Dos Caras de Ana" as well as starring in "Decisiones" and "Loteria" both thru Telemundo Network. She's one of the most recognized commercial, industrial and dubbing "Voice Over" talent in English and Spanish internationally in tv, radio, and film. Her first mayor opportunity came, when she was asked to host "Survival Spanish" a series of educational programs teaching Spanish to american audiences nationally. Produced by Miami Dade Community College Television Productions in North Campus. She was chosen in LA to be part of "Miami Sands", the first "American" soap opera (120 episodes) filmed in Miami. Was guest star in "Miami Vice", "Unsolved Mysteries" and "Americas Most Wanted". In Italy, she was the female principle in "Extra Large", a mini-series for TV, shot in Miami over a two year period, working with Bud Spencer and Philip Michael Thomas. This series won a Tele-Gato, the Italian equivalent of an Emmy. Vivian hosted "Estrenos y Estrellas", the hispanic version of "Entertainment Tonight" thru Telemundo Network which aired nationally for 5 consecutive years from 1988 thru 1993. This series also won an Emmy. In 2007, she made a webnovela, "Mi Adorada Malena" presented by Unilever/Caress, thru Univision.com. She had a starring role in "El Cartel de los Sapos" (Telemundo) a series of 39 episodes dealing with the Cartel of el Valle del Norte in Colombia produced by RTI and Plural Entertainment. One of Vivian's mayor satisfactions is to be part of Prometeo as a professor to give back what was once offered to her and to share the experience with her students that she has acquired as a professional in the entertainment business over the last 30 years. She teaches Acting for the Cameras, Camera Lab, and Voice and Diction in the vocational program. In October 2010, Vivian left to Clearwater, Fla. where she filmed for 2 months the 3D movie "Dolphin Tale" alongside Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Conick Jr. A film based on a true story of a Dolphin who lost its tale and battled to make it and today "Winter" serves as inspiration to many children, adults and our soldiers. Dolphin Tale was released by Warner Bros. September 2011. In March 2011, she was cast as "Yolanda" in one of Telemundo's most successful telenovelas, "La Casa de al Lado". Her rendition of Yolanda has placed her in a very important position in her career as a respected and well known actress worldwide.
Joann María YarrowHistory of Theatre Instructor, Conservatory
Joann Maria Yarrow was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and directs, choreographs, and produces theater and film around the world. Currently she is the Artistic Director of Prometeo Theatre, the nation's only Spanish-language Acting Conservatory and the one of the country's most reputable Hispanic theatre organizations. As a director and choreographer, she has presented theater in Denmark, London, Madrid, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and has served as the Artistic Director of the Sopa Americana Festival in Curitiba, Brazil. Joann also co-founded of A Laboratory for Actor Training in New York, a company created with Vernice Miller after working and training with the Odin Teatret in Denmark. Ms. Yarrow received her BFA from Boston University and her M.F.A. in directing from the University of California at Irvine. She has taught at the Universidad de Alcalá in Madrid, the NYU Madrid Program, Skidmore College, Babson College, Coast to Coast Theatre, and headed the Acting Program at Union College in New York. She co-directed the film "Unspoken" that won several television and film awards as well as producing a documentary, titled "Beyond Offence," dealing with issues of diversity. She is an active member the Director's Lab West in Los Angeles and the National Latino Alliance. As Artistic Director of Prometeo Theatre, Ms. Yarrow created Prometeo's Conservatory in Theatre Arts, the first professional Spanish-language training program in the US, as well as expanding the children's theatre program, Los Prometeitos as a Saturday, After-School and Summer Camp. She has co-presented and directed productions for the International Hispanic Theatre Festival, produced performances for the Miami Book Fair International, as well as toured Prometeo productions to the Dominican Republic, the UCSUR Festival in Lima, Peru, the New England Russian Theatre Festival, the V International Festival of Theatre Schools in Quito, Ecuador and at Union College in New York. In 2010 she was honored by the Miami Herald as one of South Florida's top 20 Artists under 40, and has recently been featured in the book "The art and practice of directing in Latin America: Central America and United States. "
Olga MartinPrometeitos Instructor, Acting
Prometeitos' Acting teacher Olga Martín comes to Miami from Madrid, Spain. Her background is filled with art: Her father is a surrealistic painter, her grandfather a film actor and her sister directs, acts and runs a children's theatre company in Madrid. She studied under Carmen Senra, contemporary dance with Martha Graham and ballet and jazz with Karen Taft and El Ratón. At Sala Tarambana in Madrid she taught dance and acting for children. She received her degrees in Psychology from the University of Madrid and graduated cum laude and with Honors from Florida International University with an International Relations degree, also receiving a second degree in Geography. The Department of Education of Florida has accredited Olga to teach Spanish, Social Science and Preschool until the fifth grade. She became certified in Montessori education and teaches at Appletree Montessori in Southwest Ranches, FL. Her passion for the arts and childhood education provides a fun and disciplined environment for those under her tutelage.
Susy LeandroPrometeitos Instructor, Dance
Susy Leandro began her career in Camaguey, Cuba where she graduated from the School of Professional Arts. She was a principal dancer for the Ballet of Camaguey, directed by Fernando Alonso, where she received the silver medal in 1983 from the National Ballet Festival of Camaguey. She was also a principal dancer for the Municipal Ballet of Trujillo, Peru, and received two prizes during her time with this company; in 1991 she won the first prize for best female interpretation at the International Festival of Trujillo, and in 1997 she won the Gold Medal of Honor and Excellence as Best Director and Ballerina of the Municipal Ballet of Trujillo. She founded the Giselle School of Ballet in Peru in 1983 which focused on training the body, specifically geared towards children and teenagers, which in 2005 was awarded by the municipality of Trujillo the Gold Medal for the most outstanding school in the district. In 1997 she also founded Estilos Ballet Company with the aim of proving opportunities to young ballet dancers and choreographers to present their body of work. Since 2006 she lives and works in Miami as a professor and principal dancer of the Ballet Concerto School. She also teaches and choreographs for two of Prometeo Theatre's programs: Los Prometeitos, which are the youngest members of Prometeo, as well as for the Conservatory in Theatre Arts Program which is unique in the nation being the only conservatory-style actor training in Spanish. She has received numerous accolades for her work on the choreography of many of the Conservatory's pieces, most notably her work in "Lección para señoritas" and "Mujeres de Shakespeare". Susy also worked as a ballet teacher with different programs within The Children's Trust of Miami-Dade County from 2008 until 2011. She has performed in Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, France, Cuba and in the United States.