Our Instructors


Joann Maria Yarrow

Joann María Yarrow

Executive Director of Teatro Prometeo
History 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 Teatro Prometeo, the nation’s only Spanish-language Acting Conservatory under an academic institution (Miami Dade College) and the one of the most reputable Hispanic theatre organizations. As a director and choreographer, she has presented theater in Denmark, London, Madrid, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Brazil. Joann is co-founder of A Laboratory for Actor Training in New York, a company created with Vernice Miller after working and training with 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, and Union College. She co-directed the film “Unspoken” as well as produced the documentary, "Beyond Offence," dealing with issues of diversity. With Prometeo she has directed productions for the International Hispanic Theatre Festival, toured performances to the Dominican Republic, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Boston, Los Angeles and New York. She was honored by the Miami Herald as one of South Florida’s top 20 Artists. She is a featured director in the book “The art and practice of directing in Latin America: Central America and United States,” and her adaptation and translation of Oliver Mayer’s Filo al fuego has been included in the Tramoya Anthology, 2014. Prometeo is the recipient of the Knight Foundation Challenge Grant to develop Play time! An International Theatre Festival for Children with Teatro Prometeo and Joann is collaborating with Broadway puppet artist Jim Hammond to premier their production at the Miami Book Fair International.

Joann Maria Yarrow

Ramón Martinez-Díaz

Production Manager

Ramón Martínez-Díaz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has more than 20 years of experience working in theater, television and radio as an actor, theater director, writer, and production manager. Holds a BA in Theater from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Sacred Heart, Santurce Puerto Rico.

His experience includes performing for the popular WIPR Radio Program recording soap operas and kids programs (2001). He was the voice of Tomás the Book in the children’s television program, "Come and see". He worked in the sitcom "Myhouse.com" and in the soap opera "The return of Belinda" among other projects. Was one of the founders and members of El Timbre theater troupe in Puerto Rico (1996), and toured with the company to New York to present "What We Know is Boring" at the off-Broadway Spanish theater, Repertorio Español (N.Y.), presented as part of the Latin-American Directors’ Series (1999). As a director he has presented the musical of Saints Exupery's The Little Prince, and The Happy Dogs’ Circus among others. As a stage manager he has worked with renowned theater and operettas companies in Puerto Rico, touring to Mexico and United States.

His short stories “In search of an honest country” and “Psychological facts of an ancient death” have been published in "Untamed Letters" literary magazine in Spanish. He was a finalist for The Asunción Playwright Project of Pregones Theater (N.Y.) with the play "Happy Birthday, Charlie" (2009). Currently works as the Theater Production Manager and professor at Teatro Prometeo at Miami Dade College


Vivian Ruiz

Vivian Ruiz

Voice 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.


Zaida Castellanos

Zaida Castellanos

First 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 Rebull

Cristina Rebull

Second & 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.

 


Cristina Rebull

Sonia de Martin Iriarte

Professor of Second and third year of the Conservatory and the Prometeens
Sonia de Martin Iriarte, is a graduate of the Royal School of Dramatics Arts of Madrid. She has a Master Degree in Acting from Rey Juan Carlos University. She was trained on the Schinca Method which she continue working on and teaching at the present. Currently Sonia is the professor of Movement class for the second year and Advance Acting for the graduate students and third year of the Professional Program of Teatro Prometeo at the Miami Dade College. She also teach the youngster program, the Prometeens at the Koubek Center. As a director she was part of the Kids Festival of the Miami Book Fair event with the play “Mundo de los sueños”. As an actress she participate in many plays and spectacles in her native Madrid like “Mi cuerpo es mío” ‘El primer perro del mundo” Alongside Txema de Martin Iriarte form Estigma Teatro, a company of physical theater and movement. Her lates works are “Lipidiando a Mary” “Descripción de un cuadro” “Revelación” among others.



Carlota PraderaCarlota Pradera, 1979, Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain)

Professor of Movement first year of the Conservatory

Carlota is an interdisciplinary freelance improviser, performer, choreographer, and educator. Carlota received a SandBox Series 2013-2014 artistic residency by The Miami Theater Center and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create Bare Bones in collaboration with interdisciplinary dance artist, choreographer, educator, and director Lazaro Godoy. In 2014, GodoyPradera Projects & Programs is established as an independent interdisciplinary arts platform for research, development and crafting of new works involving guest artists and educational outreach opportunities for exchange of practices and creative visions.

Carlota created and presented works: Untitled (Florida Dance Festival, 2005), Answers (Emerging Choreographer Series, 2006), Looking Back & Think Like a Guy (“Pradera & Collaborators”, 2011), To Do or Not To Do (Wynwood Art Fair, 2011), Aquarius Juice (Here & Now, 2012), Pim-Pum Pain (Miami Performance International Festival, 2013), Between Forms (Art Basel, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 2013).

She has been awarded numerous Artist Access Grants to attend Movement Research workshops, and an Artist Enhancement Grant to attend Trisha Brown’s intensive, NYC. As an educator, Carlota has developed inclusive residencies for children and adults through VSAFL since 2004, and worked in several Yep programs/Youth at Risk Centers (Carnival Arts/GodoyPradera Projects & Programs, Karen Peterson & Dancers), Arts for Learning, and at after-school dance programs as a coordinator and instructor as well as for local dance studios since 2001 onward. Pradera has guided workshops for professionals at Inkub8, Contemporary Sundays, and curated The Moving Perspective Festival, Inkub8, 2014. Together with Godoy, she is a guest choreographer at NOVA Southeastern University and in the past has been guest choreographer at South Miami High School and MDC Kendall Campus College.

In the Summer 2015, GodoyPradera Projects added & Programs after an intensive Summer Camp to develop “Alice in Wonderland & Fables” Art Project with children and youth, CCEMiami. Since 2013, she has been guiding actors and children at Prometeo Theater, Wolfson Campus. She holds a BA in performance and choreography, Florida International University, 2009.



Olga Martin

Olga Martin

Prometeitos 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.

Olga Martin

Simone Balmaseda

Professor of Teatro Prometeo kid’s program “Los Prometeítos”
Simone was born in Cuba. She is a graduate form the National School of the Arts of Cuba specialized in Directing Theater. Since 1989 she has been active no just in theater but in television and movies as well. Her work as an actress she interpreted characters as “Midnight Summer Dreams” and “Mother Courage” among other plays written by Brecht and Shakespeare. In 1994 leave Cuba to share her knowledge of theater with the rest of the world. She arrived to Miami where in 2011 and 12’ she won her first award as a director with the plays “Cocoriaco” and “El Zorro Camorro”. She specialized in teach theater for kids, where she teach them to do art craft and puppetry, write their own stories and acting. Currently she works in Teatro Prometeo as one of the professors for The Prometeitos, the kid’s program in Teatro Prometeo.