Mateo Franco started his acting career in Galicia (Northwest of Spain) working with Manuel Lourenzo and Santiago Fernández. As a kid he acted in Mar do Rostro, a film directed by Jorge Rivera. He attended the degree of DRAMA and Acting at Superior School of Dramatic Art of Galicia. He also directed several pieces including one for the Bertolt Brecht Charity Tour Against Evictions. He travelled to South Korea to develop a clown for international circus company La Fiesta Escénica´s Galtuk at Gwang Gyang World Art Circus Festival. In 2013 he won a grant to study in the US. He has been working with John Strasberg at his New York Studio since September 2013. In NY he have also worked in Theodora Skipitare´s production The Chairs as actor-assistant of The Living Theatre´s founder Judith Malina at CUNY and The Whitney Museum of American Art.
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Sara earned a PhD in immunology from UMass and went on to do a post-doc at UCSF. Two years later, she moved to NYC where she earned an MFA from The New School for Drama. She has worked with directors such as Jose Rivera, Pippin Parker and Josh Fox (Gasland), as a member of the International Wow Company. A founding member of Lazy Baobab, a film company that empowers women, she wrote and produced the company’s first short film A WEDDING DAY and directed the web series PELICANS. Sara helps run and documents the LIGO PROJECT ART OF SCIENCE.
Francisco is a graduate of Madrid’s Royal Academy of Drama (RESAD). In 2004, he moved to New York to study Film, and has lived and worked in the city since then. His US theater credits, as an actor and producer, include Spanish classic and contemporary plays such as Life is a Dream, El Quijote, Zanahorias and ¡Ay, Carmela! In 2009 he played the Commandant in the US and NYC premieres of New York Times’ Critics Pick Way To Heaven (Himmelweg), by Juan Mayorga. He has received the HOLA Award for Best Actor in 2010 and 2011. Credits in Madrid include Roberto Zucco, singer of Madrid’s 2012 Olympic Hymn, and most recently La Abducción de Luis Guzmán, by Pablo Remón. His most recent film project is Circus, also written and directed by Remón.
Claudio Bandini has been in the limelight for years and has a long experience behind him. In Europe, he worked with people of such standing as Angel Gutiérrez, Agustín Bellusci and Antonio Domínguez.
He arrived in New York two years ago and his feet have barely touched the ground since then. We have been able to see him in ¨Il Mattatore¨ a one-man show, written and performed by him about the actor Vittorio Gassman, directed by the prestigious coach Susan Batson. Meanwhile, he has collaborated with AENY on various occasions in dramatized readings of plays such as ¨Mi alma en otra parte¨ and ¨Litus¨
Begoña Plaza is backed up by an impressive CV as an actress in the United States. She studied acting in Los Angeles at the LACC Theatre Academy, as well as independently, with Eric Morris, and then she moved to New York, where she continued her training with Herbertb Berghof, Geraldine Page, and Michael Howard.
Begoña has worked in film with directors of the stature of Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Tim Huber and Clint Eastwood among others.
Amara C. Perez
Amara Perez is a dancer from A Coruña, Spain. She is 28 years old, and moved to New York City two years and a half ago. Although she started her dancing career in classic ballet, she has now moved to a more contemporary style. She works with two dancing companies in New York: Spark Movement Collective and The Next Stage Project, and continues her training with classes every day.
Leticia Salama is a painter artist from Madrid, Spain. She is 27 years old, and moved to New York City for the first time 3 years ago. She classifies her art into two groups: on one hand, a more realistic one based in landscapes, and on the other hand, pop art and modern art. Now, she is working hard in New York to find her spot in the artistic world while starting a new professional career as a cook with her catering firm, Leti’s Catering.