Read about the phenomenal roster of our 2017 Latinas who joined us at the inaugural event of Yo Soy LOLA. Our vision is to mobilize Latinas to create social change through the arts and be the role models we wish we'd had.
Amanda Figueroa is a junior pursuing an undergraduate degree in acting at Boston University. She began dancing at the age of three and she has had a passion for the arts ever since.
Amanda plans to study abroad during her spring semester in Madrid, Spain where she will be taking academic classes as well as completing a film/television internship. She is very excited to work with Yo Soy LOLA's all-Latina cast and crew as they tell stories of what it is like to be a Latina in America.
Bárbara Casseb is Tufts M.A./Ph.D student interested in the psycho-physical training of the actor’s body and performance practice as research. Originally from Brazil, Bárbara has created performances for the circus and theatre arts in over twenty productions. She spends her summers working for the National Hispanic Cultural Center's summer institute as the Assistant Director for the Circo Latino program. She is also a collaborating artist and performer in the annual devised performance of the Circo Radical program.
Previously, she worked with Tricklock Company during the 17th annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival as Assistant Artist Liaison and Social Media Coordinator. Barbara received her BA in Theatre from the University of New Mexico in the spring of 2016.
CHARI FERNÁNDEZ GODINO
Chari Fernández was born in Madrid, Spain. She moved to Boston six years ago to pursue her dream of working as a scientist. Her acting experience includes working with Escena Latina Teatro playing Elena in “Entre Mujeres," the mother in “Bodas de Sangre” of García Lorca, some stage readings like “The Poets Café," and “Cumbia de mi Corazon."
INÉS DE LA CRUZ
Inés de la Cruz is a Boston-based actor. Born in NYC to Dominican parents and raised in Boston, she has performed in various productions with TC Squared Theatre Company and is a member of the Boston Straeon Acting Studio as well as a board member and actor for the Spanish-language theatre troupe Escena Latina Teatro. She has been featured in various student films, ESL and Spanish language educational videos. You can catch Inés as Catalina De La Cruz in seasons one and two of the comedic web series “The Pineapple Diaries” on YouTube, and as Agustina in the short film “Si No Te Vas," an official selection of the 2017 Boston Latino International Film Festival.
3nity is an all-female band whose music style is influenced by a fusion of African, American, and Latin styles. Their mission is to redefine what it means to be feminine in the music industry and lift up other artists who have been victims of injustice and discrimination.
Trinity has members from countries all across Latin America who left their hometown in search of better opportunities in music and to be free from oppression. They are here to inspire other women to embrace their femininity and virtuosity, to shape the way women think about their roles in the industry, and to not be afraid of who they are on or off-stage.
Audrey Guerrero was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Boston in 2002. By the age of 4, she began training in jazz, hip-hop, and Latin dance, eventually discovering a passion for the Afro-rooted arts. Currently, Audrey continues her training in Afro-Latin dance at Masacote Dance School and Afro Brazilian martial arts at Sinha Capoeira School.
Audrey is proudest of her work at Hyde Square Task Force as the Dance Programs Coordinator. Through dance she is able to coach and mentor immigrant students of color who have a passion for the arts, teach Afro-Latin dance classes for kids in the JP/Roxbury community, and coordinate Learning Through Dance, a program that brings Afro-Latin Dance to Boston Public Schools.
SPOKEN WORD POET
Celeste Cruz is an 18-year-old Afro-Dominicana artist and spoken word poet. Cruz was born in Santiago de los Caballeros and migrated to the United States as a toddler. Her family settled in Lawrence, MA. Her work explores themes of identity, assimilation, being a product of diaspora, and her struggle growing up between two cultures. Her poetry has become a way of sharing herself and her people's story: it is liberation - an ode to her ancestors and her country.
Diana was born in Mexico City and moved to Boston in 2009 to attend Northeastern University. Diana is passionate about dance, music, and technology. She grew up learning Mexican folk dances and popular dance styles like salsa, cumbia, and merengue. Following her older brother's footsteps, she also learned to DJ at house parties and special events with a focus on Latin music. Outside of dance, she works as an IT specialist for a startup. Diana enjoys bringing people together through music and dance. She's grateful to be part of Yo Soy LOLA and you can be sure she'll keep you on the dance floor all night!
Lisbeth Perdomo is a singer, songwriter, voice instructor, recording artist, and actress. She teaches at the Real School of Music in Andover. She was recently chosen as one of Boston’s top ten finalists selected to advance to American Idol. She studied vocal performance at Berklee College of Music and attended the Performing & Fine Arts High School in Lawrence.
Lunara Isabel Devers was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. A graduate of the Boston Arts Academy, she received scholarships to attend Boston Conservatory’s summer programs and went on to graduate with distinction. She received scholarships to Long Island University where she studied classical ballet, modern dance, and completed two minors in theatre and psychology. Lunara is an actress known for her role as Araceli in the short film "De Nada" and Lorismay Alvarez in the web series "The Pineapple Diaries." She has taught at various Boston Public Schools and has performed in various prestigious venues and events such as the Joyce Soho, the National Puerto Rican Parade in NYC, and the "We Are Boston" Gala for the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement in Boston.
Miralys Santana was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States as a teenager with her mother. She is now a freshman studying education at Lesley University and has been performing Afro-Latin dance at Hyde Square Task Force, a non-profit youth development program in the Boston area. Miralys believes Afro-Latin dances are a way for her to learn more about her roots and ancestors to stay connected to her identity.
Pamela Munoz is a student actress at Boston University's School of Theatre. She is interested in narratives that deal with truth and human grief and is invested in lifting up the voices of Latinx artists. She considers herself an activist in her work and personal life. Though her parents are from the Dominican Republic, she was born and raised in The Bronx, which helped mold the artist she's become. Pamela loves to watch Netflix, specifically the shows Jane the Virgin and Shameless. She loves drinking matcha, eating Thai food, and being a homebody. She grew up watching telenovelas with her mother.
Katiria Pineda Colon is a dancer/freestyler, actor, TV personality, and director born and raised in Cambridge, MA. Her dance focus is hip-hop, salsa, and Afro-Latin. She was inspired to start dancing and acting at a young age. Katiria was awarded a scholarship to attend “Reach," which is a dance program at Boston University, and later majored in theatre arts history and dance at UMass Boston. She has helped launch a dance program at Dorchester’s McCormick middle school, the dance program at Brookline teen center, and a television show called “Expozedtv”, which focuses on exposing the general public to many different types of art disciplines. In 2017, Katiria graduated from Northeastern University with a Master of Science (MS) in leadership concentrating in project management.
Lourdes Yessenia Martinez is an actor, director, and aspiring graphic designer. For the past two years, Lourdes has worked as development and outreach coordinator for Apollinaire Theatre Company in Chelsea, MA. She has been an integral collaborator in the production of free, bilingual, public theater for the Chelsea community. She hopes to continue encouraging and supporting the creation of new works by underrepresented artists. She's a fervent believer in theater as a vehicle for social change.
Marcela Jaramillo is an aspiring actress from the Boston area who has participated in a few major films, including her most recent work in Joy directed by David O. Russell, Her theatrical experience includes portraying such varied roles as Marsha in the Playwright Joy Ride by Melissa Nussbaum, Mrs. Darling in Peter and Wendy at East Boston Playhouse, Tituba in the Crucible at the Winthrop Playmakers, mother Roberts in The Wedding on the Eiffel Tower, and Duenna in Cyrano the Bergerac with The Appollinaire Theatre. She is looking forward to continue expanding her acting career in films and theater and loves acting, dancing, and singing.
Ninotska Love is a new student at Wellesley College. She transferred to Wellesley from LaGuardia Community College as a Kaplan Leadership Scholar. At LaGuardia, she served as a President's Society Ambassador and on the Honors Student Advisory Committee. Ninotska emigrated from Ecuador to the United States to escape persecution for her gender identity. As one of the first out trans women accepted to Wellesley, she hopes to contribute as a spokesperson for the Latinx, immigrant, and LGBTQI communities.
Sol Tangvik is a 26-year-old Jamaica Plain native. Her passion for dance started at an early age with classical training in ballet, jazz and contemporary. When she was in middle school, she dug into her Latin roots and joined "La Piñata," a performing Latin American folkloric dance group. In high school, she pursued salsa movements through a youth performance group "Ritmo En Acción." Now, she continues to expand her Latin dance education by dancing with "Oshun," an all-ladies Latin dance performance group.
Sandra Marcelino, or “Sasi," is a multifaceted performer and historian who maintains a lifelong passion for the cultural investigation and preservation of Afro-Caribbean traditions and folklore through dance and music. With over 20 years of performance experience in ballet, jazz, modern, African, salsa, hip-hop, bomba and plena, she currently teaches within the Boston Public School and Cambridge School systems, educating local youth in Afro-Caribbean lore and history through dance, music, and theater games to promote cultural healing and individual expression. Sandra is a founding member of Boston-based Bomba Sankofa and a former member of MetaMovements Artist Collective, a Latin dance company that promotes health and builds community. Sandra is driven by her passion for social change, cultural awareness, and the arts.
Veronica is a songstress, educator, media producer, businesswoman, community activist, and cultural ambassador. She studied communications science in her native Mexico and is currently vice-president of LTV Productions Corp., and founder and executive director of Veronica Robles Cultural Center. Veronica serves on the cultural leadership board for the Boston Creates Cultural Initiative and on the branding committee of Lawrence Arts and Culture Initiative lead by Mayor Dan Rivera. She is also co-chair of the East Boston Cultural Team and a member on the board of directors of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce. Her goal is to use the power of culture and media to educate and entertain. In August of 2017, she was honored with a mural in East Boston by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement.