HOLA ACTOR SPOT LIGHT | Alberto Bonilla

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Alberto Bonilla is originally from Mesa, Arizona, but was born in Mexico City, and his family is from Honduras.  His parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1973 to have a better life and more opportunities.  Although being raised in the U.S. his whole life, Alberto became an official U.S. citizen in 1999, while attending Rutgers University. He received a BA in Theatre at Arizona State University. He also studied at The British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford, England. He continued his studies at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts receiving an MFA in Acting under Maggie Flanagan and William Esper.

Alberto’s first foray into New York City theater was a part of the creative team at 78th Street Theatre Lab that developed a play called Boy Steals Train that won a Fringe First and Best Ensemble award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. After Scotland, he was inspired to write and direct Walking To America which was also developed and produced at the 78th Street Theatre Lab. This play was based on a true story of a boy who walked from Honduras to the U.S.

Walking To America was so well received, that it was published in NY Theatre’s Plays and Playwrights 2005, an anthology of off-Broadway plays. Other written works include: Nonnie, Big Black Mexican Woman, #69, El Conejo, and PS 357. He is currently developing two new plays– Dome and Hunting For Ewoks. With the Resonance Ensemble, he also wrote and developed a play based on the Medea story called Maria.

 

As a director, he has directed the shows Look Back in Anger, Three Points Over the Vig, Leaving Lilly, Servant of Two Masters, Raft of the Medusa, Día de los Muertos and Richard III. He is also a fight director, teacher and the Director of Film and Television at Maggie Flanigan Studios. For his work on Richard III, he was nominated for a Best Director Award from Queens Kudos Awards.

As an actor, his film credits include Sleepwalk with Me, Cop Out, My Best Friend’s Girl, Straight No Chaser, and Pride and Glory, among others. His television credits include “Blue Bloods”, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, “Person of Interest”, among others. His other theater credits as an actor include The Diorama, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Caesar & Cleopatra, The Cherry Orchard, La Tempestad, among others. For more information, visit www.albertobonilla.com.