Rafael Beato was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York City in 2013. He won the New York Latin ACE Award in the category of Best Performance by a Leading Male in a Musical for his role in La canción (written by Cándido Tirado and Vico C. and currently running at New York’s Repertorio Español). Other theatre credits include Godspell, Disney’s Camp Rock, Simon The invisible Boy, and Ybor City. Film credits include Viral, Burguesinha, and Reason. Television credits include “The Hunt with John Walsh, “On The Case with Paula Zahn”, and “Young Deadly Love” (the last produced by MTV). He will next play Sonny in the Lin-Manuel Miranda-Quiara Alegría Hudes musical In The Heights (directed and choreographed by ITH original cast member Luis Salgado) at GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C.