My name is Jose Manuel Hernandez and I am 14 years old. After coming to Minnesota from Guatemala, now I am perusing my dreams as an actor. Before I thought acting was just another dream of mine. Since I was in elementary school I pictured becoming an actor. That’s where it all started. A teacher of mine gave me a book about acting, and I just fell in love with the business. After that day I began to take part in school plays, talent shows and my school news. Then my passion for acting kept growing and growing, until I decided to take classes and start my career. Now here I am trying to reach my dreams and slowly making them reality.
Keeping auditions and school balance is very hard! But it’s always a good challenge and it’s all worth it by the end. Right now I am starting to build up my resume by perusing theater, film and commercials. Recently I played a teenager in a commercial for a public service announcement. I am currently represented by Agency Models and Talent and Vision Management.
For the past 6 months I have been studying with Sandra K. Horner at The Performance Studio, and learning acting based in Method, Meisner and Lewis techniques, and learning how to become a director’s dream actor. Now I have something else to add on my resume. My classmates and I are ready to show what we learned in our 6 months of hard work.
We have the privilege to put on the 59th production of Wide Variety Theatre (WVT). The show is produced and directed by Sandra K. Horner. Wide Variety Theatre is a very important part of The Performance Studio. It gives each student a chance to perform in front of an audience and industry professionals. Sandra K. Horner is a great coach, her endless list of acting credits include, many NYC stage performances, a fun film role in “Jingle All the Way” and much more. From past showcases great actors have gotten represented by Twin Cities agents and Los Angeles agents too.
In Wide Variety Theatre each student gets to do a one act play, I am doing SUSPENDED by Mary Krell-Oishi, others include WOMEN OF MANHATTAN by John Patrick Shanley and much more. Our WVT will be on June 5 and 6 at 7:00 PM both nights. It will be held at Hennepin Center for The Art’s Illusion Theater. The tickets are $10.00 at the door.
As the dates get closer, we keep rehearing so we can make this show the best possible one. Which I am so excited about, I can’t wait to show what I have learned. Not in a million years did I think I would be a part of WVT, which is a comedy. So if you want to laugh, come see our show. You’ll have an awesome time watching me live my dream on stage.
Wide Variety Theatre: INFO
WHEN: Saturday, June 5, 2010 and Sunday, June 6, 2010.
SHOW TIME: 7:00 PM
WHERE: Illusion Theater
Hennepin Center for the Arts
528 Hennepin Ave., 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55403
STARRING: Theresa Ashmead, Emma Claire, Jose Manuel Hernandez, Nora Rickey, Mari Salim, Diana Schrul, Pam Xiong
TICKETS: $10.00 at the door. Alumni: $5.00
Industry Comped – Please RSVP
INFO: Contact Sandra K. Horner @ 818-997-6740