Teatro Avante :: The Director

Mario Ernesto Sanchez
About the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Teatro Avante and the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami

Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Teatro Avante and the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, he received the "Distinguished Career" award from the Florida Theatre Conference for his contribution to the development of theatre in South Florida. An accomplished actor, director, producer, and playwright, Mario Ernesto has worked in leading roles in several theatre productions and regularly works in film and television. His productions have represented the United States at international theatre festivals in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Spain, Venezuela, Peru and in the United States (New York, Texas, New Mexico, North Carolina and Los Angeles). He has also represented this country as a special guest at festivals and cultural events in several countries in Latin America and Europe. He has served as a panelist on numerous arts boards at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. Mario Ernesto has worked in more than 40 films with stars such as García, Stallone, Stone, Finney, Cardinale, Nicholson, Carey, Walken, Johnson, Crowe, Ryan, Foxx, and Farrell, among others. He also worked in Die Fledermaus, his first collaboration with the Florida Grand Opera. In 1994, he received the Ollantay award, presented by CELCIT-Spain (Latin American Center for Creation and Research in Theatre), for his achievements in the Hispanic Theatre movement on two continents. In 1995, Mario Ernesto received the prestigious Federico García Lorca award in Fuente Vaqueros, Spain, for his enormous contribution to the development of Hispanic Theatre in America, and the Kusillo award, in La Paz, Bolivia for the same reason. In 2007, he received the "Special Recognition Award" from the Arts & Business Council of Miami, to honor his contributions as the Producing Artistic Director of the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, which he has been directing since its beginning in 1986. In October 2009, he received the FIT de Cadiz-Atahualpa del Cioppo award in Cadiz, Spain, and in April 2012, the UCSUR award in Lima, Peru. Mario Ernesto was appointed as Teatro Avante's representative to the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Center Trust (PACT).