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Alina Cenal
Alina Latina Storyteller

Who Am I?

Alina Cenal is a Cuban American performer, director, teacher and writer whose career extends over 35 years in television, theater, and film. Alina has created a one woman show “Words From a Cuban Father”: mambo, carnival, revolution, Fidel and my father, Miami, hotdogs,drag-queens, the circus, discos, Hollywood, fun music and dance highlight Cenal’s bilingual experience of being yanked from her native Cuba as a child and yearning to return. The strong presence of her proud father guides her through the American cultural landscape.

Alina Cenal, has been dancing through life with energy and passion that she also brings to her storytelling, teaching, and performances. Immersed in the music and dance of her native Cuba, Alina was raised in Miami and later attended the University of South Florida as a dance major. She has extensive professional experience of over 30 years in film, television, and theater.

Some TV credits include: The Shield, Judging Amy, Diagnosis Murder, Matlock, Webster, and Days of our Lives. Some theater credits: A Chorus Line, A Touch of a Poet, Cabaret, In Search of Me. Her credits also include performing and teaching for the Music Center Education Division of Los Angeles and the nationally touring children’s theater troupe, We Tell Stories.

Teaching children life skills through the magic of theater has been the center of Alina’s work. She founded Kids Acting Out-west, 18 years ago, bringing theater to after-school curriculum and summer camps. Together with her company, the Ventura County’s Artist-in-the-classroom program, and Alina Latina, her bilingual storytelling shows, she works with hundreds of children weekly.

Alina and her fun professional instructors have created an exciting theater program, immersing the children in their own creative process. Her energy and love for the children sets the tone for the entire experience.

Alina has performed WCF at the following venues:

  • Lunacy Festival, Oregon Center of the Arts
  • The Marsh, San Francisco
  • Sola/Solos Festival, Macha Theater, Hollywood
  • Solo una Voz; Havanafama, Miami
  • Solo festival, Whitefire Theater, North Hollywood
  • Hollywood Fringe Festival
  • Theatre of Note, Los Angeles
Alina Latina Storyteller

Alina’s Resume

Height: 5’6”
Weight: 135 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown

(805) 341-3837
alina@alinacenal.com

“WORDS OF A CUBAN FATHER”
Alina Cenal is a Cuban American performer, director, teacher and writer
whose career extends over 35 years in television, theater, and film. Alina
has created a one woman show “Words From a Cuban Father”:
mambo, carnival, revolution, Fidel and my father, Miami, hotdogs,
drag-queens, the circus, discos, Hollywood, fun music and dance
highlight Cenal’s bilingual experience of being yanked from
her native Cuba as a child and yearning to return. The strong
presence of her proud father guides her through the American
cultural landscape.

http://alinacenal.com/alina-cenals-performances/
LA Weekly by Steven Leigh Morris:
“Alina Cenal’s Words From a Cuban Father (at Theatre of NOTE)
uses dance strategically in her autobiographical meditation on the
death of her dad — who was a law school roommate of Fidel Castro
in Havana. Her dad eventually fled to Miami in 1961, and the
family soon followed. The show, directed by James Donlon, contains
a vivacious string of anecdotes and impersonations of family and
friends, a sexy dance through life. The whimsical clash between
Cuban hip-swaying and the aesthetic formalities in a Florida ballet
class is lovely. The family’s political softening and the harrowing
scenes of caring for a dying patriarch are quite moving.”

FEATURE FILMS

THEY ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT
Director : Lindy Laub

NIGHT EYES III
Director : Andrew Stevens

FAR OUT MAN
Director : Tommy Chong

TELEVISION

THE SHIELD (Co-Star)
Director : D. J. Caruso

JUDGING AMY (Guest)
Director : Star Peter Levine

DIAGNOSIS MURDER (Co-Star)
Director : Max Tash

ANGELES (Co-Star)
Director : Roberto Kubilos

DAYS OF OUR LIVES (Recurring)
Director : Sogard/Robbins

LIES BEFORE KISSES (Co-Star)
Director : Lou Antonio

QUANTUM LEAP (Co-Star)
Director : Joe Sendana

MATLOCK (Co-Star)
Director : John Moxey

GENERATIONS (Recurring)
Director : John Sedwick

WEBSTER (Guest Star)
Director : Art Dielhenn

SUPERIOR COURT (Guest Star)
Director : Joseph Behar

BEEKMAN’S PLACE (Co-Star)
Director : Bernie Kowalski

THEATER

WORDS OF A CUBAN FATHER
Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival
Oxnard College
SOU Department of Theatre Arts
The Marsh
Hollywood Fringe Festival
Solo Festival Whitefire Theater
Solo una Voz, Havana Fama
Sola/Solos Festival, Macha Theater

LUNACY THEATRE FESTIVAL
Oregon Center for the Arts

IN SEARCH OF ME
NoHo Actor’s Studio

CADERAS (Sofia)
Los Angeles Theater Center

HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (Tilly)
Hudson Backstage

A TOUCH OF THE POET (Deborah)
East LA Classical Company

PACIFIC OCEAN (Rosita)
South Coast Repertory

POPPA DIO (Mafia)
Nosotros Theater

LADIES (Prince)
NCJW

ACCELERANDO (Mami)
Odyssey Ensemble

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN (Carlota)
Bilingual Foundation

FREEDOM SONG (Sorre)
Mark Taper – ITP

GLEANING (Barbara)
South Coast Repertory

THIN AIR (Modesta)
San Diego Repertory

LATINS ANONYMOUS (Characters)
Touring Company

LIMITED CAPACITY (Cecilia)
Bilingual Foundation

A CHORUS LINE (Sheila)
Europe Company

NORMAN, IS THAT YOU? (Mary)
Backlot Cabaret

ORINOCO (Fifi)
Bilingual Foundation

DEATH OF ROSENDO (Candita)
Bilingual Foundation

SIMON SAYS (Sheila)
Pan Andreas

PAUL RYAN’S IMPROV (Characters)
Pan Andreas

RINGLING BROTHERS CIRCUS (Aerial)
Ballet Circus World

Here’s The Good Stuff. Some of My Best Work Is Featured Below.

As a performance artists, teacher and writer I am able to explore many creative avenues that I love sharing with my audience and students. Hope you enjoy the portfolio!

Ready to contact Alina?

You can reach Alina by phone or email. Her phone number is (805) 341-3837. Or reach her by email at alina@alinacenal.com

Interested in her kids acting classes?

Alina offers a variety of programs for kids acting classes. Take a look at her upcoming classes and events on this page. CLICK HERE!

Interested in Alina’s upcoming shows?

Alina is currently presenting a wonderful solo performance about her families experience leaving Cuba for America. Take a look at her upcoming performances on this page. CLICK HERE!