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.