Bio

He is originally from Puerto Rico. From an early age, he has been working in professional theatre and television as a performer, puppeteer, writer, composer, director and producer in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the United States. He is the founder and CEO/Executive Director of the award winning Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. (SEA), one of the leading bilingual Arts-in-Education organization and the premiere Latino Theatre Company for young audiences in the United States.

He holds a B.A. in Humanities and Drama from the University of Puerto Rico, a M.A. in Educational and Musical Theatre from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Theatre from New York University. Dr. Morán has also studied at Temple University in Philadelphia, Holborn Center/NYU in London, and The Menéndez Pelayo University in Santander, Spain.

He has received many prestigious awards and citations for his artistic & community work, among them: multiple ACE Awards, HOLA Awards and ATI Awards for Best Actor, Best Director & Best Musicals; Grand Marshall of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade; Comité Noviembre Award; Cultural Awards, by the NY City Council & Queens Borough President; the “EL Award” by El Diario-La Prensa; was chosen as one of the Nation’s top 15 young adults Latino Leaders: Programa para Líderes Hispanos. Dr. Morán is an Alumni/Member of AmeriCorps, where he completed two years of National Service. Recently he was selected as one of “40 under 40 Young Master Puppeteers World-wide” by Puppetry International Magazine.

Actor Credits: Off Broadway: DC-7 The Roberto Clemente Story (HOLA, ACE & ATI Awards);); Don Quixote and his World; Romance (HOLA & ACE Awards); Just Another Star in NYC. Stage & Tours: West Side Story; Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac; Shvarts’ Drakon; A 3 Voces (HOLA & ACE Awards); Verdi’s Nabucco; Lorca’s The Billy Club Puppets (HOLA & ACE Awards); The Toothache of King Farfán (UNIMA-USA, HOLA, ACE Awards); and his one man show, Viva Pinocho! (Best Actor, HOLA & ACE Awards). He has an extensive list of credits in Children’s Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences. TV/Film: Aventurera; La Charca; ContactArte (Host); Deception; Planeta SEA (Host); Acceso Total.

Perhaps most notably, Dr. Morán is responsible for re-establishing professional children’s theatre in Spanish in New York City, a tradition that was abandoned for more than 18 years. For the past several years, SEA has presented hundreds of educational performances, reaching thousands of children and young adults throughout New York City. In just a few years, Dr. Morán has built a professional repertory of 18 shows for children and adults, which tour throughout the US, Latin America and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Morán has served on many local and national Boards of many non-profit institutions as well as cultural and educational organizations. Currently he is the Vice President of UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette) “the oldest international theatre organization in the world.” He is also President of UNIMA’s North American Commission and Vice President of UNIMA-USA. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hornet Dorset Colony and sits in the Advisory Board of HOLA (Hispanic Association of Latin Actors). He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center in New York City.

In August, 1999 he opened in NYC: Teatro SEA @ Los Kabayitos Puppet and Children’s Theatre. In celebration of its 25th Anniversary (2111), he opened a brand new state-of-the-art performance space at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Teatro SEA, now in its 15th successful season, is the only and first Professional Latino Children’s Theatre in the US. www.ManuelMoran.com

Statement

I am honored to be a part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation. As a long-time advocate of the arts, I have worked hard and committed myself to enhancing children’s lives through art. So I feel a strong affinity for John “Gungie” Rivera’s commitment to children’s health. More than enhancing lives, he is working to save them. No one wants to see children or their families suffer. I have deep respect for the work of the Cristian Rivera Foundation to try and cure such an awful, deadly disease. I am very happy to team up and to do whatever it takes to support the Foundation and its mission