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NALAC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

NALAC NATIONAL CONFERENCE. SEIZING THE MOMENT NOW

Jesse Bermudez Mr. Bermudez was Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of the Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA), a non-profit multicultural organization that promoted the development and dissemination of Latin music, with an emphasis on educating and empowering youth and community. Since

1982, AMLA has become a presence via television and radio performances, concerts, festivals, school and museum workshops, band bookings and large client productions. Mr. Bermudez is a concert producer, of Latin music and bands, was an on air personality on WNWR 1540 am and a producer of festivals, as well as serving as Master of Ceremonies for hundreds of events. AMLA opened Philadelphia’s first Latin Music School, and has fostered dozens of cooperative projects. Mr. Bermudez believes in “using Latin

pleting his degree, Mr. Buch taught Spanish and Spanish Literature at Yale.

René Buch Born in Cuba, René Buch was founder and director of Pro Arte de Oriente’s Theater Department, as well as founder of Havana’s Acción Teatral de Autores. He holds a degree in Law from Havana University and an MFA from Yale’s Drama School. While com-

He directed “La dama duende” at the Greenwich Mews Theater in 1968. The success of this production gave birth to a new company—Repertorio Español. As artistic director of Repertorio Español, Mr. Buch has directed dozens of plays, from Spanish classics to contemporary Latin American plays, and plays written by Hispanic American authors in the United States.In addition to his work at Reperto-

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music to involve the community and address its social and economic concerns, and to bring various racial and ethnic communities together.” In 2006 he founded the Artistas y Músicos Latino Americanos expanding its reach to other artist and maintaining the acronym of AMLA and its rich history. Mr. Bermudez has received awards from the National Congress of Puerto Rican Rights, WPVI-TV Channel Six’s “Puerto Rican Panorama,” and the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation; more recently he was awarded the

rio Español, Mr. Buch has also staged many operas and directed regional theater productions of Shakespeare, Pirandello, Cocteau, Ionesco, Beckett, Calderón, and Lorca. He has served as a panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, The Village Voice OBIE Awards Committee and the Independent Committee on Arts Policy. Most recently, Mr. Buch received an ENCORE Award from the Arts and Business Council

Painted Bride first Artist of the City Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Concilio, and a Grammy nomination for his live recording of “Papo Vazquez and The Mighty Pirates.” Mr. Bermudez continues to work tirelessly as advisor to a new Charter School for Arts and Culture and to the work that still needs to be done at AMLA in music education and cultural awareness.

of New York for 40 years of sustained Excellence in Management, Theater Communications Group’s (TCG) Theater Practitioner Award, a Lifetime Achievement OBIE Award and the Order of Isabella the Catholic bestowed by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

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2012 NALAC Conference Program Booklet  

The 2012 NALAC National Conference: Seizing the Moment NOW! was hosted in Philadelphia on October 17-21, 2012. Learn more about the National...

2012 NALAC Conference Program Booklet  

The 2012 NALAC National Conference: Seizing the Moment NOW! was hosted in Philadelphia on October 17-21, 2012. Learn more about the National...

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