The Actors Context

Panel: The Actor’s Context

School of Visual Arts Amphitheater, Monday, April 16 @ 6:30
209 East 23rd Street, 3rd Floor

This event is free and open to the Public

A conversation with Mirtha Ibarra, Jorge Perugorria & Sebastian Ospina on the art of acting- from working with inexperienced actors to embodying characters and connecting with scripts.


Sebastian Ospina is a stage actor with a close relationship with cinema. He studied Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute New York in the 70s. His film credits include actor/screenwriter Cuartico azul (1978) , Best Latin American Short Cartagena; as actor Carne de tu carne (1983), Tiempo de morir (1985). In 1994 he won the National Film Award for screenplay Adiós, María Félix filmed later as Soplo de vida (1999). Ospina collaborates with filmmaker Catalina Santamaría on stage monologues that include live music and video and also in the production of film performance workshops.

Mirtha Ibarra is a Cuban screenwriter, playwright and actress in theater, film and television. Some notable films incude Strawberry and Chocolate (1993), Hasta cierto punto (1983) and Horn of Plenty (2008).From 2000 to 2001 she toured Spain with her play Obsesión habanera , which she wrote and starred in. In 2008 she made the documentary, Titón: from La Habana to Guantanamera , a biography of her deceased husband, the filmmaker Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (1928-1996).

Jorge Perugorria is a Cuban actor, director and painter. He is well known for his part as Diego in Strawberry and Chocolate  which was co-directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío. He recently acted in Steven Soderbergh’s Che, with Benicio del Toro and in the original Netflix series Four Seasons in Habana.