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ALUMNI news CasT InTo The lIMelIghT Alumni’s Paths to On-Screen Success Began at MDC Raymond Forchion own, too. From television to Broadway to the sil-ver screen, the College has graduated dozens of talented students who have gone on to pursue successful careers in the entertainment industry. The one thing they all say they have in common is that MDC gave them the tools and inspiration they needed to achieve their dreams. h A Magic Time Raymond Forchion’s résumé reads like a Hollywood who’s who. Having shared screen time with the likes of Johnny Depp and worked under directors such as Ron Howard, this MDC alumnus knows his way around a camera. “My theater and TV and radio production de-grees helped me focus on all the different factors of my professional life,” said Forchion, a respect-ed actor, writer, producer, director and talent coach who graduated from the College’s North Campus in 1977. A recipient of the acclaimed Team Player Award from The Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center, he has also served on the Screen Actors Guild National Board. “I have utilized all the skills I learned at MDC from my fine professors and the very caring staff to fulfill my lifelong pursuits in the arts and en-tertainment industry,” said Forchion, currently putting those skills to practice in several proj-ects including Due Penance, a crime drama he will produce and direct. He also conducts acting seminars and workshops around the country. “My MDC days were fantastic,” he said. “It was a magic time.” Career Kick Start Alex Hadad finished his very first “fairy-tale telenovela” at age 13 on a plastic typewriter. “Writing telenovelas had always been my dream,” said the Emmy-winning talent and writer behind 2010’s Eva Luna, the highest-rated do-mestically produced telenovela in U.S. television history. “But it wasn’t until I was a student at MDC’s Kendall Campus that, through the sup-port and encouragement of one of my toughest English literature professors, I realized I had a fu-ture in this industry.” An MDC Class of ’82 alum, Hadad began his career with Univision’s WLTV-Miami. Developing many popular Univision shows, he made his way 2 COLLEGEforum ome to the famed Miami International Film Festival, Miami Dade College is known for producing many stars of its Hannia Guillén Alex Hadad “I have utilized all the skills I learned at MDC from my fine professors and the very caring staff to fulfill my lifelong pursuits in the arts and entertainment industry.” up the ranks and, by 2005, was executive pro-ducer for Univision in New York City. Two years later he created and wrote Mi adorada Malena, the first-ever online telenovela, and was project manager in Como ama una mujer, a mini-series produced by Jennifer López. He’s also served as head writer for the Latin Grammy Awards. “MDC kick-started it all with the education I needed to pursue my career goals while staying connected with my community,” he said. Hadad is currently writing Rosario, an original telenovela he created for Univision Studios, and he’s grateful for the Emmy Award he received for his distinguished work in television. Finding Her Calling With her talent and looks, Hannia Guillén was quick to attract Hollywood’s attention. But MDC Film & TV Talent Plenty of entertainment industry notables got their start at MDC. They include: • Jencarlos Canela, actor • Teo Castellanos, actor, director and writer • Nilo Cruz, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright • Lili Estefan, TV hostess • Katie Finneran, Tony Award-winning actress • Andy García, actor, producer and director • Kathie Lee Gifford, actress and TV host • Yara Martínez, actress • Terry Miller, producer • Chris Myers, Emmy Award-winning sports anchor • Vivi Pineda, actress • Randy Ser, Emmy Award-winning production designer • Sarah Spiegel, actress • Sylvester Stallone, actor, producer and writer • Eva Tamargo, actress • Oscar Torre, actor, producer and director • Bob Vila, TV host, producer and director MIAMI DADE COLLEGEforum COLLEGE February 2013 • Volume 17 • Number 1 Published by Miami Dade College, Office of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send e-mails to Communications Director Marketing Communications Director Editorial Director Copy Editors/Contributors Graphic Designers Contributors Photographers Production Coordinator Juan C Mendieta Irene Giménez Muñoz Dr Brenda Krebs Monica Roos, Anne-Margaret Swary Pasita Andino, Reynaldo Arroyo, Catalina Figueras, Grizelle Paz-Harrison, Shari Robbins Jessica Giraldo, Hector Pino, Stephanie Rodríguez, Walter Villa Tony Chirinos, Cristian Lazzari, Carlos Llano, Joe Ricco, Stephanie Rodríguez Susan Smitherman For more information about MDC programs, call 305-237-8888 or visit – Raymond Forchion, MDC alumnus in spite of plenty of acting work in film and TV, including shows such as Burn Notice, the soap Passions and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, she always heeded the call of the stage, a love she found at Miami Dade College. “MDC was crucial in helping me find my call-ing,” said Guillén, a Class of 2004 alumna. “I was instantly attracted to the quality of the program, its curriculum and productions, rivaling those at many other universities while remaining afford-able and accommodating for those working full time – like myself.” Through her connections at the College’s ac-claimed Prometeo Theatre, Guillén eventually met another MDC alumnus, Pulitzer-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, who first directed her in Antón Arrufat’s La repetición, then in his own The Color of Desire, and most recently in an-other of his plays, A Bicycle Country. Guillén currently stars in New York City’s Repertorio Español production of Jorge Amado’s Doña Flor y sus dos maridos. – HP

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