College Forum Volume 18, Issue 4 : Page 2

ALUMNI news HE LOVES MDC Actor Returns in Role of Ricky Ricardo Former Miami Dade College student Euríamis Losada has taken one of the most iconic characters in TV history from the small screen to the big stage, from nostalgic black-and-white to a vibrant modern full-color portrayal. Losada recently came to Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts to play Ricky Ricardo in the play I Love Lucy Live on Stage . The late Desi Arnaz played Ricardo on the TV show I Love Lucy , which aired from 1951 to 1957, winning an impressive five Emmy Awards. In 2012, an ABC News/ People Magazine survey hailed it as the “best TV show of all time.” That’s a huge role for Losada to step into, but a recent article in El Nuevo Herald praised him for perfectly cap-turing the singing voice of his fellow Cuban star, Arnaz. Losada now lives in Los Angeles, but he found it fitting that he could come back to per-form in Miami, where he got his collegiate start at MDC and where his family still lives. Losada, who was born in December of 1988, came to the United States at the age of 7 and studied at Southwest High before enrolling at Miami Dade College. “My specialty at MDC was theater,” Losada told El Nuevo Herald . “But I also sang in church since I was a boy. I’m a tenor, but I sing as a baritone (as Ricardo) Euríamis Losada with I Love because Arnaz was a baritone.” Lucy co-star Thea Brooks Teo Castellanos spoke at Miami Book Fair International in 2009. Acclaimed Alumni Castellanos and McCraney Collaborate on ‘Third Trinity’ MDC alumni are major players in stage productions all around the country. Recently, heavy hit-ters Teo Castellanos and Tarell Alvin McCraney brought home their creative genius in Third Trinity , which opened last month in Miami to great critical acclaim. Castellanos won a Knight Arts Challenge in 2013 for the creation of the crazier-than-fic-tion albeit autobiographical Unify Talents for the Stage piece. He delivers its narrative, composed of various voices, in his singular style that tran-scends role-playing. McCraney, named a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellow last year, provid-ed direction and dramaturgy for Third Trinity and is a member of Teo Castellanos D-Projects, Castellanos’ contemporary dance/theater company. – MR HOOKED ON JOURNALISM Interactive Editor Got Her Start Interacting in MDC Classroom Nancy San Martin ’s journalism career has taken her to some exotic locales and some scary places, too. “Afghanistan and Haiti were two places that got dicey,” said San Martin, who recently traveled to Greenland to do a story on climate change. Now having risen in the ranks at the Miami Herald , Interactive Editor San Martin said her journalism career would not have happened without MDC. MDC alumna Nancy San Martin is an interactive editor for the Miami Herald . Born in Los Angeles to a Mexican-American mother and a Cuban father and raised in Miami, San Martin said she felt lost in high school. But MDC – and journalism – helped her dis-cover a whole new world. “At MDC, I fell in love with the dynamic of the classroom and debating with professors,” she said. “It felt like I was learning for the first time. The teachers knew their students, and there was tremendous camaraderie on campus.” San Martin had no idea what she wanted for a career until an MDC English professor suggested she write for the school newspaper. “Working on the paper was energizing,” said San Martin, who graduated from MDC in 1986. “I knew right away that was what I wanted to do for my career. MDC helped get me an internship at the Miami Herald .” That internship led to a job at the Herald once San Martin finished a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. Her career then took her in 1992 to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel , where she carved out a path to foreign report-ing, and in 1998 to the Dallas Morning News , where she covered U.S./Mexico border issues from a bureau in El Paso, Texas. There, her work on the Elián González story prompted Herald editors to recruit her back to Miami in 2001 to /MDCollege cover Cuba, which led to a Harvard University Nieman Fellowship in 2006. More recently, San Martin has served as exec-utive producer for two films, including a docu-mentary on the major earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, which earned her a regional Emmy Award. – WV MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE f orum November 2014 • Volume 18 • Number 4 Published by Miami Dade College, Office of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send emails to Communications Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Juan C . Mendieta Marketing Communications Director . . . . . . . . .Irene Giménez Muñoz Editorial Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenda Krebs, Ph .D . Copy Editors/Contributors . . . . . . . . . . .Nnéka Nnolim, Monica Roos, Anne-Margaret Swary Graphic Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pasita Andino, Reynaldo Arroyo, Carmen Bosch, Grizelle Paz Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cristian Lazzari, Carlos Llano Production Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Smitherman For more information about MDC programs, call 305-237-8888 or visit @MDCollege @MDCollege

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