Amneris Morales (President)

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, studied psychology, acting, production and film direction, graduating Magna Cum Laude, at the University of Puerto Rico. Her extensive career includes many performances in plays, TV shows, soap operas and films in Puerto Rico and Argentina, among other Latin American countries. In the United States she’s appeared in television productions and on New York stages, receiving several awards; “Best Comedy Actress” in a short film – “Official Latino Film Festival;” several ACE Awards, including the “Institutional Award for Excellence ACE AWARDS 2019” and the “LATA Excellence 2019 Latin Alternative Theatrical Award”.

She is currently a member of the board of the Institute of Puerto Rico in N.Y., the oldest Puerto Rican institution in the United States, and most recently she created the program for senior citizens from Acacia Network, “Reactivation of memory through acting art.”

Some of her works in community services in Puerto Rico are the following: For the Collage Board Advanced Placement Programs, and Aspira, Inc., she developed and implemented teaching modules using the arts as a vehicle for discovery of how one can contribute to the protection of the environment in different professions or occupations in their college studies. In 1999 for the municipality of Mayagüez, she developed and implemented didactic modules for the creation of theatrical projects aimed at the protection of the environment that included creation of theater projects, environmental recycling groups and organic gardens in a variety of schools within the municipality of Mayagüez.

As a producer together with the actor Miguelángel Suarez, she founded “Círculo Mágico,” a nonprofit theater company producing several plays in the most prestigious theaters of the island (Tapia Theater, Fine Arts Center, La Perla Theater, Yaguez Theater and other venues around Puerto Rico). Some of those productions were presented in community centers and housing projects (Residenciales Publicos) as educational activity against the abuse of women and the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.

Morales also produced, with Circulo Magico, some television projects, such as television films and documentaries that were broadcast by the most important television networks in Puerto Rico (Telemundo, WAPA TV, Univisión and WIPR – the government channel), such as the documentary, “Fiestas de los Santos Inocentes y Las Máscaras de Hatillo,” and “Los Reyes Mago de Juana Diaz,” presented by WIPR Channel 6 (2004); TV movie “El cuento inolvidable de la abuela,” presented by Univision channel 11 and WIPR Channel 6 (2002); TV movie “Padre Astro,” presented by WAPA TV Channel 4 (2001); TV movie “Cundeamor,” presented by Univisión Canal 11 (2000).

In addition, Morales has developed and produced various fund-raisers, such as “Ponte el tatuaje,” a national fundraising campaign for the opening of a multidisciplinary center for cancer patients; the radio marathon “Un Pedacito de tu Hogar” for the Fundación Cabecitas Rapadas; the “fund raiser, “Por Emeli Vando,” dedicated to the plastic artist Emeli Vando, a patient with muscular dystrophy, and his daughter who suffers from congenital rubella; and “Con Miguelángel,” an event held at the Santurce Fine Arts Festival Hall to help with the medical expenses of Puerto Rico’s first national actor, Miguelángel Suárez, during his cancer illness.

Most recently, she produced the fund-raising events “De aquí y de allá,” a theater festival to help the victims in Puerto Rico after the passage of hurricane Maria, presented at the Julia de Burgos Theater in New York City, and the series of events named “La Patria Resiste” at El Barrio’s ArtSpace PS109 to help the artists in Puerto Rico who were in financial need after hurricane Maria.