Modesto Lacen

Modesto L.

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I’m a film, television, theater and radio actor and producer with a history of 25 years of uninterrupted work in Puerto Rico, the United States, Spain and Colombia. I began working professionally as a teenager and continued on to the Drama Department of the University of Puerto Rico, graduating with honors. I studied classical theater, physical theater and dance, and I’m fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. I lived in New York City for 8 years, working with The Public Theater and Circle in the Square. Welcomed by the Latino theater circuit of the city, I received several recognitions by HOLA Awards, ACE and ATI. I also hold a certificate in Arts Administration from NYU’s School of Continuing Studies.

My commitment to the Puerto Rican film industry has led me to work in more than thirty films in the island. Some include: Animal, alongside Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard; Back in the Day, as acting coach for actor/rapper Ja Rule; Sol de Medianoche; El chata; Angélica; and Fistful of Dirt, the first Puerto Rican film invited to the Telluride Film Festival.

I’ve had the opportunity to play important roles of historical figures, such as composer Rafael Hernández and the legendary baseball player Roberto Clemente, a role I successfully reprised in the short film 3,000. Other theater credits include: Godspell, Hamlet, Medea and Infinito enquanto dure.

One of my most important roles was my interpretation of Pedro Knight (Celia Cruz’ husband) in the hit Off-Broadway play Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz; which ran for over a year and traveled to cities such as Miami and Tenerife in the Canary Islands. I reprised Pedro Knight, from his early years this time, in the TV series Celia, produced by Fox Telecolombia and Telemundo, released in 2015. Celia has enjoyed great international success, and can currently be streamed on Netflix.

Likewise, one of my most-awarded performances is in La esclava blanca, the top-rated telenovela for Caracol TV, Colombia (2016). La esclava blanca has been sold to 28 countries, including Poland, the United States, South Africa, Panama and Puerto Rico. Netflix has also acquired streaming rights.

My latest project is the biographical television series based on the life of reggaeton singer Nicky Jam, El Ganador, produced by Telemundo and Netflix.

My acting workshops has been sold out everytime and students have started to work steadily after classes.

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  • Background Checked
  • Speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • B. A. in Theater Arts from University of Puerto Rico

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Lesson Details

Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Acting lessons with me are unique because they come from the experience I've had as a successful working actor with 25 years of experience in film, tv, theater and radio in the United States and Latin America.

Not only I can teach you acting techniques but the nuts and bolts of show business. These lessons will deepen your skills in the craft of acting. We'll cover in our sessions Acting Basics, Voice, Various Acting Techniques, Differences in acting for theater vs film, How to improve your audition skills, Self Tapes, Preparation and research for your shoot, Work Ethics and intricacies of the film Industry. Students will approach this through the analysis of films, scene work, interactive debate and reading assignments.

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Experience

Teaching
Jan 2019 - Present

Artocarpus 76

This workshop, designed for adults and teenagers with acting experience, will deepen your skills to work in films. On sessions we will cover: Differences in acting for theater vs. film, How to improve your audition skills, Self Tapes, Preparation and research for your shoot, Work Ethics and Intricacies of the Film Industry. Participants will approach this through the analysis of films, scene work, interactive debate and lectures from guest artists.


Education

B. A. in Theater Arts
Aug 1995 - May 2000

University of Puerto Rico


Languages

French

Professional Proficiency

Portuguese

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certifications

Certificate in Arts Administration
May 2011

NYU School of Continuing Studies


Awards

Best Actor in a Musical
Mar 2012

HOLA, ATI and ACE Award


Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Aug 2007
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.
SAG-AFTRA
May 1999
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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