Monday, March 17, 2014

Opening Reception for Art Exhibit

The best artists in the most art friendly City in New Jersey.  Join us at the Union City Museum of Art @ The William V. Musto Cultural Center.

Premios ATI

The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc., the premiere presenter of bilingual and Spanish language theatre in the State of New Jersey has been nominated in various categories by Premios ATI of NYC.

Nominations - Premios ATI 2014 (ATI Awards)

Best Actor: Lucio Fernandez. "Till Death" (The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.)

Best Director: Peter Dubó - "Till Death" (The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.)

Best Production: "Till Death" (The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.) 

Best New Actress (star): Maribella La Bella  - "La Remolienda" (The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.) 

Best Supporting Actress: Elena Mohedano - "La Remolienda" (The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.) 

Best Leading Actress: Ana Montero - "La Remolienda" (The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.) 

Best Supporting Actor: Edward Azcorra - "La Remolienda" (The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.)  

Fernando Contreras - "Busco amigo" (The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.) 

Stalin Cando - "La Remolienda" (The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.) 


The awards will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2014 at the Poet's Den Theatre in NYC.  

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Art Gallery @ City Hall

Lucio Fernandez releases a new music video "Enamorado", the title track from his popular 2010 hit CD.

Watch it now:

Lucio Fernandez performs "Enamorado", the title track from his CD "Enamorado" released in 2010 (available on iTunes).  Featuring Taylor Schramm, with Fernando Contreras, Larry Piscitelli, Luis G. Prieto, and Karina Popovnina.  "Enamorado" is written by Lucio Fernandez and Jorge Chiquillo, with musical arrangements by Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz and engineered by Luis Güell.  The video is produced by MeLu Films.  Directed, produced, and edited by Lucio and Megan Fernandez.  Filmed entirely on location in NYC/NJ. Available on iTunes.


Video Production Credits:

Lucio Fernandez
Taylor Schramm
Fernando Contreras
Larry Piscitelli
Luis G. Prieto
Karina Popovnina

a MeLu Films Production
Lucio & Megan Fernandez, Producers/Directors
Taylor Schramm, Choreographer
Luis G. Prieto, Choreographer
Megan Fernandez, Choreographer
Gustavo Marquez, Cameras
Saulo Diaz, Cameras
Jay Gonzalez, Cameras/Lighting
Lucio & Megan Fernandez, Editing
Ana Cecilia Unna, Stills
Francia Valenzuela, make-up
MeLu Communications Group, Press Representation

Special thank you to Manuel Suarez & Las Brisas Restaurant in Union City, NJ


CD Production Credits:

Lucio Fernandez, Executive Producer; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz, Producer; Megan Fernandez, Assistant Executive Producer; Lucio Fernandez, Lyrics Jorge Chiquillo, Music; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz, Music & Vocal Arrangements; Amy Smith & Lucio Fernandez, Lyrics "Maybe Tomorrow"; Ryan Socrates, Music "Maybe Tomorrow"; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz & Jorge Chiquillo, Music "Choza de Amor"; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz, Music "El Cuban Kid"; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz & Lucio Fernandez, Lyrics "El Cuban Kid"; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz, Background Vocals Lyrics; Lucio Fernandez (MeLu Communications Group), Publisher - ASCAP

Music Recorded @ Kaleidoscope Sound and Digital Boulevard Audio; Vocals Recorded @ Digital Boulevard Audio; Sound Engineers: Luis Damian Güell and Sal Mormando; Mixed & Mastered by Luis Damian Güell @ Digital Boulevard Audio

Musicians: Lucio Fernandez (Lead Vocals); Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz (Acoustic and Electric Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Cuban Tres, Minor Percussion, Background Vocals); Pablo Mayor (Piano and Rhodes); Naomi Bloch-Schartz (Keyboards, "Maybe Tomorrow"), Felipe Lamoglia (Tenor and Soprano Saxophone); Tomer Levy (Trumpet); Mauricio Herrera (Drums and Timbales); Pedro Martinez (Percussion); Antonio DeVivo (Drums, "Maybe Tomorrow"); Rolando De los Reyes (Background Vocals)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hollywood Star to Teach Adult Acting Classes in Union City

The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. will be offering adult professional acting classes taught by critically acclaimed actor and renowned acting coach Renoly Santiago, star of "Con Air" with Nicolas Cage & John Malkovich, "Dangerous Minds" with Michelle Pfeiffer, "Hackers" with Angelina Jolie, "Daylight" with Sylvester Stallone; also TV's Law & Order and Broadway with Marc Anthony and Paul Simon.  The classes will begin Thursday, March 6, 2014 at The William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15 Street, Union City, NJ.

About the Classes
The classes will consist of Monologues & Scene Study
The classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Classes begin on Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tuition:  $200 for ten weeks
Showcase for a general audience and invited VIP guests at the end of the ten weeks.
Possible inclusion of participants in future fully-staged productions.
Pre-registration is a must.
Limited space.

Registrations begin Monday, February, 17, 2014
from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jose Marti Freshman Academy
1800 Summit Avenue
Union City, NJ


Renoly Santiago was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico and he spent his childhood in Union City, New Jersey, he currently resides in New York City. Renoly made his film debut co-starring in the blockbuster hit 'Dangerous Minds' alongside Michelle Pfeiffer. He played other major roles in Hollywood films, including: 'Hackers' with Angelina Jolie, 'Daylight' with Sylvester Stallone, and 'Con Air' with Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich. He has appeared in indie films such as 'Punks' at the Sundance Film Festival, 'The Street King', 'Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy' and 'Lavoe: The Untold Story', as Latin music legend Johnny Pacheco.  Among his episodic television appearances are guest leads in 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent', 'Touched by an Angel', 'Big Apple' and 'Stand Up'. 

He has appeared in many off-Broadway productions under such notable directors as Liz Swados in Lincoln Center and later, in workshops with Graciella Danielle in 'Blood Wedding' and Gabriel Barre in the Kander & Ebb musical 'Skin of Our Teeth' with Audra McDonald and Sara Ramirez. Renoly was nominated for a Drama Desk Award by the press as Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical in his Broadway debut 'The Capeman' written and composed by Paul Simon. He starred alongside Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and Ruben Blades. 

His writing credits include: the Emmy-nominated television series 'City Kids' in which he was also a lead character and the book to the musical 'Bring in the Morning…A Wake-Up Call' at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York starring Lauryn Hill. 

As a singer, Renoly can be heard as back-up for recording artist India on her album ‘Latin Songbird’, duetting with Danny Rivera and Marc Anthony amongst others, having performed with many artists of international renown. He is currently using his talents on community Arts projects; new acting, writing and production ventures across some exciting genres at home and abroad; writing new songs in English and Spanish and is presently recording music for his debut album. Renoly’s next feature film is ‘Grand Street’ with Kelly McGillis.

For more info or to register online, visit:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

West Hudson Opera returns for 2014

"Live On Stage" Winter 2014 NYICF

"Live On Stage" hosted by Lucio Fernandez, featuring the Winter 2014 NYICF.  This episode features an interview with Jahye Kim founder of the Hudson Fine Arts Foundation, Union City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the NY International Concerto Festival.  It showcases the Winter 2014 NY International Concerto Festival, and performances and interviews with the winners of the Young Artist Competition.  Featuring:  Soa Cho, Pallavi Seth, Jaehak Lee, Jiseul Min, Jihye Park, Abigail Yoon, and Charis Yoo.  Also an interview with Michael Yun, General Manager of the Winter 2014 NYICF.