What is it?
2nd Annual Ya Tu Sabes Monologue Slam presented by NBC
Ya Tu Sabes is an underground, pop-up monologue slam showcasing emerging diverse Latinx Writers and Actors. After a multi-round audition process, 12 Writers and 12 Actors will be selected by a panel of esteemed judges to perform original monologues at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in the heart of Hollywood in front of industry professionals, family, and friends.
The Latinx voice is underwhelming and misplaced in the entertainment industry.
Recent studies conducted by local universities have demonstrated that the Latinx voice and representation is underwhelming and misplaced in the entertainment industry. Nosotros recognizes that there is a severe disconnect and a largely negative perception of Latinx inHollywood. Thus, we have created this program to give up-and-coming and established Latinx writers and actors a platform to be recognized for their talents by networks and studios. Many of our Nosotros members and participants have been directly called in for network and studio table readings, guest star and series regular roles, and producer sessions from being seen in our programs.
Best known for his portrayal of the charming and exacting Dr. Neil Melendez in ABC’s global hit, “The Good Doctor”, Texas native and Stanford graduate, Nicholas Gonzalez, is no to stranger to audiences who recognize him from a dense resume of some of TV’s hottest shows. Nicholas’ passion for humanity exceeds his entertainment work and in depth character portrayals. As a father, husband, actor and activist, Nicholas is committed to projects, both on camera and off, that highlight the injustices, struggles, and victories of the human condition.
Melissa Barrera is a Mexican actress, born and raised in Monterrey, México. She first fell in love with acting through musical theater productions and drama classes from your education at The American School Foundation of Monterrey. Her first professional job was playing Juliet in the Mexican adaptation of the French musical Romeo et Juliette. After getting a taste in theater, she knew that’s what she wanted to dedicate her life to. She attended CAP21, the musical theater school which is part of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. After two years she moved back to Mexico when she was selected to compete in a singing competition reality show called La Academia. From there she decided to stay in Mexico City where she spent the next five and a half years doing telenovelas, theater, tv shows and films. In 2017, she decided to make the move to Los Angeles to try the crossover and work in the English speaking market. Shortly after her move she booked the lead role of Lyn Hernandez on the Starz original series VIDA, the third season of which aired spring of 2020. She will next be starring in the lead role of Vanessa in the upcoming film adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony winning musical, IN THE HEIGHTS to premiere June 2021.
Jon currently stars as ‘Miguel’ on NBC’s critically acclaimed series, “This Is Us.” Prior to that, he starred as ‘Detective Javier Esposito’ on ABC’s award-winning dramedy “Castle” and his standout performance in HBO’s miniseries “Generation Kill” as ‘Sgt. Tony “Poke” Espera’ offered a streetwise view of the U.S. Marines’ 1st Recon Battalion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Jon, being a veteran himself, calls it the most meaningful role of his career.
In addition to a 20 plus year acting career, Jon is also a filmmaker having produced and directed Network Television special features, a Holiday Special for ABC, Music Videos, award winning short films and two feature films earning him an appointment to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His production shingle WestSide Stories has multiple TV/Film projects in various stages of development.
Nosotros is the oldest Latino arts advocacy organization in the United States founded by Hollywood legend Ricardo Montalbán in 1970. We specialize in giving rising talent the platform and tools necessary to succeed in the entertainment industry whilst enhancing the image of Latinx in media.