Vannia Ibarguen

“Cuba: My Return”
A woman returns to her motherland, Cuba, after being gone for 54 years.

Alina Ceñal Cuban born, arriving in Miami at the age of 4 with ‘clave’ in her veins, the love of rhythm and dance has stayed with her ever since! As a natural physical comedian, Alina has enjoyed making people laugh. While attending the University of South Florida as a dance major, she performed at Ringling Brothers Circus World as an aerialist. Next came Hollywood for 20 years performing in television, theatre, and film, some TV credits: The Shield, Judging Amy, Days of our Lives, Diagnosis Murder, Quantum Leap, Matlock, and Webster. STAGE: Southern Oregon University, San Diego Rep, LATC, Odyssey, South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Improvisational Theater Project, Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, and international company of “A Chorus Line”.

Teaching children theater has been the center of Alina’s work. She founded Kids Acting Out-West in 2005, after-school curriculum and summer camps. Alina has toured her solo bilingual show Words from a Cuban Father nationally and internationally. After reconnecting with her motherland, she created Cuba: My Return, and recently played 2 different Cuban grandmas in Christmas Contigo and In the Heights at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

Juli Kim