Chaz Mena is an actor, writer and researcher with over 20 years’ experience, collectively. An executive producer partnering with VanGuardia Films, in San Juan Puerto Rico, Chaz has recently come on board as executive producer on a major feature filmed version of the novel A Pair of Silver Wings by James Holland produced by Silver Wings Films and the British Film Company–theatrical release is slated for 2020.
In 2017, he was named a “Revolutionary in Residence” at Colonial Williamsburg, VA and was commissioned to write a full-length play on Juan de Miralles, America’s 1st Spanish ambassador. He is recurring as “Vicente Cruz” in Netflix’s hit show, Bloodline. His nationally televised, one-person play Yo Solo… , was distributed by PBS from 2012-14. It won the Freedom Foundation’s “George Washington Honor Medal for Media” and official, Congressional Recognition in 2014.
Look for him on Alternatino (2019) with Arturo Castro, coming soon on Comedy Central. As “Bruce” on the web series Grown. He’s co-starred opposite Kyle Chandler on Sony/Netflix’s Bloodline. Worked opposite Mark Wahlberg in Pain & Gain, as “Andrew Thompson” on Season 9 of Burn Notice on Lifetime, as “Rafael Mendez” on Magic City on Starz, and “Dr. Hunter” on Graceland (Starz). His Spanish-language work includes recurring as “Agent Scott” in Lucia’s Secrets (Venevision, 2014) and as “Larson” on Criminal Master Mind (Venevision, 2015).
In partnership with Van Guardia Films & director Bruno Irizarry, BellaBoo Productions will have produced the 2019 theatrical release of 23 Horas, a science fiction; (2020) Yerba Buena, a social satire; and (2021) Road to Bella, a romantic comedy.
Twice nominated for an ACE Award for his work in Becoming Bernarda, a prequel to Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, at Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and for “Estanfor” in Spanish Repertory’s Te Juro Juana Que Tengo Ganas; The Flea Theatre; New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges Theatre; INTAR; American Place Theatre and The Cherry Lane Theatre; Young Playwrights; Spanish Repertory.
Laguna Playhouse (Laguna, CA), Centerstage (Baltimore), Arena Stage (D.C.), Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Inter-Act Theatre (Philadelphia), Eugene O Neill Theater Center, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Theatre Virginia (Richmond), Coconut Grove Playhouse, American Stage (St. Pete), Gables Stage and Actors Playhouse in Miami (Coral Gables), & Miami New Drama (Colony Theatre, Miami Beach). He is a company member of Zoetic Stage, a theatre company partnering within the Adrienne Arsht Performance Arts Center. Chaz is a Carbonell Award Winner for Best Actor, with numerous other nominations from this same, Florida Theatre Critics’ Award.
Chaz has appeared in many independent movies, as well as major Hollywood studio features. Visit his IMDB page to see more credits: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0578645/ ).
He is a published poet in some leading poetry journals around the country and has written four, 1-person shows which he may perform at any given time. He is most proud of his 23-year marriage to Ileana Musa Mena and his daughter, Anabella Mena.