Biography

Chaz is recurring as “Vicente Cruz” in Netflix’s new, hit show, Bloodline. Recently named a 2017 “Revolutionary in Residence” at Colonial Williamsburg, VA. 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. Chaz is the host of This Moment in Florida History,” a time-line of 50, one-minute episodes in Florida history in both English and Spanish, celebrating Florida’s 500-year anniversary on all PBS stations in Florida.

He’s recently co-starred opposite Kyle Chandler on Sony/Netflix’s Bloodline. Has worked opposite Mark Wahlberg in Pain No Gain, as “Andrew Thompson” on Season 9 of Burn Notice on Lifetime, as “Rafael Mendez” on Magic City on Starz, and “Dr. Hunter” in 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.)

CREDITS

NEW YORK: 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 as “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.

REGIONAL: 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 Theatre Center (Miami Shores, FL) , 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. Also nominated for other regional & national awards like ACE, ALMA & Pittsburgh’s CLO Awards.

FILM & TELEVISION: Recent credits include  “Bloodline” (NetFlix & Sony Productions), “Graceland” (Starz), “Demente Criminal” &  “Lucia’s Secrets” (Venevisíon), “Pain & Gain” (Paramount, opposite Mark Wahlberg), “Grachi” (Nickelodeon, post production), “Yo Solo…” (PBS), “Magic City” (Starz, co-starring). Older credits include “Muñeca” (lead role), “Miami Rhapsody”, “Ace Ventura”, “Miami Hustle”, and both recurring and co-starring roles on “Charlies Angels,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order” , “Tracey Takes On”, “Wise Guys” and “Miami Vice”. He has appeared in many independent movies, too many to mention here (for more credits, see http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0578645/).

Chaz divides his time between New York and Florida. He is a published poet in some leading poetry journals around the country and has written four, 1-person shows that he performs at any given time. He is most proud of his 20-year marriage to Ileana Musa Mena and being a dad to his daughter, Anabella Mena. He is represented by the Avalon Artists Group in New York City and Los Angeles, CA.

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