2015 Alumnus of the Year
Rafael Agustin Guerrero
Named one of Los Angeles’ “Top 25 Future Latino Leaders” by Latino Leaders Magazine, Rafael is the co-creator and co-star of the nationally touring comedy, N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK, which has received acclaim from the New York Times, LA Times, Denver Post and Black Book Magazine.
This year, Rafael served as a staff writer on the Bill Duke Telvision project, The Blexicans. Also this year this year, Rafael was named Executive Director of Edward James Olmos’ Latino International Film Institute.
Rafael is the recipient of the Dell’Arte International Award from the Kennedy Center and was awarded the Natalie Wood Excellence in Acting Award by UCLA. He received the Adelante Award for the Advancement of Social Justice in the Arts and in 2015 was selected to contribute to a new book entitled Portraits of the Dream: The Importance of Investing in Undocumented America, which is designed to promote Dream Act legislation in Washington D.C.
Rafael served as the Festival Manager of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) from 2005-2013 and helped produce the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Mexico from 2008-2010, as well the Los Cabos International Film Festival from 2013-2014.
Rafael is a founding member of the Los Angeles based theater company, Speak Theater Arts, and is an alumnus of the 2011 CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase.
He received his BA and MA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television.