Category: Cuba Week Speakers

Olga Rosa González

photo of olga rosa gonzalez martinA graduate of the School of Foreign Languages of the University of Havana (1997), Master (2004, 2013) Olga Rosa González is the deputy director of the Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies of the University of Havana.

She is also a professor in the University’s School of Communication and the School Foreign Languages. She has studied the American and Canadian public opinion towards Cuba as well as on the media-elite relations in both countries for over a decade. She is also interested in public diplomacy, political communication, strategic communication among other topics.

She has been a panelist at different national and international academic events and her articles have been published in Cuba and abroad. She is a member of the Cuban Association of Social Communicators (ACCS), the Cuban United Nations Association (ACNU) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). She also enjoys doing translations.

Rafael Perez-Malo Stinga

Rafael Perez-Malo Stinga has a degree in Theater Arts and Dramaturgy with a specialty in theater studies.

His professional work includes the following:

  • Editor of “Tablas”, journal specializing in Theater Arts
  • Writer and conductor of the radio program “Aquí en el teatro” from the broadcast station CMBF
  • Promoter of the main theatrical events of Cuban theater and dance in other programs such as “Sitio de arte,” “Estudio 9,” “Noticiero Nacional de Televisión,” and “De Tarde en casa.” 
  • Director of the bulletin “Entretelones” and collaborator of “Gestus” and “Perro huevero.”
  • Vice President of the National Council of Theater Arts. 

Erich Cartaya Conyedo

Photo of ERICH CARTAYA CONYEDOErich Cartaya Conyedo is a theater director, advisor and producer. He has a degree in Sociocultural Studies in College of Arts and Letters at the University of La Habana.

He’s the assistant artistic director of the cabaret El Tablao at the Alicia Alonso Theater. His production credits include the National Counsel of Theater Art, the International Theater Festival of La Havana, DanceCubaDance, Culturesfrance, the El Taller Theater group, the Feerico Theater group and Ibsen Spaces in the Cuba-Norweigian theater.

Since 2007, he has produced the Habanabama Company, an intercultural exchange between Cuban dancers and actors at the University of Alabama that has produced the Merchant of Venice, a Midsummer Night’s Dream, More Than Therapy, and Alcestis in Ascent. Since 2013, he produced the CNAE and Nederland Worldwide Entertainment production of Rent.

Niurka González Núñez

Niurka González Núñez is an adjunct professor and for more than ten years has been giving flute lessons at  Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA); she is a soloist for the National Center for Concert Music and invited soloist for the National Symphonic Orchestra.  Since 1997 she, along with the pianist María del Henar Navarro, is a member of the Duo Ondina and since 2005 is part of a musical group accompanying troubadour Silvio Rodríguez.

In 1997 she obtained first prize at the Conservatorio Superior in Paris (CNR). A 1999 high honors graduate of the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, she also has a diploma in Musical Hispano from the University of San Gerónimo.

She has taken classes from top teachers such as Alain Marion, Sophie Cherrier, Andras Adorjan, Claudi Arimany, Halina Kusiak Luis Bayard, and Luisa Mercedes Hernández among others.  She is well known for her solo performances as a flutist with the National Symphonic Orchestra directed by the maestro Leo Brouwer (Cuba), Sebrina Alfonso (USA), Jean Paul Penin (France) among others; with the National Concert Band, the orchestra from Cámara Música Eterna, with the Soloists of La Habana, with Conjunto de Maderas de Opera from Rouen, France, with the orchestra from Cámara de la Comunidad Europea under the direction of Fiyind Aadland from Norway, with the Symphonic Orchestra of the University of Chile, with National Symphonic Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, the Latin American Quartet, and with the Lyceum Mozarteum orchestra in Havana.

In 2001, her first record, “Flute Virtuoso,” was released and won the prize for best first work in the Cubadisco contest.  She has participated in recordings of works by Leo Brouwer that are included in the phonograms “Homo Ludens” and “Landscapes, Portraits and Women.” “Essential Brouwer,” and “Mythology of the Waters.”

She has given numerous recitals in diverse concert halls in Cuba, China, Chile, USA, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Spain, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, England, Ecuador, and Brasil. She has done recordings for radio and television shows in various countries.

She has represented her country in numerous flute festivals around the world where she has offered  recitals and taught master classes.  Her work as an instrumentalist has led her  to share with various groups and well known soloists in various parts of the world.

Sarah Marshall

Professor Marshall teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in printmaking.  Since joining the facultyin 2001, her work has been included in national and international printmaking exhibitionsincluding: Global Matrix4th Minnesota National Print Biennial and 17th Parkside National Small PrintExhibition. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in Alabama, Iowa, Pennsylvania andMaryland. In conjunction with her studio practice, Marshall has presented lectures and demonstrations atthe College Art Association, the State University of West Georgia, West Virginia University and theUniversity of North Alabama. She serves as Director of Graduate Studies for studio art at The Universityof Alabama

Aliosky Garcia Sosa

Aliosky Garcia Sosa is a master printmaker and painter. A graduate of the Instituto Superior de Arte, (ISA), Garcia serves as the professor of art and printmaking department director at the University of Arts in Havana. This prestigious school was founded in 1976 and is renown for being a center for advanced studies in the fields of theater, dance, music, visual arts and communication arts. Garcia is also an independent curator and  a member of Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC)

Alejandro Sainz Alfonso

Alejandro Sainz Alfonso began his art studies after finishing pre-university courses at the Institute of Design in Havana in 1985. Two years years after graduating as a graphic designer, he enrolled in the Academy of Plastic Arts, San Alejandro. He graduated in 1991 with specializations in painting and drawing. For the last twenty-five years he’s been with the Taller Experimental de Grafica in Havana for engravings– lithographs, serigraphy, xylographs. He’s currently working on a series of xylographs called “20,000 leguas of journeys and lies.” He’s also working on other artistic endeavors related to painting, photography, and sculpture in addition to participating in events and personal and collective expositions in various parts of the world. During the last few years, he’s made inroads into the area of book art as an artistic manifestation of his work.