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Juan Carlos Velis

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24 August 1973 San Salvador, El Salvador
Juan Carlos' acting career started at the tender age of three, with "Canal 8", "TVE" and "The National Television Network" of his native El Salvador, having leading roles in such television shows as "Club Infantil", "Fantasia", "Letritas" and "Cipotadas". When he was eight years old, he made his film debut with "Barco de Papel" (Paper Boat), a film that represented El Salvador at the II International Film Festival of Peru, for which he received critical acclaim from the Salvadorean Film Critics' Association and The Latin American Press. His father Alfonso Velis Tobar, a well-respected and published writer throughout Latin America, was branded a threat against the right winged Salvadorean government due to his work's subject matter. Alfonso was forced to go into exile and opted to move his family to London Ontario, Canada, when Juan Carlos was barely fifteen years old. Juan Carlos' passion for theatre, film and television didn't end there. Instead, he became fully involved with his high school drama program through acting, producing and directing, receiving various awards to his merit. After High School he planned to attend a post secondary institution to further his study in Drama. He was accepted into the Studio Program at AMDA (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in New York City, but was unable to attend due to economical reasons. At the same time he opted to accept admittance into the University of Windsor's distinguished acting program, where he recently graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting. He has worked in theatres across Canada and the United States including The Factory theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Festival of Classics, The Saidye Bronfman Centre, Cahoot's Theatre Projects, The du Maurier World Stage, The Grand Theatre, The Red Barn Theatre, Tempest Theatre, Roseneath Theatre, Coral Springs Theater Center, The Kravis Center and Toronto's classical Soulpepper Theatre Company. His first play "Further Beyond" was accepted into the 2000 SummerWorks Theatre Festival and played at the Factory Theatre Main Stage. The production later toured to the Grand Theatre in London, where it played at the McManus Studio Theatre to sold-out houses, receiving critical acclaim. He was also a key member of the 2001 Playwright's Unit at Cahoot's Theatre Projects, where he completed writing his new play "The 8 o'clock Train". Film and television credits include: The short films "The Prize", with Digital Gun, "8 Steps", with Circus Comics Films. "Lest We Forget", with In Extremis Films and _The Topic of Cancer (2001)_, directed by Ramiro Puerta which premiered at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival. He has had principal roles in: _The Thin Blue Lie (2000)_ directed by 'Roger Young'. The CBS movie of the week _Blackout (2001/I)_ directed by James Keach, in which he shares scenes with 'Jane Seymour'. The ABC Mini-series: _Widows (2002)_, a remake of the British miniseries of the same name, directed by Geoffrey Sax, in which he shares scenes with Brooke Shields, Rosie Perez, Colm Feore and Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl. Juan Carlos has held recurring and principal roles in such television projects as the Showtime Series: _Street Time_, directed by Marc Levin in which he played the role of Gusano Guzman plus Disney's: _Moms on Strike (2002)_, also directed by James Keach, in which he shares scenes with Faith Ford, Tim Matheson" and Spencer Breslin. He has worked on selected episodes of Global Television Series: _Blue Murder_, CTV's _Sue Thomas F.B.Eye_ and _Relic Hunter_. He regularly works in commercials, print, and voice. Currently he is working on his third play: "Dreaming Backwards". With his father Alfonso, he is co-writing: "Crimen en la Parroquia" and the one man show "El Pasafronteras - Borderlines". He is co-written the feature film "Exit 13" with Kevin Durand, and "Snowdrops" with Alfonso Quijada. Carlos is a founding member and serves as Artistic Director & Executive Producer of "Acropolis Theatre Company", which produces the annual: "Shakespeare on the Thames Theatre Festival" in London.
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