Where are you from?
I’m from Uruguay, Las Piedras city, 20 km from the capital Montevideo
What was it like growing up?
I went to primary school and high school always in the same private Catholic College that is why I have the same friends since I was 5 years old until today,despite of the fact I am living far, I have very good memories of my childhood and adolescence life
What brought you to Cleveland?
In 2002 the economy broke in Uruguay and 200,000 Uruguayans emigrated to different parts of the world, I had my uncles and cousins living here in Cleveland
What were your first thoughts about coming to America? Did those change?
In Latin America there is the idea that life in USA is easy, but when you arrive here you can see the reality and of course there are more opportunities but not all is gold color.
What challenges did you face as an immigrant transitioning here?
The language and weather (winter time) but I have adapted myself very fast to the lifestyle here
What is your occupation?
I have a small landscaping company but my “true” profession is an actor and theater director I have the wonderful opportunity to work as such when Cleveland Public Theater opened the doors of the theater to Latin artists.
How have other Clevelanders made you feel welcomed?
The people in Cleveland are very pleasant and curious in a good way, but after I meet “Teatro Publico de Cleveland “everything is better
What traditions or customs do you continue to practice?
Big barbecues!! (with Uruguayan meat) with families and friends
What do you love about Cleveland?
I love Cleveland as a city to live, the culture, the art movement, and go to rehearse at the Cleveland public theater
Why is it so important to welcome immigrants and refugees?
Since there is a human being there are migratory flows, from the second world war is the economy and displaced by wars that created this modern migration, there is nothing better than help, the respect and equal treatment for which comes from other lands, that makes a strong community.
What suggestions do you have to make Cleveland a more welcoming community?
Put more money for activities integrating different cultures, Cleveland Public Theater is an example forming the Teatro publico de Cleveland and that mean greater integration of Latino to the community.
Why is it important to travel abroad?
Travelling opens your mind, better if you’re not going as a tourist, the experiences of other cultures is fascinating, you become more tolerant, compassionate, and you see your life in another perspective