Adriana Álvarez: Releasing your inner performer

I was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica, where I started acting at an early age. I never imagined I'd end up doing a Masters in Fine Arts at The Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. I've participated in several feature films and have won five awards for best acting in different Film Festivals around the world. My path took a turn recently when I produced a feature film for the first time (Atrás Hay Relámpagos), which was premiered earlier this year at the Rotterdam Film Festival. I'm so excited to get ECHOers to touch base with their inner performers! 

Sebastian Castro

A native and proud Costa Rican, Sebas has dedicated his life to sharing stories of those who have the power but not the means to inspire. After leaving his beloved Costa Rica to study abroad, he worked as a reporter and producer for CNN's Adventure Report, covering over one hundred social impact stories in over 30 countries. He left CNN to launch an independent project: Subite al Chunche, which documented the journey of going by land from Costa Rica to the 2014 Brazil World Cup. The 13-episode multimedia series won several awards, including best audiovisual production of the year in its category. He recently founded Baobab Creative, a start-up that builds creative bridges between investors and entrepreneurs. Simultaneously, he contributes with What Took You So Long?, a filmmaking collective that documents underserved social impact projects. He is also in the process of bringing The Do Lectures to Costa Rica. Sebastian's mission is to share the stories of those who have the power but not the means to inspire. He lives partly in Costa Rica and partly in the rest of the world.