Chaz Mena has just recently taped his one-person play Yo Solo…Bernardo de Galvez on the Stage of the American Revolution at WSRE in Pensacola, a PBS affiliate station. This performance will be distributed nationally by PBS in 2012-13. Chaz has just been selected to host Moments in Florida History, celebrating Florida's 500-year anniversary; a timeline in 100, one-minute episodes in Florida history will be delivered by Chaz in both English and Spanish, then aired on all PBS stations in the state. Chaz was a regular this season in Nickelodeon's Spanish language series, Grachi; he recently co-starred in ABC's new series (and ill-fated, as it turned out) remake of Charlie's Angels that was slated for next season as an episodic; he will soon be appearing in a forthcoming film to be shot in Florida entitled Pain & Gain. Guest starring as “Andrew Thompson” on Season 9 of Burn Notice, Lifetime and as “Rafael Mendez” on Magic City on Starz Channel. Chaz is presently in production for Venevisíon's Lucia's Secrets (Los Secretos de Lucía), in the recurring role of "Agent Scott" an American lisaon officer with the Venezuelan police.
He's recently given a much-lauded performance as “Max Tarasov” at Gables Stage s South Eastern premier of Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts. This past season saw for Chaz the Southeast premiere of The Quarrel at Gables Stage, Coral Gables, FL for which his “Chaim Kovler” was named by The Miami Herald as one of the “Top Five performances in Florida in 2010.” This season will include Oliver Mayer’s (of University of Southern California) Dark Matters at Teatro Prometéo, slated to open in Madrid in 2014 and being given a workshop production later this year at Prometéo.
Chaz Mena is is a graduate of Barry University (BA - English Literature), and earned an MFA in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1996. In 1997, he was invited to study and perform at Studio Tabakova, Moscow Arts Theatre School, Moscow, Russia. Moving to New York in 1997, Chaz has worked with Wynn Handeman at the American Place Theatre on a number of solo projects. He’s work-shopped plays at New York Theatre Workshop (Nilo Cruz s Two Sisters and a Piano and the musical version of the novel, Bright Lights Big City). As a member of Spanish Repertory, Chaz was twice nominated for the prestigious ACE Award and was invited to participate in an international tour of Eduardo Machado’s play Broken Eggs , from his Floating Islands Plays. Along with A.R. Gurney and Jim Simpson (The Guys, feature) at The Flea Theatre, he premiered in the former critically acclaimed, O Jerusalem. Chaz has given much lauded performances by the NY Times, including Carmen Rivera s To Catch the Lightning and a pre -quel to Lorca's House of Bernarda Alba, Becoming Bernarda, both staged at PRTT, New York City.
NEW YORK: Nominated for an ACE Award for his work in Becoming Bernarda, a prequel to Lorca s House of Bernarda Alba, at Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and as “Estanfor” in Spanish Repertory s Te Juro Juana Que Tengo Ganas; The Flea Theatre; New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges Theatre; INTAR; American Place Theatre and The Cherry Lane Theatre; Young Playwrights; Spanish Repertory.
REGIONAL: Laguna Playhouse (Laguna, CA), Centerstage (Baltimore), Arena Stage (D.C.), Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Inter-Act Theatre (Philadelphia), Eugene O Neill Theater Center, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Theatre Virginia (Richmond), Coconut Grove Playhouse, American Stage (St. Pete), Gables Stage and Actors Playhouse in Miami (Coral Gables).
FILM & TELEVISION: Recent credits include "Lucia's Secrets" (Venevisíon, in production), “Pain & Gain” (Paramount, opposite Mark Wahlberg), “Grachi” (Nickelodeon, post production), “Yo Solo…” (PBS, post production), "Magic City" (Starz, co-starring), “An Uncle’s Request” (lead, in post production), “Danny and the Lions” (lead). Older credits include “Muñeca” (lead role), “Miami Rhapsody”, “Ace Ventura”, “Miami Hustle”, and both recurring and co-starring roles on “Charlies Angels,” “Third Watch “, “Law & Order” , “Tracey Takes On”, “Wise Guys” and “Miami Vice”.
Chaz divides his time between New York and Florida. He is most proud of his marriage to Ileana Musa Mena and being a dad to his daughter, Anabella Ileana Mena.