Ela Troyano is an award-winning Cuban-born Latina director, writer, and producer based in New York. She is currently producing a documentary on the legendary Cuban pop singer La Lupe to be released in 2002.
In 1998-1999 Troyano directed the network television series "Reyes y Rey" and "Angeles" produced by Stu Segall Productions for Telemundo / Sony. She also wrote and directed a critically acclaimed one-hour documentary titled "Jovenes Urbanos del Siglo 21" for Spain's Canal Plus.
Her independent debut feature film, the Mexican telenovela-inspired "Latin Boys Go To Hell" (Strand Releasing 1997) was released theatrically in the US, Canada, Europe Australia, and Japan. Her award-winning half-hour films "Carmelita Tropicana" (1994) and "Once Upon A Time in the Bronx" (1994) were part of a one-hour program featuring cutting-edge performance art and Spanglish rap for public television's Independent Television Service (ITVS).
Troyano attended the prestigious Latino screenwriting workshop at Sundance with Gabriel Garcia Marquez and playwriting workshops at INTAR with Maria Irene Fornes. She has collaborated with a variety of artists including directing Carmelita Tropicana Off-Broadway, touring Europe with expanded cinema performances for John Zorn's recording label Tzadik and most recently with the performance group Coco Frio. Troyano has received numerous awards including a Creative Capital, Independent Television Service, Jerome Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, New York State Council on the Arts, and a Rockefeller Fellowship among others.