Sonia Manzano

Emmy Award-Winning Actor

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For more than 40 years, Sonia Manzano inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as Maria on Sesame Street. Named by Latina Magazine as one of the 25 Greatest Latino Role Models, she broke ground as one of the first Hispanic characters featured on national television. She won 15 Emmys as part of the show’s writing team, and was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy Award in 2016. As captivating on the stage as on the small screen, Manzano has appeared in several critically acclaimed theater productions, including The Vagina Monologues, The Exonerated, and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She has continued to contribute to the Hispanic community and children’s education with a number of books that include a memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, and parenting column for the Sesame Workshop website called Talking Out Loud.Manzano currently serves on the advisory board of the performing arts center, Symphony Space.