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Young Vallarta actor awarded a Hollywood scholarship

He is a student at the Vallarta Cultural Center

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“The Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute”  awarded Santiago Clay, a young Vallarta actor, an acting scholarship. The acting academy is located in Hollywood, United States.


His performing arts teacher in Puerto Vallarta is Alberto Sosa. He is also the coordinator of the Theater, Film and Television workshop at the Cuale Cultural Center. He was the one who promoted Santiago to receive this benefit. Mr. Sosa initially conducted several auditions with talented local actors. The finalists went then through a virtual casting process.

The scholarship includes one month of introductory acting technique workshops and one month of the specialization of Santiago’s choice. Because to the pandemic’s constraints, these lessons will be online. Mr. Sosa stated that this training costs between $6,000 and $10,000 USD. Noted stars of the film mecca have graduated from this institute, including Scarlett Johansen, Uma Thurman, Chris Evans, Jon Voight and his daughter Angelina Jolie, and Barbra Streisand herself.

About Santiago

Santiago Clay was born 18 years ago in Puerto Vallarta. He has a younger sister, Daniela, and is the son of Alejandro Gómez and Larisa Clay Bernal. All of them have given him their full support in his endeavors, so he considers himself really fortunate.


Santiago discovered his calling in school plays when he was 12 years old. The young Vallarta actor has been working with Professor Sosa since January 2021. He finds performing and the entertainment industry to be very important in his life.

The young artists is very clear about his future intentions:

It is what I would like to do, it is my objective… this covers what moves and touches me as a human being. This scholarship signifies a gift from the universe to me, as well as a critical foundation for me to begin developing my acting skills; I regard it as a fantastic opportunity.

He recently graduated from Puerto Vallarta Regional High School. He is aware of the responsibility he has taken on and considers it his priority.

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