Melinna Bobadilla is Chicana native to LA and is a quintessentially hyphenated creative & cultural commentator: professional actor/ educator/ voice over artist/ and freelance consultant on matters of diversity & inclusion. She is the proud co-host of Tamarindo Podcast- Latinx voices at the intersection of politics & pop culture serving comedic & critical interventions. Melinna holds an M.A. in Theater & Education from New York University, a BA from UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies & Mass Communications and is passionate about the intersection of social justice work with media & arts. Recent TV & Film work includes portraying Lidia in the buzzworthy MACRO digital media series GENTE-fied (executive produced by and starring America Ferrera), which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the lead character Mariana in the renowned film “We Know Where You Live” (WKWYL), a comedic thriller about a Latinx couple dealing with gentrification in LA. The film has been touring the festival circuit and has been selected as one of 6 finalists (3400 submissions) for the NBC Universal Short Film Festival this October in LA. Recent notable stage roles include the fierce Pachuca ‘Bertha’ in the historic revival of Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum opposite Oscar nominee Demian Bichir. Melinna has fused her skills in the arts and in education as a facilitator & lecturer in the non-profit sector (MALDEF), public schools, arts institutions (Center Theatre Group, Coburn School) universities (USC, NYU, LMU, UofM, UT) and international conferences in Spain, Cuba, and India. You can catch Melinna next in the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s (NHMC) actor showcase in October 2018 and in some Netflix programming she is bursting at the seams to share but isn’t allowed to yet! Call her if you want to talk about Intersectional Feminism, Representation of Latinxs in TV/Film, or Selena.