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Sonia Manzano

"Maria" on Sesame Street & Author

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 Sonia Manzano Biography

For over 30 years, Sonia Manzano inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as "Maria" on Sesame Street. Named among the “25 Greatest Latino Role Models Ever” by Latina Magazine, Manzano broke ground as one of the first Hispanic characters on national television. Throughout her career, she has continued to contribute to enriching diversity on television, on the stage, and in the educational realm. A first generation America of Latin descent, Manzano’s tale is one of perseverance and courage as she overcame countless obstacles to become one of the most influential Latinas in television.

Sonia Manzano knows a thing or two about determination. Now a twice nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series, Manzano didn’t have a lot of resources as a child growing up in the South Bronx. Immensely talented, Sonia never gave up, and within a year of graduating college, Manzano found herself on Sesame Street. An equally impressive and captivating stage actress, Manzano has appeared on stage in several critically acclaimed theater performances, including The Vagina Monologues,” “The Exonerated,” and “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.”

An award winning television writer and children’s book author, Manzano is a master storyteller. She won 15 Emmys as part of the Sesame Street writing team, and also wrote for the Peabody Award-winning children's series Little Bill. Continuing to inspire children off screen, Manzano’s children’s book, No Dogs Allowed, was selected by the General Mills initiative "Spoonfuls of Stories" to become a children’s musical to encourage childhood literacy. Her first young adult novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, examines the Latino community during the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a young girl coming of age in the midst of social upheaval in Spanish Harlem in 1969. As good a writer for parents as she is children, Manzano has also written a parenting column for the Sesame Workshop website called “Talking Out Loud.”

A staunch advocate for education, Manzano shares her extraordinary talent to help children to succeed. A fearless trailblazer, Manzano opened the doors for Latinas on screen. Infusing humor and charm into her presentations, Manzano inspires audiences with her passion, strength and insight into success. Whether speaking out for literacy, diversity, or addressing the issues children face in our media saturated life, she is a familiar, engaging voice that brings new light to her roles and to our lives.

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Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

A Box Full of Kittens

A Box Full of Kittens

No Dogs Allowed!

No Dogs Allowed!

Speaking Topics
  • Building Resilient Children the Sesame Street Way

  • 1,2 3, Who Let Latinos on TV

  • From the South Bronx to Sesame Street

  • Would Elmo Make a Good Board Member?

  • Can Muppets Read?

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Sonia Manzano

"Maria" on Sesame Street & Author

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Sonia Manzano Biography

For over 30 years, Sonia Manzano inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as "Maria" on Sesame Street. Named among the “25 Greatest Latino Role Models Ever” by Latina Magazine, Manzano broke ground as one of the first Hispanic characters on national television. Throughout her career, she has continued to contribute to enriching diversity on television, on the stage, and in the educational realm. A first generation America of Latin descent, Manzano’s tale is one of perseverance and courage as she overcame countless obstacles to become one of the most influential Latinas in television.

Sonia Manzano knows a thing or two about determination. Now a twice nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series, Manzano didn’t have a lot of resources as a child growing up in the South Bronx. Immensely talented, Sonia never gave up, and within a year of graduating college, Manzano found herself on Sesame Street. An equally impressive and captivating stage actress, Manzano has appeared on stage in several critically acclaimed theater performances, including The Vagina Monologues,” “The Exonerated,” and “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.”

An award winning television writer and children’s book author, Manzano is a master storyteller. She won 15 Emmys as part of the Sesame Street writing team, and also wrote for the Peabody Award-winning children's series Little Bill. Continuing to inspire children off screen, Manzano’s children’s book, No Dogs Allowed, was selected by the General Mills initiative "Spoonfuls of Stories" to become a children’s musical to encourage childhood literacy. Her first young adult novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, examines the Latino community during the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a young girl coming of age in the midst of social upheaval in Spanish Harlem in 1969. As good a writer for parents as she is children, Manzano has also written a parenting column for the Sesame Workshop website called “Talking Out Loud.”

A staunch advocate for education, Manzano shares her extraordinary talent to help children to succeed. A fearless trailblazer, Manzano opened the doors for Latinas on screen. Infusing humor and charm into her presentations, Manzano inspires audiences with her passion, strength and insight into success. Whether speaking out for literacy, diversity, or addressing the issues children face in our media saturated life, she is a familiar, engaging voice that brings new light to her roles and to our lives.

Sonia Manzano Videos

  • Sonia Manzano of Sesame Street fame speaks at Girls Write Now ...
  • Sonia Manzano Interview on May 4, 2012 with News12 - YouTube
  • Girls Write Now Interviews Sonia Manzano - YouTube

Sonia Manzano Books

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Sonia Manzano Speaking Topics

  • Building Resilient Children the Sesame Street Way

  • 1,2 3, Who Let Latinos on TV

  • From the South Bronx to Sesame Street

  • Would Elmo Make a Good Board Member?

  • Can Muppets Read?

FAQs on booking Sonia Manzano

  • How to book Sonia Manzano?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sonia Manzano for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Sonia Manzano, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sonia Manzano or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sonia Manzano?

    Booking fees for Sonia Manzano, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sonia Manzano, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sonia Manzano?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sonia Manzano for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sonia Manzano for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sonia Manzano or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sonia Manzano or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sonia Manzano is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Sonia Manzano for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Sonia Manzano generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Victoria Rowell, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Malaak Compton-Rock, Holly Robinson Peete and Tony Plana. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sonia Manzano for an upcoming event.

Sonia Manzano Speaker Videos

  • Sonia Manzano of Sesame Street fame speaks at Girls Write Now ...
    Sonia Manzano Interview on May 4, 2012 with News12 - YouTube
  • Girls Write Now Interviews Sonia Manzano - YouTube

Sonia Manzano Speaking Topics

  • Building Resilient Children the Sesame Street Way

  • 1,2 3, Who Let Latinos on TV

  • From the South Bronx to Sesame Street

  • Would Elmo Make a Good Board Member?

  • Can Muppets Read?

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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