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Sonia Manzano

Actress, Author, Script Writer Known for Playing "Maria" on "Sesame Street"

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 Sonia Manzano Biography

Sonia Manzano is a first-generation American of Latino descent who has affected the lives of millions of parents and children since the early 1970s, when she was offered an opportunity to play “Maria” on "Sesame Street".

Manzano was raised in the South Bronx where her involvement in the arts was inspired by teachers who encouraged her to audition for the High School of Performing Arts. She was accepted there and began her career as an actress. A scholarship took her to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and in her junior year, she came to New York to star in the original production of the off-Broadway show "Godspell". Within a year, Manzano joined the production of "Sesame Street", where she eventually began writing scripts for the series. She was thrilled to help write the story line for “Maria’s” marriage and birth of “Maria’s” baby, played for a while by Manzano’s real-life daughter Gabriela.

Manzano has performed on the New York stage in the critically acclaimed theater pieces "The Vagina Monologues", "The Exonerated", and "Love Loss and What I Wore". Movies include Deathwish, Follow That Bird and Elmo in Grouchland.

She has written for the Peabody Award-winning children’s series, Little Bill, and has written a parenting column for the Sesame Workshop web site called Talking Out Loud. Her children’s book, No Dogs Allowed! published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in 2004. In 2005 General Mills selected No Dogs Allowed! for their Spoonfuls of Stories series. Over one million copies of No Dogs Allowed! were given away in cereal boxes courtesy of General Mills.

No Dogs Allowed! has been turned into a children’s musical, with a productions at the Actor’s Playhouse, in Coral Gables, Florida and the Atlantic Theater in New York. Productions included Ridgefield Theater Barn and Theaterworks at the Milford Playhouse, both in CT. Theatrical Rights Worldwide has licensed No Dogs Allowed! Her second book, A Box Full Of Kittens, was published in 2007.

Her first young adult novel entitled "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano" was a Pura Belpre Honor. "Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx", is her memoir. "Miracle on 133rd Street" is a picture book she published in 2015.

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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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    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 between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking 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.
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Sonia Manzano

Actress, Author, Script Writer Known for Playing "Maria" on "Sesame Street"

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Sonia Manzano Biography

Sonia Manzano is a first-generation American of Latino descent who has affected the lives of millions of parents and children since the early 1970s, when she was offered an opportunity to play “Maria” on "Sesame Street".

Manzano was raised in the South Bronx where her involvement in the arts was inspired by teachers who encouraged her to audition for the High School of Performing Arts. She was accepted there and began her career as an actress. A scholarship took her to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and in her junior year, she came to New York to star in the original production of the off-Broadway show "Godspell". Within a year, Manzano joined the production of "Sesame Street", where she eventually began writing scripts for the series. She was thrilled to help write the story line for “Maria’s” marriage and birth of “Maria’s” baby, played for a while by Manzano’s real-life daughter Gabriela.

Manzano has performed on the New York stage in the critically acclaimed theater pieces "The Vagina Monologues", "The Exonerated", and "Love Loss and What I Wore". Movies include Deathwish, Follow That Bird and Elmo in Grouchland.

She has written for the Peabody Award-winning children’s series, Little Bill, and has written a parenting column for the Sesame Workshop web site called Talking Out Loud. Her children’s book, No Dogs Allowed! published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in 2004. In 2005 General Mills selected No Dogs Allowed! for their Spoonfuls of Stories series. Over one million copies of No Dogs Allowed! were given away in cereal boxes courtesy of General Mills.

No Dogs Allowed! has been turned into a children’s musical, with a productions at the Actor’s Playhouse, in Coral Gables, Florida and the Atlantic Theater in New York. Productions included Ridgefield Theater Barn and Theaterworks at the Milford Playhouse, both in CT. Theatrical Rights Worldwide has licensed No Dogs Allowed! Her second book, A Box Full Of Kittens, was published in 2007.

Her first young adult novel entitled "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano" was a Pura Belpre Honor. "Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx", is her memoir. "Miracle on 133rd Street" is a picture book she published in 2015.

Sonia Manzano Videos

  • Sonia Manzano and Angela Yee in conversation at Bronx Library ...
    Jun 19, 2019 ... Filmed: June 17, 2019 Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street Actor, Writer, and Speaker In conversation with Angela Yee, NYPL Ambassador...
  • Muse - Sonia Manzano - YouTube
    Jul 6, 2018 ... For over 40 years, Sonia Manzano inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as "Maria" on Sesame Street. Named among the...
  • CUNY SPS Commencement 2016: Sonia Manzano on How ...
    Jul 18, 2016 ... Keynote Speaker of the 2016 CUNY SPS Commencement Ceremony, Sonia Manzano discusses how education has evolved.

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 both live and virtual events 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 for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. 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 between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking 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, Erin Gruwell, Geoffrey Canada and Tonya Lewis Lee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sonia Manzano for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Sonia Manzano Speaker Videos

  • Sonia Manzano and Angela Yee in conversation at Bronx Library ...
    Jun 19, 2019 ... Filmed: June 17, 2019 Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street Actor, Writer, and Speaker In conversation with Angela Yee, NYPL Ambassador and ...
    Muse - Sonia Manzano - YouTube
    Jul 6, 2018 ... For over 40 years, Sonia Manzano inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as "Maria" on Sesame Street. Named among the “25 ...
  • CUNY SPS Commencement 2016: Sonia Manzano on How ...
    Jul 18, 2016 ... Keynote Speaker of the 2016 CUNY SPS Commencement Ceremony, Sonia Manzano discusses how education has evolved.
    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.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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