When it comes to acting, Jezabel Montero is grateful for all her accomplishments within the Latino theatre community.
Montero, who was born and raised in New York City to immigrant Cuban parents, has worked as a bilingual actor for over three decades. She is known for playing roles such as Mariela Aragon in Telemundo’s “Relaciones Peligrosas,” as Officer Garcia in the feature film, “Unlawful Justice,” and as a mob arms dealer, Mouse, in the film, “Wise Gals.”
She is a Cum Laude graduate from U.C.L.A., receiving her B.A. in Theatre. Although she has performed on many New York City stages (over forty plays), some of her proudest accomplishments are those within the Latino theatre community; having worked in theatres such as the pioneering Spanish Repertory Theatre. The groundbreaking Latino-American I.N.T.A.R. Theatre, and the prestigious Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, run by Miriam Colon.
When she is not acting, Jezabel works behind the scenes as a writer, director, and theater producer and film producer. She works as a script doctor to help others' tell their stories in their voice. As a director, Jezabel has directed everything from corporate videos, to shorts, to docs and is working on her directorial debut with The Duke and Duchess of Queens. An autobiographical dark comedy piece about two ethnic kids who fall in love and grow apart, through drug addiction and sexual abuse, in the gritty, urban center of the 1970s. In 2007, when she realized that her own experiences were chronically underrepresented (Latino, L.G.B.T.Q., women), she started her own film production company, Fuacata Films, to independently choose the stories she wanted to tell.
Credits with her film company include: Blondes Are Latin Too, a short documentary (writer/director/producer), The Basement, a short dark comedy thriller (writer/director/ producer), Lies & Oblivion: Sessions' Vocal Unit (writer/director/producer) Cassanova Was A Woman, feature film romantic comedy (writer/producer/actor), Re-Evolution: The Cuban Dream, a four-part docu-series (producer), The So-So You Don't Know – Episode 3 (producer) and Death of a Fool – feature film supernatural drama (producer – 2020). Her projects have won "Best of" categories and have gone on to distribution. All projects have diverse themes with the mission of inclusion – both in front of and behind the camera.