Jackie Torres is a communicator that stands out as a director, producer, writer, actress and host in film, TV, radio and theater. Her work as a communicator has concentrated on providing the tools we all need to improve our daily communication. The first great obstacle she faced, when she first decided to study in the United States, was to communicate in a language that was not hers, English. With great determination and effort, she defeated the language barrier and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at the University of Maryland. After that, she got a Master’s Degree from the University of Puerto Rico.
Joining the TV world
Jackie quickly dabbled into the world of communications through the production of TV shows. Before that, she had to conquer another obstacle. Firstly, to be a female TV producer in a world where there were only male ones. Secondly, she had to fight against TV stereotypes that demeaned women. She established, in the process, shows that highlighted positive family communication. This continues to be the top goal of her TV shows, films, theater plays, radio shows and books. In the picture: Jackie Torres, the only female producer, with Héctor Marcano, Efraín López Neris, and Funky Joe, producing TV show “Marcano…El Show”.
Jackie Torres directed, wrote, and starred in her first theater play at the age of 12. By the age of 16 she had already acted in over a dozen national commercials in Puerto Rico. In the picture, Jackie Torres, Janet Torres, & Nirita Ruiz pose for the “New Era” Commercials for one of the most popular department stores of the 80’s: Barkers.
It was no surprise to Jackie’s close ones when she got a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Theater from the University of Maryland. A Master’s Degree in Communications from the University of Puerto Rico followed. After that, she completed the HB Studios acting program in New York.
The TV world
Soon enough, Jackie became the host of her first TV show, “TVS,” Channel 13, a local cable station in Puerto Rico aired the show. In the picture, Jackie Torres interviews Quito Blanco of Puerto Rican Rock Band Top Banana.
TVS gave Jackie enough exposure to be hired by the top TV Network, Telemundo. There, she produced “Marcano…El Show,” “Con lo que Cuenta este Pais,” “Pequeños…Grandes Lecciones,” and “Videoteces.” All of these shows were among the top ten in ratings and the first two went up to the number one spot.
In the picture, Jackie Torres plays “Martha”, the only known girlfriend of funny character “Israel”, portrayed by Raul Carbonell on TV show “Con lo que cuenta este país.“ Later on, Telemundo Network, brought Jackie to Los Angeles, California, to produce “La Hora Lunática.” It became the first show to win in its time slot over its strongest competitor.
Welcome to the movies!
It did not take long for Jackie to venture into the cinema world. She played the lead roles in Mexican films: “El Güero Estrada,” “La Paloma y el Gavilán,” “Cuatro Meses de Libertad,” and “Clave Secreta,” among others.
Hollywood followed. Jackie Torres has starred in several independent films. Among them: “The Price of the American Dream,” which she also directed and co-wrote. Other movies are: “Domino: Battle of the Bones” with Snoop Dog, “After Words” with Marcia Gay Harden, “Perfect Assassins” with Robert Patrick, “Miss Castaway” with Michael Jackson and many others. On TV she has acted on “Black Monday” for Showtime, “Bosch” for Amazon, “Torchwood” for Starz, “ER” for NBC, “The District” for CBS & several shows for the Discovery Channel and TLC. She has also loaned her voice to “Grand Theft Auto 5”, the highest selling video game in history. Jackie has also hosted and produced the radio show “Revelaciones Proféticas” (Prophetic Revelations). Her latest film will be released by the end of 2022 and is directed by Damien Chazelle.
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