Keynote Speaker

Luis Salgado

Luis Salgado, Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony Keynote SpeakerEugenio María de Hostos Community College is pleased to announce the Keynote Speaker for its 48th Commencement is Luis Salgado, an international director, choreographer, and educator known for his work as the Latin Assistant Choreographer of the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights, and most recently was seen on the Broadway stage in the Gloria Estefan Musical On Your Feet!

Luis has performed on Broadway in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, ROCKY, and In The Heights, as well as in Off Broadway shows and Broadway tryouts; The Mambo KingsFame on 42nd Street, and Aida, among others. Film credits include American GangsterDirty Dancing 2, the remake of Dirty Dancing for TVEnchanted, and Step Up 2: The Streets. He both performed in and served as assistant to the choreographers of Enchanted and Step Up 2.

Luis has directed/choreographed productions in and out of the United States, including Amigo Duende The Musical, Bountiful, Song of SolomonCandela Fuerza y Pasión in Lima PerúTo Be or Not To Be and, most recently, RAGTIME at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center.

In 2017, he directed and choreographed the U.S. premier of the Spanish version of In The Heights in Washington D.C., which received 18 nominations for the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards, including Best Musical, Best direction, and Best Choreography.

He is the founding director of R. Evolución Latina, an affiliate of the non-profit organization Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Through R. Evolución Latina, Luis empowers the Latino community to discover its full potential. Throughout his career, he has worked as a teacher, affecting the lives of thousands of young artists by providing them with the tools to grow and to use their art to create social change. In April of this year, Luis devised a performance piece with a group of NYC artists and the class of adult performers from Latin America, To Be or Not To BeA Shakespearean Experience, that explored what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S.