“A formidable actress.” –Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
ESPADAPR IVONNE COLL “A formidable actress.” –Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Award winning actress Ivonne Coll is a TV, film and theater actress born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Her film debut as the “redheaded Yolanda” in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather II made her an international star and one of the first Puertorican actresses to cross over from the Latin world to Hollywood. She has shared the big screen with award winning actors such as Al Pacino, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Dennis Hopper, Andy Garcia and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Her award-winning weekly variety show UNA CHICA LLAMADA. IVONNE COLL was created for her by radio and TV broadcasting pioneer Rafael Perez Perry owner of the Teleonce Network. After representing Puerto Rico in the Miss Universe Pageant, the show provided the perfect opportunity to showcase her many talents which included singing, dancing and acting, with looks evocative of the legendary Rita Hayworth. She trained in drama directly with Lee Strassberg, comedy with Lucille Ball and music theater with David Craig. In 1972 she performed as the star of the USO Tour Puerto Rico Sings for the troops stationed in Vietnam.
On Broadway, she has starred and performed alongside luminaries such as Katie Bates and Jane Alexander in Goodbye Fidel and played the role of Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet and Rosalind in As You Like It for Joseph Papp's Shakespeare on Broadway directed by Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons. She also starred in the Tony nominated Chronicle of a Death Foretold to great reviews. In 2006 she was cast as the lead in Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Tony Award winning La Jolla Playhouse, a vivid revival directed by Obie Award-winner Lisa Peterson. Her performance of Mother Courage won her a Best Actress Nomination by the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle.
Ivonne Coll received the ACE Award by the NY Hispanic Media for her performance in Orinoco with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. In 2008 she won Best Actress at the Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival for De Pura Cepa directed by Javier Colón. She is also the recipient of the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Performance by the San Diego Critics Circle for Adoration of the Old Woman written with her in mind by Academy Award nominated writer Jose Rivera. In her debut performance at The Goodman Theater she was nominated by the Actor' Equity Association for a Jefferson Award as Best Supporting Actress in Luis Alfaros' ELECTRICIDAD. She also won the prestigious Agueybana' de Oro as Best Supporting Actress in Puerto Rico for her performance in Telemundos' highly rated soap, CORALITO.
Television credits include Nip Tuck, An American Family, Six Feet Under, NYPD Blue, The Practice, Heroes, Crossing Jordan, Judging Amy, Saturday Night Live, Cold Case, Joan of Arcadia, LA LAW, Wings, Without a Trace and CSI. She has also joined the cast of the hit TV show Glee on Fox. In 2012 she shared the big screen with Nicole Kidman and Clive Owens on HBO's Hemingway & Gelhorn. Most recently she starred on Counterpunch released by Lionsgate and Endgame, a film by Carmen Marron. Coll is recurring on ABC Family's hit show Switched at Birth in the role of Adriana as well as on MTV's Teen Wolf where she plays Araya a werewolf hunter. In the summer of 2013 Coll directed Garbo's Cuban Lover, LA WEEKLY'S CRITICS PICK at the Macha Theater in West Hollywood. ##.