Rick Najera

Rick Najera

CBS Director of Diversity Program

California born Rick Najera started his artistic career as an actor. He is an award-winning actor-writer-director-producer with credits in film, television, theatre and Broadway. Realizing there were few roles for him to play, he took matters into his own hands and started writing his way into Hollywood, and landed his first big writing gig on In Living Color.

Najera made his Broadway debut in 2005 with his award-winning sketch comedy show, Latinologues (TM), the longest running and only showcase of its kind for Latinos in America. Najera penned the holiday film Nothing Like the Holidays starring Debra Messing, Alfred Molina and John Leguizamo, which won him an Alma Award. He was also honored with two WGA nominations for his writing on MADtv. Najera has been honored twice as 100 Most Influential Latinos in America along with several other awards.

Rick Najera’s fourth book was released in 2013, Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood garnering a press tour and five-star reviews on Amazon.com. Rick Najera is the director of the annual CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase going on 12 years. He is the writer of the multi-Emmy nominated Hulu original series, East Los High and producer of talk show, Latino Thought Makers.

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The CBS’ Sketch Comedy and Character Development Workshop (Premium Workshop)

Collaborate #2

Join Rick in his sketch comedy workshop developed at CBS Studios. Learn from an expert writer from IN LIVING COLOR and MADTV on how characters are developed and how you can be apart of the vision and collaboration. Class limited to 16 students; per-registration required.

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The CBS’ Sketch Comedy and Character Development Workshop (Premium Workshop)

Collaborate #2

Join Rick in his sketch comedy workshop developed at CBS Studios. Learn from an expert writer from IN LIVING COLOR and MADTV on how characters are developed and how you can be apart of the vision and collaboration. Class limited to 16 students; per-registration required.

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The Business of Acting (Open Panel Discussion)

Inspire #2

Moderated by Jeffrey Weissman. A panel discussion that explores the business of acting with industry professionals. Panelists include: Karthyn Howell, President of San-Francisco – Northern California Local of SAG-AFTRA Bob Stewart, Now Casting & iActing Studios Matthew Barry, Talent Manager & Audition Specialist Rick Najera, CBS’ Director of the Diversity Program

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The CBS’ Sketch Comedy and Character Development Workshop (Premium Workshop)

Synergy #4

Join Rick in his sketch comedy workshop developed at CBS Studios. Learn from an expert writer from IN LIVING COLOR and MADTV on how characters are developed and how you can be apart of the vision and collaboration. Class limited to 16 students; per-registration required.

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An Actor’s Journey (Open Panel Discussion)

The Courtyard

Moderated by Anita Argent. Panel discussion and networking. Panelists include: Louis Mandylor, Dominique Swain, Kirk Baltz, Jeffrey Weissman, and Rick Najera.  

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