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Antonio Sarmiento,

Artistic Director & General Manager
The Cameco Capitol Arts Centre

Antonio Sarmiento

Antonio Sarmiento was born in Bogota, Colombia and attended schools in Spain, Germany and in the United States.  After High school he attended Valley Forge Military Academy & College in Wayne Pennsylvania on a Music Scholarship and graduated as a Master Sergeant with honours and various musical and military commendations including the Alumni Golden Sword.  He has performed at the White House, earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and founded the Academy’s current Theatre Program.  Antonio then attended Fordham University at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre.

After years of working professionally on stage productions, national tours, films and television shows as an actor, singer, instrumentalist, writer, producer, and director, Antonio relocated to Los Angeles and attended the Hollywood Film Institute.  Antonio worked with talent agencies and other businesses until his advanced technical and creative knowledge landed him at NBC/Universal Studios, and then the Universal Music Group.

While working at NBC/Universal, Antonio wrote, produced, directed and edited his first film entitled “The Offering” that visually encapsulated the scope of his talent and abilities to bring ideas to life.

The film drew the attention of Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the SHOAH Visual History Foundation where Antonio served as Head of Production for the final 3-year phase of it’s mission, the dissemination of an Archive of over 52,000 testimonies of the Holocaust.  At the Shoah Foundation, Antonio flourished in creating video, print, and internet productions that have earned awards and praise by the entertainment industry, his fellow colleagues, and Steven Spielberg. His final project for the SHOAH Foundation was producing and directing the first ever online interactive documentary on the Holocaust using over six hours of video. “Surviving Auschwitz” has since been viewed in over 32 countries and continues tracking hits in the millions worldwide and is used by Universities, high schools and organizations around the world.

In 2006, Antonio founded Sarmiento Productions, Inc., a consulting and production firm for film, video, multimedia, and print. SPi served worldwide clients that include Hollywood Studios, Leading Businesses, Non-Profit Organizations, Latino Organizations such as the Latin Business Association and the National Association Of Latino Independent Producers, Political Officials, Feature Films, and Large Corporations.  Antonio has been a lecturer on image branding and technology strategies for Executive MBA programs and businesses at Cal State University and Pepperdine University.  He also co-founded “Celebrity Soul” with Nicole Sherwin, which focusses on spotlighting the philanthropic and charitable work of celebrities around the world.

In 2007, Antonio was invited to The White House along with other Latino professionals who were recognized by President George W. Bush as representatives of the rich and talented Latino Culture in the United States.

In 2009, relocated to Canada after visiting Toronto many times.   He opened an independent production studio in Northumberland County, just 1 hour from downtown Toronto, through which he continued to produce, direct and perform in various types of film, video, stage, television, print, multimedia and internet productions.

In 2011, Antonio became Artistic Director & Managing Partner of the Park Theatre & Performing Arts Centre in Cobourg, Ontario. The Theatre had struggled for decades under various owners.  Antonio took control of the 430-seat theatre and, according to the town of Cobourg, brought it to its most vibrant period ever with no funding or financial support and holding over 300 events in 18 months including: Concerts, Movies, Stage Productions, Comedians, Educational programs and much more.

In 2013, Antonio was named Artistic Director and General Manager of the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre. He is thrilled to be at the helm of Northumberland’s premiere entertainment venue and professional theatre with a dedicated Board of Directors, Staff and over 180 volunteers.   Antonio’s goal is leading the Capitol into a new era of entertainment while embracing its historical status and utilizing cutting-edge technologies to elevate its status among North American Theatres.

2017-2022 Capitol Theatre Strategic Plan

Honors and Awards

2015 Siminovitch Prize Nominee
www.siminovitchprize.com

2014 Excellence in Innovation
Northumberland Chamber of Commerce

2013 Excellence in Local Economic Impact
Northumberland Chamber of Commerce

2012 New Business of the Year – Park Theatre & Performing Arts Centre
Northumberland Chamber of Commerce

2006 Telly Award – “Surviving Auschwitz” Interactive Documentary
Telly Awards

2005 Telly Award – “Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation” Promotional Video
Telly Awards

Canadian Producing & Directing credits include: “The Elephant Man”, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, “The Woman In Black”, “Broadway at the Park Theatre”, “When The Cat’s Away”, “Broadway: The Classics”, “Christmas at the Park Theatre”, “Cinderella! The Panto”, “Driving Miss Daisy”, “Broadway: Andrew Lloyd Webber”, “Disney’s Mary Poppins”, “The Last 5 Years”, “Aladdin! The Panto”, “Christmas Belles 2014”, “On A First Name Basis”, “Shout! The Mod Musical”, “Singin’ In The Rain”, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.”, “SNARL’D! The Rapunzel Panto”, “Christmas Belles 2015”

Upcoming Productions include  , “The Wizard of OZ”, “On Golden Pond”, “Crazy For You”, “Mamma Mia!”, “Snow White! The Panto”, “Capitol Christmas 2016”

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