El Taller Latino Americano 215 E. 99th Street, New York, NY 10029
(212) 665-9460

Taller People

Bernardo PalomboBernardo Palombo is the founder and Artistic Director of El Taller Latino Americano™. He began the Workshop in 1979 in a small space on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which has since moved to its current location at 215 East 99th Street in East Harlem, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

Born in Mendoza, Argentina, Palombo achieved his first musical success at the age of 17 when his song "Vendimiador" was recorded by the legendary Argentinean vocal group, Los Trovadores, and became an immediate and long-lasting hit. He moved to New York City in 1969 and continued to write songs that have been recorded by some of the best-known exponents of Latin music in New York and Nueva Canción in South America including Mercedes Sosa, Philip Glass, Conjunto Libre and Lucecita Benitez. Palombo also became a musical consultant and composer for film and television, involving himself in such diverse and innovative projects as the Lucas/Coppola production of Powaqqatsi, the film Americas in Transition and the PBS show Sesame Street, who have featured some of his Spanish language songs.

Bernardo's musical background and 30+ years of teaching inspired the development of El Taller's unique acoustic based language programs for adults and children. Prior to founding El Taller, Bernardo taught at the New School, Sarah Lawrence, Yeshiva University and the United Nations School. But it is at El Taller that his vision for language education flourished. In recognition of his unique contribution to the education and the arts, Bernardo received the Independent Educator's Award from Teachers College at Columbia University and numerous grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Meet some of the staff and other teachers who are important parts of the El Taller family:

Board of Directors:

Bernardo Palombo
Andrea Arroyo
Stephen Brown
Mick Minard
Carmen Rivera-Tirado
Renée Typaldos

Administrative & Creative Staff:

  • Bernardo Palombo — Founder, Artistic Director, Director of the Houses of Music and Language
  • Jennifer Pliego — Deputy Director, Director of the House of Art
  • Dena Fisher — Director of Programs and Community Outreach
  • Wendy Escobar — Operations Manager
  • Alexandra CastaƱo — Teaching Coordinator
  • Miguel Rivera — Office Coordinator


  • Yrma Arias — Salsa
  • Libia Gil (Colombia) — Spanish
  • Indiana Bervis (Nicaragua) — Spanish for Children (Art)
  • Linda Marcos (Guatemala) — Spanish for Children (Art)
  • David Guzman (Colombia) — Spanish for Children (Music - Lead)
  • Bernardo Palombo (Argentina) — Spanish
  • Emma Smoluchowski (U.S.) — Spanish for Children (Art)
  • Yolanda Torres (Dominican Republic) — Spanish

Casa México:

  • Isabel Navarro — Founder & President
  • Carlos Navarro — Executive Director
  • Terry Romero — Founder & Vice-President
  • Raul Perez — Music Teacher

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