Singer, Actor and Visual Artist who was born on February 11th in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
Currently starring as Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! at the Marquis Theatre, Broadway. The cast is headed by Ana Villafañe, who plays Grammy winner Gloria Estefan. The cast also stars Drama Desk Award winner Andréa Burns (In the Heights) as Gloria’s mother, Gloria Fajardo and Alma Cuervo (Beauty and the Beast) as Gloria’s grandmother, Consuelo. Directed by Jerry Mitchell. Choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo. Book by Golden Globe and Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).
Ektor was also selected by the singer/actress Jennifer López to be one of the lead singers in the USA TV & Live Show Q’Viva! The Chosen, which was seen by over 30 million television viewers, produced by her, in addition to the Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony and the choreographer Jamie King. The show, created by Simon Fuller, was the first of its kind to be broadcasted in the US on both Univision and FOX simultaneously, and was presented LIVE at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas before a public of over 10,000 people.
Ektor was part of the Broadway and Beyond cast, responsible for the opening of the Walt Disney Theater in Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, FL. The show was directed by Richard Jay Alexander and included the participation of Broadway stars as Sierra Boggess, Norm Lewis, Deborah Voigt, Michael Urie, Chris Mann, and Jane Monheit among others.
Since 2014 he is part of a various promotional sketches in the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show for ABC in Hollywood, CA.
Among his leading roles in plays and musicals are: Rent, Hairspray, Godspell, High School Musical, Piaf, Barrio Arriba Barrio Abajo, The Outsiders and The Mousetrap, among others. In TV and film: StartUp, Lucia, Ignacio y otras historias, Nene lindo, Incógnita, Pasión de mil amores, among others. His image has been used in local and international advertising campaigns for mayor brands.
Since 2009, Ektor Rivera has been the host of the Emmy Award Winner TV Show Aventura Científica, Environmental Category, from Sistema TV in Puerto Rico.
As a painter, Ektor holds a Bachelor Degree in Arts, with honors (Magna Cum Laude), on Imaging and Digital Design from the School of Plastic Arts of Puerto Rico. His first art exhibition was in 2005 and his paintings have traveled the world. One of his paintings (“Don Quijote”) made history at the “Miss World International 2010” competition held in Shanghai, China. The same was auctioned during the Charity Gala and it was designated as the piece of art with the highest collections. Art Collectors, politicians and artists such as Alejandro Fernández (international mexican singer), Oliver Stone (director) and Benicio del Toro (actor) have acquired his paintings. He also maintains virtual galleries in the United States, Colombia and Spain. To see more of Ektor Rivera’s art, access: www.EktorRiveraArt.com