Stage and film actress and director Carolina Hoyos was born in Washington, DC. and raised in nearby Fairfax, Virginia. Her childhood as a competitive classical concert pianist and elementary school chorus accompanist was enriched with acting and directing after she played a ship captain in her 1st grade play. Her days quickly filled up with local commercials and theater as well as hosting and performing on DC/MD/VA cable access show “U.S. Kids”. While in her 1st year studying theater at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC, she launched her TV career on “MTV Hits”, appearing on the pop culture talk show for 3 seasons.
Carolina’s latest screen work includes starring roles in the Jason Brown Lewis sitcom pilot “The Gym” alongside Quinton Aaron of “The Blind Side” and Native American LGBT family drama “Polar Sun” by Katie Doane Avery. She also appears in A24’s “Under The Silver Lake”, “Foreign Land” and “Bruising For Besos” as well as short films “Exotica”, “The Gig Is Up” and “America Will Be.”
Carolina’s originated the historical role of Seen By Her Nation in post punk western musical “Sitting Bull’s Last Waltz”, a benefit for Standing Rock with musical direction by Gregg Foreman of Cat Power. Previous work includes lead roles in the premiere of Jimi Hendrix play “Jimi’sthesia”, award winning play “Reeling” by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse and Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz play “Hortensia & the Museum of Dreams”. Carolina also played Justin Timberlake in “Jimmy and Justin Play” and made cameos in the reality series “Gene Simmons: Family Jewels” and Pharrell Williams’s music video for Oscar-Nominated song “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”. She is a current member of Artist Ensemble Native Voices and sketch troupes Nightpantz and The Mayflower Welcoming Committee. Carolina and Nightpantz are regularly featured on Upworthy, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Comedy Cake and Funny or Die. They were responsible for three of five nominated sketches in The WhoHaHa Comedy Awards, taking home the top prize for Best Original Sketch.
Carolina is also a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. As an actor, Carolina is often typecast as the musician and/or homeless streetwise girl, often featuring her own music and weathered clothing from her life on the road. Carolina’s former band, Morgan Ave, appeared in the films “13 Going on 30″ with Jennifer Garner and “Shooting Livien” with Dominic Monaghan. Another former band, Two Birds, was scouted at their 1st show to appear in a Motorola Rokr ad campaign.
Carolina has shared the stage with Eddie Van Halen, Ryan Adams, and members of Guns N’ Roses. “I’ll Find the Time”, a song from her current project, A Girl I Know, is featured in the film “Bruising For Besos” and hip-hop collaboration “The Difference” with Mr Ra and DJ Caspr is featured alongside Justin Timberlake and 50 Cent on the Zoo York E.S.T. 4.0 skate video soundtrack. Another single, “Bang Bang Bang”, features Jeremiah Bitsui who played Victor in the groundbreaking series “Breaking Bad”. Carolina directed the video for “Bang Bang Bang” and a remix of the song has spawned 50 fan video game edits on YouTube totaling 400K+ views.
Carolina often makes time for her favorite charities. She regularly performs bedside for cancer treatment patients with Musicians On Call, for homeless veterans at PATH and patients living with HIV/AIDS through LIFEbeat’s Hearts & Voices Program. She played football in the inaugural Alzheimer’s Association’s Blondes vs Brunettes game and performed at fund raisers for The Autism Society, UCLA American Indian Alumnae Scholarship fund, a Women’s Rights concert to benefit Multiple Sclerosis, A Very Jaggered XMAS to benefit the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Celebrate Life for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and at the Breast Cancer Race for the Cure. As a teenager, along with her now deceased Mother, she hosted and performed at fund raisers for the Beatriz Mujica Scholarship Fund, named after her late Grandmother, who worked tirelessly with inner-city youth at the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC.