The Hollywood Academy of Performing Arts is home of the unique Acting technique “The Art of Thinking”. This technique is the core study of the program, also taught in several of America’s top Universities and applied by “A” list actors. 

“The Art of Thinking” entails sequences of analysis and exercises that study the process of thinking. The subtext must be organic and continuously flowing. It must give birth to text and movement unexpectedly. It explores the importance of being present in this reality and applying the same principle to an imaginary world. A full description and explanation of how the unconscious of a character must be created using “The Four databases of information”.


Once our students are fully present and have the ability to think organically between the lines, “The Art of Thinking” will be applied to the rest of the existing techniques – Stanislavsky, Grotowsky, Meinsner, Adler, Linklater, etc. Furthermore, the students get to study different types of Text and Dialogue – Classic, Absurd, Contemporary, TV, Film, Solo Performance, Novels, Poetry and/or a different text from the mother tongue. Finally, different forms of drama and expression are applied to modern performance such as Clown, Taichi, Yoga, Free Play, Commedia dell’ arte, etc.

Our Associates

Academic Associations

HAPA has enjoyed a cooperative relationship with the University of La Salle providing classroom facilitates to HAPA. In return, HAPA has brought hundreds of students to the university’s campus in Bolivia. HAPA also has received significant support from the University of Southern California which provides graduating international students a waived application fee

to the acting program at USC.

Learn more: University of Southern California
Learn more: Universidad La Salle Bolivia

Hollywood Fringe

As part of the "On Stage" experience, the Hollywood Academy of Performing Arts has become an official associate to the most important theatre festival in Los Angeles the "Hollywood Fringe".  Students will have the opportunity to share their work with the community.

Learn more: Hollywood Fringe

New Filmmakers Los Ángeles

The Hollywood Academy of Performing Arts has become a member of New Filmmakers Los Angeles. Students will be able to attend monthly film festivals, red carpets, and screenings of documentaries, short and feature films that have been submitted from all over the world. Every event will host a Q&A with the emerging filmmakers around the world. This joint venture also includes an after-party invitation where HAPA students can connect with filmmakers, talent, and industry professionals.

Learn more: New Filmmakers Los Ángeles


Reynaldo Pacheco
CEO & Founder

Reynaldo Pacheco has quickly become the latest Ethnically ambiguous star in Hollywood. He has received massive critical acclaim and an Imagen Award Nomination for his touching breakthrough role in "Our Brand Is Crisis"; starring opposite Sandra Bullock / Billy Bob Thornton and produced by George Clooney / Grant Heslov. Reynaldo's past credits include a lead role in "Without Men", opposite Eva Longoria, Kate del Castillo, and Judy Reyes. He also starred in "The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez" opposite the legendary Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine, and had a supporting role in "Beginners", opposite Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer in Plummer's Academy Award-winning performance. 


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Alejandra Pacheco
Executive Director & Founder

Alejandra studied at the ¨Universidad Privada Boliviana¨ where she received her Bachelors in Corporate Communication and Marketing. In 2015, two years after founding HAPA, she moved to the United Kingdom to complete her master’s degree in Global Media Management at the University of Southampton. In 2017, Alejandra worked for a globally recognized UK-Charity called ¨One Young World¨. She had the opportunity to work with global humanitarian leaders such as Kofi Annan, Jérome Jarre, Muhammad Yunus among others. Alejandra has performed in several theatre musicals such as Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Chicago and Hairspray. Alejandra has been the lead actor in many national commercials such as Pepsi, Viva, Tigo, Banco Union and Boliviana Ciacruz.


Operations Managers

Timothy Marc Hopper

Timothy Marc Hopper is a Marine veteran with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film/Theatre from the California Institute of the Arts. He is an alumni of the Groundlings Comedy Improv school and currently, he works with Sony Pictures Entertainment in their Current TV Programming department. He also volunteers with the Veterans in Media and Entertainment (VME) curating top veteran applicants for highly competitive internships and fellowships within the entertainment industry, along with developing and organizing their events, workshops, and guest speakers. Additionally, Timothy attends UCLA in pursuit of a Business & Management of Entertainment Certificate and simultaneously is finishing up a Masters of Fine Arts: Screenwriting degree. 

Rachel Applebom

Rachel is a multi-faceted teacher and performer with an M.F.A. in acting from USC and a B.A. in Biology from Cornell University.  She is currently employed as an actress (SAG & EMC), puppeteer/ puppet wrangler (The Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow-Season 2), and pianist (The Queen Mary).  Recent TV credits include The Last Ship, Stevie TV, The Good Season, The Eric Andre Show, and  Just Seen It. She also has an extensive improv and sketch background with training at UCB, and Puppet Up! (Brian Henson's improv troupe) and having performed for several years with The Second City. 

As a teacher with over 15 years of, Rachel works to help actors reach their peak potential by expanding their physical, emotional, and cerebral knowledge/range of the craft- she is particularly skilled at identifying students' various learning styles and working with them to develop their own approach and process to scene work and character creation.


Silvia Alejandra Aguilar

Psychologist graduated from the UMSS, specialized in Organizational Psychology, Senior Consultant in Personnel Selection, Facilitator in experiential workshops and personal growth programs, a Post-graduate teacher in the organizational area and Operation Manager in Cochabamba, from 2013 start of operations of the Hollywood Academy of Performing Arts in Bolivia.


Natalia Camacho

Graduated from the Hollywood Academy of Performing Arts. Actress and Bachelor of Social Communication Sciences. “Drácula” (Bram Stoker), “Show de Alcantarilla” (Scarlet Rodriguez), “Ansia de Sarah Kayne”, “12 hombres sin piedad de Reginald Rose y Stabat Mater” (Camila Rocha). Production and Casting in advertising spots and movies.