Photo Credit: James Krigsmann
Sonia is a first-generation American of Latino descent.
Born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, she has become an
influential and positive role model for millions of
children since the 1970's, when she was offered an
opportunity to join the ethnically expanding production of
Sonia's family moved to the South Bronx, where she lived
most of her childhood. Her involvement in the arts was
inspired by junior high school teachers who recognized her
talents and encouraged her to audition for the High School
of Performing Arts. She was accepted there and began her
career as an actress.
A scholarship took her to Carnegie-Mellon University in
Pittsburgh, and in her junior year, she came to New York to
star in the original production of the off-Broadway show
GODSPELL. Within a year Sonia was cast as "Maria" on SESAME
STREET. After ten years as an actress, Sonia began writing
scripts for the series and has shared fourteen Emmy Awards
to date as part of the SESAME STREET writing staff. She
most enjoyed assisting the development of the plot-line for
the relationship and eventual marriage to "Luis" (Emilio
Delgado) and the birth of their TV daughter, "Gabriela"
(portrayed for short time by her real-life daughter). She
recently had the pleasure of writing for the Peabody Award
winning children's series, LITTLE BILL, for Nickelodeon.
Sonia also wrote a parenting column for the Sesame Workshop
web-site called "TALKING OUTLOUD" which can be visited at
She was delighted to return to the New York stage in the
critically acclaimed "VAGINA MONOLOGUES" in the summer of
2002 and in the Drama Desk winning play "THE EXONERATED."
Sonia has recieved awards from the Association of Hispanic
Arts, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington DC,
The National Hispanic Media Coalition, The Committee for
Hispanic Children and Families and the Hispanic Heritage
Award for Education in 2003. She is proud to be currently
featured in the Learning Leaders (volunteers helping
students succeed) poster, designed to encourage reading in
NYC public schools.
Sonia was twice nominated for an Emmy Award as "Outstanding
Performer in a Children's Series".
She has served on the March Of Dimes Board, and the board
of the George Foster Peabody Awards. She is proud to
currently serve on the board of Symphony Space, a New York
City theatrical institution.
Simon & Schuster will be publishing her first picture
book "No Dogs Allowed!" in April 2004.
Manzano has a licensing company called the Three Amigas.
Latest products are tableware from Sakura and a line of
girls clothing called Hola Bebe manufactured by the Mayfair
Ms. Manzano resides in the Upper West Side with her husband
Books:The Revolution Of Evelyn Serrano, September 2012
A Box Full of Kittens, June 2007
No Dogs Allowed, March 2004