Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Los Angeles, California, Edwin A. Santos is an award winning creative professional both as an SAG/AFTRA actor and a producer.
Edwin has studied Method Acting with the Odyssey Theatre’s Beth Hogan. He was trained both at Weist-Barron-Hill and long form improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB). He has performed in theatre and independent films since. He wrote and performed sketches with the University of Iowa’s famed No Shame Theatre (Los Angeles Chapter) at the Powerhouse Theater from 2006 to 2009 and with his sketch comedy team, Oi! Oi! Oi! at iO West’s Saturday night headlining shows in 2013.
In 1998, Edwin created the concept Beyond The 4th Wall: An Acting Seminar for Filipino American Actors (original title), a panel discussion and networking seminar for young actors to avoid the pitfalls of the entertainment industry while shining a spotlight on Filipino talent in Hollywood and the world today. Implemented in 2015, four years with FilAm Creative and one year with the Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival, Edwin booked Vincent Rodriguez III (The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Manny Jacinto (NBC’s The Good Place), Nico Santos (Crazy Rich Asians, NBC’s Superstore), Ginger Gonzaga (film: Ted; HBO’s Togetherness, ABC’s Mixology), Angela Relucio (CBS’ Code Black, History Channel’s Six), Reggie Lee (film: The Fast & The Furious; NBC’s Grimm), Aina Dumlao (CBS’ MacGyver, HBO’s Ballers), Tess Paras (The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, NBC’s Grimm), Bernardo Bernardo (City After Dark, Imbisibol), Ruben Maria Soriquez (Dolce Amore, Of Sinners and Saints), Eugene Cordero (Warner Brothers’ Kong: Skull Island), Jon Jon Briones (FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) and Ellen D. Williams (FX’s Baskets) as well as casting directors, talent agents and talent managers; all who represent the craft of acting across the board, as special his guest panelists. His Filipino American Hollywood Actors Panel will continue on into 2019.
After a few years as an actor, Edwin delved into producing in 2001. With five feature length films released domestically and internationally in theaters and digital video streaming platforms, Soap Girl won Best Feature Film in the Asian American Category at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival in 2002 and Mad Cowgirl starring Sarah Lassez, James Duval, Devon Odessa and Walter Koenig won Best Feature Film and Best Performance Award at the Silver Lake Film Festival in 2006. He was a production executive for Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance starring Bai Ling and Tommy Wiseau released theatrically and digitally in 2015 and currently streaming as Revenge of the Samurai Cop at Amazon Prime Video.
From 2008 to 2009, he was the line producer and videographer for the online new media weekly episodic web series, Flipped Switch. It featured exclusive interviews with Hollywood celebrities such as John Cho, Lynn Chen, Bobby Lee, Randy Couture, Stephen Chow, Apl.de.ap, Mark Dacascos, Michelle Krusiec, Michael Yo, Karina Smirnoff, Alice Braga, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini as well as sketch comedy vignettes with the show’s in-house Filipino and Asian American cast. In 2015, he wrote and produced the sketch comedy A Getting Laid Getaway for Funny Or Die. And, from 2016 to 2017, he executive produced two seasons of FAC: Behind-The-Scenes episodic web series on YouTube. The series featured interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage with special guests and young FilAm filmmakers.
As a writer and blogger, Edwin interviewed Ray Utarnachitt (executive story editor and writer of the CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Mark V. Lágrimas (producer, They’re Watching), Jonathan Wandag (composer, They’re Watching) and Kris Wolf (professional wrestler). He wrote recaps, reviews and op-eds about Filipino Americans working in entertainment today for FilAm Creative’s blog site. One of his op-eds titled, Self Acceptance vs. Self Denial: This Is My Filipino American Story went viral and was shared by many. Most notably, the Filipino American National Historical Society in Seattle and Asian American Life in New York. When he handled its social media, Edwin expanded the organization’s reach when it garnered 34.3k interactions/shares a week from its: Facebook Page (1.8k followers), Facebook Group (1.0k members), Twitter (1.1k followers), its Blog which reaches 134 countries with 400 views a week, and its Instagram account (600+ followers).
By day, Edwin works in social media marketing while producing feature films for Cinema Epoch, a U.S based film distribution and production company specializing in international cinema thru Entertainment One (eOne). With his handling of its social media, Edwin has expanded the organization’s reach: its Facebook Page (5.4k followers), its Twitter (2.2k followers) and its YouTube (2.3k followers). Cinema Epoch’s 2018 trailer for Girl Lost has reached over one million views!
He previously worked behind-the-scenes at E! Entertainment, Comcast Entertainment Group, Crest Digital and Mark Massari Productions’ Real Stories of the Highway Patrol.
With a Bachelor-In-Arts Degree in Radio, Television & Film from California-State University, Northridge along with his ongoing support for the creative and visual arts, Edwin was an honorary recipient of the Catherine Clymer Scholarship Award from the Alliance for Women in Media as well as an honorary recipient of the Educational Equity Award for Outstanding Service presented by the School of Cinema & Television Arts of California-State University, Northridge.
Giving back to the next generation of creative individuals, he has donated to the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication of California-State University, Northridge, to The Clubhouse, a nonprofit, volunteer-run comedy venue for improv, sketch, variety shows and classes in Hollywood, California and to Asian AF’s Filipino AF comedy show at UCB Sunset.
Edwin was an active member with the following organizations:
With FilAm Creative since 2011. Became an active member from 2015 to 2018: Vice President of Content in 2015, Director of Content Production in 2016, a liaison with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival from 2015 to 2017, Producer for FAC Networks on YouTube from 2015 to 2017, writer, interviewer, blogger and online press for its blogsite from 2015 to 2018. Produced his actors panel from 2015 to 2018.
With the Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival’s Film Selection Committee as well as the Program Curator of the Filmmakers, Actors and Screenwriters Panel Discussions in 2017.
With Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) from 1998 to 1999.
With the Southern California Chapter of the Alliance for Women in Media from 1992 to 1996 with various event committees. He created the themed event, Night and Day: The 1993 Industry Awards.
Edwin is a 4th generation direct descendant of Marcela Mariño Agoncillo, the principle seamstress who sewed the first Philippine Flag, in accordance with General Emilio Aguinaldo’s design which later became the Official Flag of the Philippines.
Currently, Edwin is attached to produce the Filipino American crime drama, Lolo Pepe and the greenlit PBS reality docudrama, Slam School for Pinoywood Entertainment.