Originally from McAllen, Texas, Ernie holds a Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University. In New York City he is trained by the world renowned  Brad Calcaterra at The Studio. His ability to flip from unconventional leading man to extreme character actor has allowed him to play a broad range of roles. With a soaring tenor and an articulate rapping talent he has the ability to tell stories that showcase his huge heart and demonstrate human growth and creativity.

With a career spanning from Broadway, National Tours and Regional Theaters all over the U.S. he continues to bring stories to audiences all over the country.

“Ernie Pruneda has an appealing mix of childlike hope and adult concern as Usnavi, a young man forced to grow up too fast. And his diction on Miranda’s wordplay is impeccable.”  – Orlando Sentinel (In the Heights Orlando Shakes)

“Pruneda was a delight to watch, being skilled at entertaining and exciting the crowd, especially in the energetic musical number, “Trashin’ the Camp.” -UTBA (TARZAN at Tuacahn)

“The golden-voiced Ernie Pruneda…” -Austin Chronicle (Into the Woods)