Sesame Street has announced the addition of a new Hispanic neighbor, Armando. Played by actor Ismael Cruz Cordova, Mando is a Puerto Rican writer, who will be moving into the neighborhood this fall. Ismael was chosen to join the cast after Sesame Street held its first ever open castings. In a statement released by PBS, Ismael says to be incredibly proud to be a part of a show that acknowledges and celebrates diversity so whole-heartedly and he's grateful to have been given the opportunity to represent Latino-Americans on Sesame Street. The new season will have a special focus on Hispanic Heritage with lessons and new songs. Mando is just one of several neighbors who make up Sesame Streets growing bilingual community.