2014 LTC National Convening at Encuentro 2014–Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), in association with the LTC, presented the 2014 LATC Encuentro: A National Latina/o Theatre Festival, from October 12-November 10, 2014. Encuentro translates to “an encounter,” a theme that was a core component of this groundbreaking festival, which was also the largest national Latina/o theatre festival in over twenty-five years. The Encuentro explored the multi-faceted Latina/o experience on stage by featuring Pulitzer Prize winning plays, English and Spanish language productions, devised theatre, experimental work, ensemble-based, and solo shows. In addition to presenting their work to the public, artists worked together during the month-long residency sharing creative methodologies in artistic workshops that culminated in a public performance of the co-created new works.

On the final weekend of the Encuentro, the LTC Steering Committee gathered in Los Angeles for the 2014 LTC Second National Convening attend the performances, engage in discussions about art-making and aesthetics, and attend the first in-person LTC Steering Committee 2.0 meeting. Through these five days of convening, the LTC Steering Committee sought an answer to the core question of the Encuentro itself:  What is the state of Latina/o Theatre today?