Latina/o Theatre Commons

The Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC), in collaboration with Emerson College’s HowlRound, a commons by and for people who make performance, announces the 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work (Carnaval 2015)  showcasing twelve new works by Latina/o playwrights from across the U.S., July 23-25, 2015 in Chicago.

Carnaval 2015 is produced in association with Teatro Vista and Chicago Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists (ALTA Chicago) and is hosted by The Theatre School at DePaul University. This historic event will take place on July 23-25 at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. Admission to Carnaval 2015 is free but to attend, you must click here to RSVP no later than July 1, 2015. Please join us for three full days of readings, dialogues, panels and networking events celebrating and promoting Latina/o theatre!

As an artist-led event, Carnaval 2015 is uniquely positioned to showcase local and national Latina/o theatre in all its aesthetic and cultural diversity and to propel that work onto stages nationwide. By bringing together artists, producers, scholars, and advocates, Carnaval 2015 will be a catalyst for the creation of new partnerships between small and large institutions and local and national theatre communities in celebration of the diverse voices of the New American Theatre.

The LTC seeks to expand the dialogue around the challenges playwrights, artists, and culturally specific producing organizations face in trying to produce new Latina/o work. Carnaval 2015 will serve as an opportunity for much needed discussions about the state of Latina/o theatre in the twenty first century. 

  • Click here to download the Carnaval 2015 press release announcing the featured plays. 
  • Click here to read everything that has been written about Carnaval 2015 on Cafe Onda. 

2015 Carnaval Registration

Registration is quick and easy! To register, click here and fill out this short form. Within three business days, you'll receive a confirmation email that gives you more details about the event!

2015 Carnaval Accomadations

Aloft Chicago City Center
515 N. Clark
Chicago, IL
Click here to reserve! Guests can also call 1-877-GOALOFT and reference the group (Latina/o Theatre Commons) for the discounted rate.  
Hyatt Place Chicago River North
66 W. Illinois Street
Chicago, IL
Click here to reserve! Guests can also call 1-888-HYATTHP and reference the group for the discounted rate.
These hotels are VERY close to each other and are steps away from the Grand Red Line, which is a twelve minute train ride from DePaul Lincoln Park. 

2015 Carnaval Selected Plays
The following plays and playwrights will receive readings at Carnaval 2015:

Parachute Men
Mando Alvarado (Los Angeles, CA)

Georgina Escobar (New York, NY)

Perfectamente Loca/Perfectly Insane
Magdalena Gomez (Springfield, MA)

the living'life of the daughter mira
Matthew Paul Olmos (New York, NY)

Milta Ortiz (Tucson, AZ)

Swimming While Drowning 
Emilio Rodriguez (Detroit, MI)

Mother Road
Octavio Solis (San Francisco, CA)

Wolf at the Door
Marisela Treviño Orta (San Francisco, CA)

The following plays will be distributed and playwrights will be honored at Carnaval 2015:

Migdalia Cruz (New York, NY)

APPEAL - A New American Musical of Mexican Descent 
Amparo Garcia Crow (Austin, TX)

Siempre Norteada: Always Late, Always Lost
Virginia Grise (New York, NY)

The Sweetheart Deal
Diane Rodriguez (Los Angeles, CA)

Have a question? Contact LTC Producer Abigail Vega via email at

To register, click here

The Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) is a self-organized collective of Latina/o theatremakers and scholars from across the country who have chosen to adopt a commons-based approach to advocate for Latina/o theatre as a vital, significant presence in the not-for-profit theatre sector. We foster emergent national leadership through an organic organizing method of activating our existing networks and expanding our circles of connection. We cultivate our collective wisdom through conscious conversation and conscientious community. All that we do seeks to celebrate diverse connections, honor our past with reflection, and envision our future with optimism and enthusiasm. 

The Latina/o Theatre Commons operates as a collaborative initiative with HowlRound, a commons by and for people who make performance, housed at Emerson College. HowlRound, through Emerson College, acts as fiscal sponsor for the LTC, and provides infrastructure and mentorship to support our growth. In our actions, the LTC espouses the philosophical methods of HowlRound, using a commons-based approach to update the narrative of the American Theatre through advocacy, artmaking, convening, and scholarship.   

  • To download an LTC Information Sheet, click here

Invited at the request of Karen Zacarías, a group of eight Latina/o theatremakers came together in May 2012 under the auspices of HowlRound, and the idea for the LTC was born. That group of eight partnered with HowlRound and other Latina/o theatre communities from around the country and created a dedicated steering committee of over thirty practitioners who worked together to produce the LTC National Convening, which was held in October 2013 at Emerson College in Boston. The National Convening was an incredible experience for all involved, and the LTC self-determined to continue the collective going and began looking ahead to future projects.

The Latina/o Theatre Commons National Convening (was) an extraordinary start to what we hope will be the first of many ongoing conversations about the vibrant, multifaceted and culturally diverse field of U.S. Latina/o theatre at the start of the 21st century.
—Anne García-Romero, Assistant Professor of Theatre, University of Notre Dame

After the 2013 National Convening in Boston, the LTC Steering Committee grew to almost fifty practitioners passionately working on initiatives all over the country. The Steering Committee decided in early 2014 to hire a Producer, and with the help of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was able to hire their first Producer in June 2014. 

Café Onda is the online journal of the LTC. It seeks to expand and extend the dialogue and discourse around Latina/o theatre. Café Onda reflects current practice and trends in Latina/o theatre around the world, and asks: What are our pressing challenges? What are our opportunities? 

Café Onda is crowd-sourced, meaning anyone can pitch to write a piece for it. For more information on writing for Café Onda, click here. Café Onda is governed by an Editorial Board made up of dedicated scholars and theater practitioners from the LTC Steering Committee. 


The 2014 LTC National Convening, November 6-10, 2014 at LATC Encuentro 2014: A National Latina/o Theater Festival - Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), in association with the LTC, presented the 2014 LATC Encuentro, 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 to 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?

The Sol Project Meeting, August 8, 2014 - New York City, NY
The Sol Project, originally envisioned as a multi-year commitment in New York City for the production of Latina/o plays (modeled loosely after 13P), was the first new initiative proposed to the LTC after the National Convening in October 2013. In August 2014, the LTC incubated this idea through hosting a day-long meeting of leading New York City Latina/o theatre artists and scholars. The insights gained from this gathering will nurture the ongoing development of The Sol Project. We worked towards gathering the collective wisdom of the community to answer the question: What does the Latina/o theatre community in New York City need for its continued growth and expansion?

The conversation and planning for The Sol Project has continued past the August 2014 meeting, and has grown into a New York City-based task force behind the project. 

The 2013 LTC National Convening, October 31 - November 2, 2013 - Boston, MA
The first large-scale formal gathering of the Latina/o theatre community since 1986 took place last October 31-November 2, 2013 at Emerson College in  Boston, Massachussets. In partnership with HowlRound, rhe LTC hosted a historical convening of 78 Latina/o actors, directors, producers, playwrights, designers, and scholars representing all regions of the United States. They gathered to explore the history, current challenges, opportunities, and visions for Latina/o theatremakers in the 21st century. Over the course of the convening, those gathered sought to advance the state of Latina/o theatremaking through sharing artistic, organizing, and institutional wisdom. Strategies were identified to seed collaborations and strengthen the burgeoning network of Latina/o theatre artists. 

The convening brought together veteranos, emerging artists, and independent artists, as well as organizationally affiliated practitioners and scholars, illuminating the diversity of the Latina/o experience from across the country. Participants served as delegates of their regions and communities, tracing their roots to many nations, some Spanish speaking and non-Spanish speaking, identifying on the queer spectrum, and embracing Native or African heritages as well. 

  • Download the LTC National Convening press release in English | in Spanish.
  • For the full convening program click here.
  • ​To watch the convening in the HowlRound TV archive or read about it, click here.
  • To read the full narrative report (published in print and e-book), click here

The LTC is committed to radical transparency, knowledge sharing, and making the aggregation and dissemination of that knowledge accessible to all. With the exception of LTC Producer Abigail Vega, all of our active and advisory board members are volunteers and, in the spirit of the Commons, routinely work and advocate for the betterment of the field as a whole—sharing resources and encouraging collaboration to build a better future for all. 

In addition to the LTC Facebook page, we also send out our quarterly email (contact to sign up!). 

STEERING COMMITTEE 2.0 (2014-2015)
Abel Lopez | Gala Theatre
Abigail Vega | LTC Producer & Teatro Luna
Alex Meda | Teatro Luna
Amparo Garcia-Crow | Independent Artist
Anne Garcia-Romero | Playwright/Scholar, Notre Dame
Anthony Rodriguez | Aurora Theatre Company
Armando Huipe | REDCAT & LTA/LA
Beatriz Rizk | Teatro Avante/Scholar
Beto O’Byrne | Playwright, Radical Evolution/Theatre Communications Group
Brian Herrera | Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University
Chantal Rodriguez | Los Angeles Theater Center/Scholar
Daniel Jaquez | Freelance Director
David Lozano | Cara Mia Theatre Company
Georgina Escobar | Playwright
Irma Mayorga | Playwright/Scholar, Dartmouth College
Jesus Reyes | East LA Rep
Jose Carrasquillo | Freelance Director
Jose Luis Valenzuela | Los Angeles Theater Center/Latino Theater Company/UCLA
Juliette Carrillo | Freelance Director
Karen Zacarias | Playwright
Kinan Valdez | El Teatro Campesino
Laurie Woolery | Director/Producer
Lisa Portes | Director, DePaul University
Marc David Pinate | Borderlands Theatre
Mario Ernesto Sanchez | Teatro Avante/Intnl Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami
Marisela Orta | Playwright
Marissa Chibas | Duende CalArts
Mark Valdez | Network of Ensemble Theaters
Olga Sanchez | Milagro
Regina Garcia | Scenic Designer
Rich Perez | Hope College & Chicago Dramatists
Rose Cano | eSe Teatro
Sandra Delgado | Teatro Vista, Collaboraction
Sandra Islas | Latino Producers Action Network
Teresa Marrero | TANTO/University of North Texas, Dallas
Tiffany Ana Lopez | LTA LA & UC Riverside, CA
Tiffany Vega | HI-ARTS
Tlaloc Rivas | Director, University of Iowa
Tony Garcia | Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center

The first LTC Steering and Advisory Committees served from 2012-2013. Download the list of members here.