Latina/o Theatre Commons


What is the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC)?

The Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) in partnership with HowlRound is a national movement that uses a commons-based approach to transform the narrative of the American theater, to amplify the visibility of Latina/o performance making, and to champion equity through advocacy, art making, convening, and scholarship.

Our values include Service, Radical Inclusion, Transparency, Legacy & Leadership Cultivation, and Advancement of the Art Form.

El Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) en asociación con HowlRound es un movimiento nacional que utiliza el principio de la autoformación colectiva con el fin de transformar la narrativa del teatro estadounidense a través de las producciones artísticas de Latinas/os, la equidad por medio del apoyo, la creación artística, las reuniones, y la erudición.

What is the LTC Steering Committee?

The actions of the LTC are championed by a volunteer Steering Committee made up of passionate Latina/o theatremakers and scholars from across the country.  The LTC Steering Committee a self-organized collective that has chosen to adopt a commons-based approach to advocate for Latina/o theatre as a vital, significant presence in the New American Theatre. We foster emergent national leadership through an organic organizing method of activating our networks and expanding our circles of connection. We seek to celebrate diverse connections, honor our past with reflection, and envision our future with optimism and enthusiasm.

We are always looking for leaders in the Latina/o theatre who want to lend their talents, time, efforts, and contacts to further the mission of the LTC. We accept new Steering Committee members every six months. If you are interested in joining the Steering Committee, check out our Get Involved page to the right.

The LTC operates as a collaborative initiative with HowlRound, a knowledge commons by and for the theatre community, 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, and works to promote a commons-based approach to update the narrative of the American theatre.

How did the LTC form?

In May 2012 at Arena Stage, a group of eight Latina/o theatremakers (now known affectionately as the “ DC 8”) led by Karen Zacarías came together under the auspices of what is now HowlRound and the idea for the LTC was born. That group partnered with Latina/o theatre communities from across the country to create a dedicated steering committee of over thirty practitioners who worked together to produce the first LTC National Convening, held in October 2013 at Emerson College in Boston. The National Convening was an historic event and an invaluable experience, and the LTC self-determined to continue and began looking ahead to future projects. After the 2013 National Convening in Boston, the LTC Steering Committee grew to almost fifty practitioners passionately working on initiatives all over the country.

Through collective efforts and a dedication to the commons-based approach, the LTC has been able to reach our goals of promoting the breadth of Latina/o theatre across the nation and re-imagining the American dramatic narrative.    

To download a 2015 LTC Information Sheet, click here

To see a list of the 2015-2016 Steering & Advisory Committees, click here