Latina/o Theatre Commons

 

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

The Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) is a growing network, a forward-thinking movement, and a digital workspace made up of passionate Latina/o theatremakers and scholars from across the country. The LTC is 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. W e 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.

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 through advocacy, artmaking, convening, and scholarship.

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 an LTC Information Sheet, click here. 


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. 

PAST PROJECTS

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.

 

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED IN THE LTC?
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. 

STAY IN THE LOOP!
In addition to the LTC Facebook page, we also send out our quarterly email (contact abigail@howlround.com 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.