Latina/o Theatre Commons

 

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THE LATINA|O THEATRE COMMONS 2013 NATIONAL CONVENING: A NARRATIVE REPORT, by Brian Eugenio Herrera, is now available!

This book offers a detailed and accessible narrative account of what happened at the 2013 LTC National Convening, which was held October 31‐November 2, 2013 at Emerson College in Boston, hosted by HowlRound. In the first large‐scale formal gathering of the Latina/o theatre community since 1986, the convening brought over seventy‐five Latina/o actors, directors, producers, playwrights, designers, and scholars representing all regions of the United States together to explore the history, current challenges, opportunities, and visions for Latina/o theatre‐makers in the 21st century. 

The book is available in paperback for $15 on the HowlRound Store site as well as on Amazon. Additionally, it is available as an ebook (for free) on howlround.com and at both the Apple iBookstore and Amazon Kindle Store (for $1.00). Bulk orders are available by calling 617‐824‐3018.

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, articulate, driven Latina/o theatremakers and scholars from across the country. The LTC is a self-organized collective who has 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. The four key prioroties of the LTC are: Advocacy, Art-MakingConvening/Networking, and Scholarship, and all that we do seeks to celebrate diverse connections, honor our past with reflection, and envision our future with optimism and enthusiasm. Infrastructure for the LTC is provided by HowlRound: a commons by and for people who make performance, based at Emerson College. To download a September 2014 LTC Info Sheet in a .pdf, click here

HOW DID THE LTC FORM?
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. With the addition of full time staff member, the LTC will be able to reach their goals of promoting the breadth of Latina/o theatres across the nation and re-imagining the American dramatic narrative.

CURRENT LTC PROJECTS

The 2015 LTC Carnaval of New Latina/o Work, July 23-25, 2015 - Chicago, IL

The 2015 LTC Carnaval of New Latina/o Theatre is a showcase of new work by Latina/o playwrights and theatremakers in the United States. Produced in association with Teatro Vista and the Chicago Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists (ALTA) and hosted by The Theatre School at DePaul University, the Carnaval will take place in Chicago on July 23­-25, 2015. The Carnaval will feature readings of eight new works by Latina/o playwrights selected from nearly 100 submissions (gathered through a national open call) for their excellence, thematic diversity, and craft. The Carnaval will also introduce a national audience to Chicago’s vibrant Latina/o theatre community by curating three nights of Chicago Latina/o theatre and featuring Chicago Latina/o actors, directors, and theatre leaders in every aspect of the festival. Through the Carnaval, the LTC will make visible the wealth of talent within the Latina/o community and seek to ensure its future visibility on the local, regional, and national levels. More information, including event registration, a list of selected plays, programming and hotel listings, are coming soon!

Café Onda: The Online Journal of the LTC
Café Onda is the online journal of the LTC, hosted on HowlRound, that seeks to expand and extend the national dialogue and discourse around Latina/o theatre. All articles, blog posts, and newcrit reviews are pitched and written by you for you. Like HowlRound, Café Onda uses a commons-based approach to increase the effective use of resources and to democratize access, which means that anyone can submit a pitch for consideration. All writers are paid for their contribution. The Editorial Board, made up of dedicated scholars and theater practitioners from the LTC Steering Committee, are committed to providing a safe, crowd-sourced space for online dialogue and discussions around the topic of Latina/o theatre. For more information on writing for Café Onda, click here. To see what has already been published on Café Onda, click here. To submit a pitch, e-mail us at cafeonda@howlround.com. Café Onda is a reflection of opinions and current trends in the field and is constantly bringing new definitions to the questions: What Latina/o theatre is happening around the country? And what are the pressing challenges and opportunities that need to be discussed?

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 will work 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. Email abigail@howlround.com to get involved! 

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.

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!). Guidelines for new LTC Steering Committee membership will be published in Winter 2014. 

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.