When Jorge Huerta became involved with El Teatro de la Esperanza, Chicano theatre was only beginning to emerge. The famous Teatro Campesino had begun producing short plays about political and social issues confronting Chicanos in 1965, but it wasn’t until much later that theatre practitioners and scholars began paying close attention to their work. Now at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Huerta looks back over the history of Chicano theatre, including his own experience in producing activist work in the 1970s, and provides valuable insights into how theatre by, for, and about the Chicano community has changed over five decades.
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- Read Dr. Huerta’s 2015 HowlRound essay on the legacy of El Teatro Campesino.
- Learn more about El Teatro de la Esperanza in Dr. Huerta’s 2012 speech, “Theatre in the Casa: Back in the Day.”
- Watch Dr. Huerta interview El Teatro Campesino founder Luis Valdez in 1998.
- Learn more about Necessary Theatre: Six Plays About the Chicano Experience, edited by Dr. Huerta.
- Find out more about the companies and productions that Dr. Huerta mentions in the interview, including: