Arlene Martínez-Vázquez

Theatre director, translator, educator and administrator with over fifteen years in the field.

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez holds a BA in Theatre, Hispano American Literature, and Foreign Languages from the University of Puerto Rico; and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University, London. While in London, she studied Meyerhold & Biomechanics at GITIS Academy in Moscow and Theatre of the East at the Indonesian Arts Institute in Bali. She also collaborated with CASA Latin American Theatre Festival during its first two years, and was a visiting lecturer at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, England & Mahidol University, Thailand. Since moving to Seattle in 2009, she has worked as a director with renowned organizations such as Book-It Repertory Theatre, Cornish College of the Arts, and Intiman Theatre. Arlene is a proud member of the steering committee of the Latinx Theatre Commons and is currently serving as Education Director for Seattle Repertory Theatre.

A Few Considerations When Programming Bilingual Theatre
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A Few Considerations When Programming Bilingual Theatre

23 May 2017

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez discusses the rise of bilingual, Latinx plays produced in Seattle, Washington, advocating for hiring bilingual, Latinx artists involved in the programming and decision-making for these shows.

Vietgone, Hamilton, and the Decolonization of American Theatre
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Vietgone, Hamilton, and the Decolonization of American Theatre

15 March 2017

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez looks at how colonization impacts her view of Hamilton and Vietgone.

#LTCseattle
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#LTCseattle

Connecting past and present to build towards the future

23 May 2016

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez reflects on the Latina/o Theatre Commons’ Pacific Northwest convening, and the action steps that came out of it.

Que Onda? with Arlene Martínez
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Que Onda? with Arlene Martínez

30 March 2016

Maria Enriquez interviews Arlene Martínez about her career and the Latina/o theatre scene in Seattle, WA.

Universality in Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
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Universality in Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar

Does the Intent Justify the Impact?

9 March 2016

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez calls out the racism of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, the most widely produced play of 2015 in America.