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Lisa Portes

Lisa Portes is a Cuban-American director and educator who serves as the head of Directing at The Theatre School at DePaul University and artistic director of Chicago Playworks for Young Audiences. Recent credits include: Night Over Erzinga by Adriana Sevahn-Nichols (Silk Road Rising), Ghostwritten (Goodman Theatre), After a Hundred Years (Guthrie Theatre), and Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West by Naomi Iizuka (TimeLine Theatre), Highway 47 by KJ Sanchez (Yo Solo, H.E.R.E), Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Teatro Vista and Steppenwolf Theatre). She lives in Chicago with her husband, Carlos Murillo and their children, Eva Rose and Carlos Alejandro.

 

Celebration, Abundance, and ConeXion
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Celebration, Abundance, and ConeXion

Welcome to the Carnaval of New Latinx Work

19 July 2018

Lisa Portes' remarks from the opening of the Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval of New Latinx Work in Chicago, Illinois. 

ConeXión! The LTC Announces Twenty-four New Latinx Plays as Finalists for Carnaval 2018
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ConeXión! The LTC Announces Twenty-four New Latinx Plays as Finalists for Carnaval 2018

3 May 2018

Announcing the twenty-four finalists for the 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work, which will be held 19-21 July 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. 

Confessions of a Convert
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Confessions of a Convert

22 August 2015

Lisa Portes on the power of shared leadership and collective action as embodied by the Latina/o Theatre Commons.

Carnaval 2015 Opening Remarks
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Carnaval 2015 Opening Remarks

24 July 2015

Lisa Portes, P. Carl, and José Luis Valenzuela offer opening remarks on Carnaval 2015 at the Theatre School at DePaul University.

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A Roll Call of New Latina/o Plays

29 April 2015

The twelve plays to be showcased at Carnaval 2015 are just the tip of the iceberg. The totality of the plays submitted for consideration represents the depth and breadth of artistic ambition within the Latina/o theatremaking community.

Cultivating Artistic Curiosity
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Cultivating Artistic Curiosity

22 July 2014

In this installment, Lisa Portes reflects on her experience at the TCG Conference and ponders how artistic curiosity can influence a "polycultural American theatre."

Towards a Hub for Latina/o Theater Artists
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Towards a Hub for Latina/o Theater Artists

1 November 2013

In 2004 and 2005, two seminal Latino/a theatre incubators closed down. Since then, we’ve started to say our dreams aloud of find a new supports and a new hub.