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Participate in the Latina/o Theatre Commons National Convening in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami & New York City

From October 31-November 2nd, HowlRound, in partnership with the Latina/o Theatre Commons will host the largest formal gathering of Latina/o theatremakers since 1986 at Emerson College. This national gathering will be livestreamed on HowlRound TV at howlround.tv. For the full streaming schedule, review the program here.

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In addition to web streaming the convening, the Latina/o Theatre Commons has organized five satellite sites in cities around the country: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. These satellite sites will gather Latina/o theatremakers from their community to videoconference via Skype to watch the Plenary session Saturday morning, and for a special convening session on Saturday, November 2nd from12:45pm-2:00pm EDT. This session will feature reports from each region about the ongoing Latina/o theatre initiatives as well as cross country conversation. If you live in one of these communities, consider participating at the satellite site! Find information below:

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Where: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60601.
When: Saturday, November 2nd 10am-4pm CDT
To RSVP and for questions, contact: Sindy Castro via email at sindyisabelcastro@teatroluna.org.
Note: After the virtual session, participants will continue the local conversation that afternoon. There also may be gatherings planned for Thursday, October 31st and Friday, November 1st at a different location. Visit the Teatro Luna website for updates regarding the events.

DALLAS, TEXAS
Where: Home of Frida Lozano, Dallas, Texas 75231
When: Saturday, November 2nd beginning at 11am CDT.
To RSVP and for questions, contact: Frida Lozano at frida@caramiatheatre.org

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Where: The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), 514 S. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90013.
When: Saturday, November 2nd beginning at 9am PDT.
To RSVP and for questions, contact: Armando Huipe at armandohuipe@gmail.com.
Note: There are several well-lit, security patrolled parking facilities are situated within one block of the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Parking generally costs between $5-$10.

MIAMI, FLORIDA
Where: Teatro Prometeo, Miami Dade College, 300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
When: Friday, November 1st 11:00am-6:30pm EDT and Saturday, November 2nd 9:00am-6:00pm EDT.
To RSVP and for questions, contact: Joann Maria Yarrow at jyarrow@mdc.edu.
Note: Translation service will be provided on Saturday, November 2
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NEW YORK CITY
Where: Hi-ARTS, 304 E. 100th Street at Second Avenue, New York, NY 10029
When: Saturday, November 2nd beginning at 9am EDT.
To RSVP and for questions, contact: Beto O’Byrne at betoobyrne@gmail.com.

Special thanks to everyone who has helped organize these satellite sites!

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The Latina/o Theatre Commons sounds like a fantastic and exciting opportunity. I'm really looking forward to it. I took a look at the Final Program and was astounded and perplexed that for the Participant Demographics "family's national origin" section that Dominican Republic was not listed as one of the countries. Italy was but not Dominican Republic?

This lack of representation made me scratch my head. There are no Dominicans participating in this conference? If so, why not? Was it that no Dominican theater professionals were available? Or is that no Dominican theater professionals were approached?

Dear Paola,

Thank you for your comment. There were many factors in reaching out to many different theater professionals from across the country. From demographics, to regions, to early-mid-late career artists, we solicited and reached out to as broad spectrum as possible.

The survey from participants included a self-identification. So if an artist did not self-identify as specifically 'Dominican', then that's what we had to take into the equation. The other missing component is that there were more than a dozen artists who could not attend because of timing and/or conflicts. I know for certain that we reached out to more than a few Dominican theater artists. To give another example, we had also invited several artists from the San Francisco Bay Area, but only a few were able to attend.

One of the wonderful things about 'Latinidad' is that despite the fact we are an identity that is made up a lot of different cultures and people from many different "racial makeups", Latina/os do not come from all the same place. Our needs, concerns, expectations, and how we identify ourselves are not always the same. This is a challenge, and something we will continue to strive for when it comes to inclusion of our ever complex shared stories and experiences.

-Tlaloc RivasEditor, Cafe OndaCo-Chair, The Latina/o Theatre Commons

Clyde and Tlaloc,

Thanks so very much for taking the time out of your very busy schedules to reply to my completely random question. I knew it was the first and not the latter. But I felt that I needed to pose the question just because of my extreme curiosity.

Bravo on all the hard work you have both put in and the team you built to bring this amazing conference to life. It is long past over due. It absolutely delights me to know that there will be a weekend dedicated to tackling the greatness, wonder, and sometimes chaotic world of Latina(o)s in theater.

What most impresses me is the diversity among those participating. As you both pointed out more than being one voice we are so many and the line up reflects that.

Clyde you're my hero and I know for a fact that you always represent the very best. Thanks so much for constantly fostering community and discussions about the future of theater in our hoods and in the world at large.

Very much looking forward to the conference.

You guys rock!

Best wishes!

Paola,

I appreciate what Tlaloc had to say as our Co-Chair.

As a member of the Steering Committee, I know for a fact we did our best to be inclusive as possible, and like you, I was pretty damned shocked not a see one Domincana/o on the list of self-identified folks.

From the beginning, I took inclusion to heart, as I feel I do my best to always do, but I also accepted from jump we were not going to cover all the bases because its almost an impossible task.

I also know there is going to be a growing opportunity for participation as the conversation continues and I hope you stay in touch with the Commons as things move forward. Trust me, there are going to be multiple access points moving forward.

Lastly, know I got your back mi hermana, I always do.

Warmest Regards,
Clyde