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Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee Convening

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Boston, Massachusetts, 22-23 March 2013

The first gathering of the newly formed Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee took place 22–23 March 2013. Born out of a meeting in Washington, DC the previous year, this committee met with the express purpose to plan a national convening of 70-90 Latinx theatre artists in the fall of 2013. That national gathering would officially launch the Latinx Theatre Commons, a national movement that uses a commons-based approach to transform the narrative of the American theatre, to amplify the visibility of Latinx performance making, and to champion equity through advocacy, art making, convening, and scholarship.

“Latino/a” “highlights the globalization of the US Latino/a community and mirrors the fact that life in the US is now an intercultural reality.” —Anne Garcia-Romero

Read about the very first gathering

 

The group that gathered included: Christopher Acebo, Kevin Becerra, Juliette Carrillo, Anne García-Romero, Tlaloc Rivas, Tanya Saracho, Tony Sonero, Enrique Urueta, Kinan Valdez, Clyde Valentín, José Luis Valenzuela, Patricia Ybarra, and Karen ZacarÍas

This planning session started with the articulated goal of creating a concrete plan and action steps for moving forward with the Latinx Theatre Commons national gathering in the Fall of 2013, including: confirmed dates for the event, a list of invitees, an outreach plan, a fundraising action plan, and a basic design for the event itself. The conversation was rooted in a desire to be inclusive of all efforts to advance Latinx theatre around the country, whether or not the champions and artists are specifically tied to this steering committee.

Learn about what happened next

Stylized handwritten notes reading variously: Unpack Latino?, validation: inviting people from different regions to choose their identification; ownership; What is a champion?

Notes from this meeting