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Latinx Theatre

Content in this section is created by or highlights the work of Latinx theatremakers from around the world. Start with the Journal series Taking the Temperature about issues facing Latinx theatre artists in the United States, or with the video series Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour. Looking for more? Check out the Latinx Theatre Commons, a national movement to transform the narrative of the American theatre and a flagship program of HowlRound.

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Open Channels: The Journey Begins/Canales Abiertos: La jornada comienza
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Open Channels: The Journey Begins/Canales Abiertos: La jornada comienza
by Mathew Schwarzman, Fátima Patterson , I. Carolina Caballero
29 July 2021
Open Channels / Canales Abiertos 2021
Video
Open Channels / Canales Abiertos 2021
A Caribbean Theatre Workshop from Santiago de Cuba & New Orleans / Canales Abiertos—un Taller de Teatro Popular del Caribe desde Santiago de Cuba y Nueva Orleans
Thursday 8 July 2021
Cuba
Introducing Jacqueline Flores, Our New Latinx Theatre Commons Producer!
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Introducing Jacqueline Flores, Our New Latinx Theatre Commons Producer!
by HowlRound Theatre Commons, Latinx Theatre Commons
9 June 2021
Herbert Siguenza.
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Herbert Siguenza
Video

Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Herbert Siguenza

A Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S.

Monday 1 June 2020
United States

Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Herbert Siguenza livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 1 June 2020 at 3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 20:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 21:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

Martin Zimmerman.
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Martín Zimmerman
Video

Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Martín Zimmerman

A Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S.

Friday 29 May 2020
United States

Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Martín Zimmerman livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 29 May 2020 at 3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 20:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 21:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

Mando Alvarado.
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Mando Alvarado
Video

Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Mando Alvarado

A Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S.

Monday 25 May 2020
United States

Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Mando Alvarado livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 25 May 2020 at 3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 20:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 21:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

Haygen-Brice Walker
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Haygen-Brice Walker
Video

Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Haygen-Brice Walker

A Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S.

Friday 22 May 2020
United States

Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Haygen-Brice Walker livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 22 May 2020 at 3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 20:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 21:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

four actors onstage
This is Not a Rhetorical Question
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This is Not a Rhetorical Question

Neoliberal Identity Politics in Current Casting Practices

21 May 2020

Carmen Aguirre talks identity politics and the casting of Latinx plays in Canada.

Josefina López
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Josefina López
Video

Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Josefina López

A Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S.

Monday 18 May 2020
United States

Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Josefina López livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 18 May 2020 at 3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 20:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 21:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

Charise Castro Smith.
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Charise Castro-Smith
Video

Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Charise Castro-Smith

A Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S.

Saturday 16 May 2020
United States

Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Charise Castro Smith livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 16 May 2020 at 3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 20:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 21:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

José Rivera.
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with José Rivera
Video

Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with José Rivera

A 5-week Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S.

Monday 11 May 2020
United States

Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with José Rivera livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 11 May 2020 at 3pm EDT (New York) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 20:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 21:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

two actors onstage
Who’s Afraid of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz?
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Who’s Afraid of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz?

Transatlantic Performances of Los empeños de una casa (The House of Desires)

11 May 2020

Esther Fernández discusses how the emerging field of transnational studies is illuminating when it comes to early modern Hispanic theatre and uses productions of Sor Juana’s The House of Desires to dive into the topic.

Georgina Escobar.
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Georgina Escobar
Video

Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Georgina Escobar

A 5-week Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S.

Monday 4 May 2020
United States

Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Georgina Escobar livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 4 May 2020 at 4 p.m. EDT (New York) / 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 2 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 1 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 21:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 21:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

Headshot of Christina Quintana​​​​​​​.
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with C.Quintana
Video

Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with C.Quintana

A 5-week Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S.

Monday 27 April 2020
United States

Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with C. Quintana livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 27 April 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 20:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 21:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

colorful globe with arts connect international logo.
Arts Equity Summit 2020: Creating Culture Shifts (ASL & Captioned)
Video

Arts Equity Summit 2020: Creating Culture Shifts (ASL & Captioned)

A Summit for arts & culture leaders committed to building equity

Friday 24 April - Saturday 25 April 2020
Boston, Massachusetts

Arts Connect International presented the Arts Equity Summit livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Friday 24 April to Sunday 26 April 2020.

portrait of alvaro saar rios
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Alvaro Saar Rios
Video

Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Alvaro Saar Rios

A 5-week Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S.

Monday 20 April 2020
United States

Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Alvaro Saar Rios livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 20 April 2020 at 3pm EDT (New York) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

two actors onstage
"Our Voices Are the Future of Theatre"
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"Our Voices Are the Future of Theatre"

An Interview with Seven Latinx Playwrights During COVID-19

16 April 2020

Playwright Herbert Sigüenza talks to seven of his Latinx playwriting friends about how they’ve been affected by COVID-19, writing during this time, the future of Latinx theatre in the United States, and more.

tlaloc rivas headshot with text latinx superfriends playwriting hour
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour
Video

Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour

A 5-week Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S.

Monday 13 April 2020
United States

Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv beginning Monday 13 April 2020 at 3pm EDT (New York) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

two actors onstage
Female Playwrights, Hispanic Comedia
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Female Playwrights, Hispanic Comedia

A Jubilee Primer

16 March 2020

Barbara Fuchs and Rafael Jaime argue that beyond the English-language theatrical canon lies a rich corpus of classical work that remains remarkably hospitable to women, focusing their discussion on two playwrights: Ana Caro and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

three actors onstage, one jumping in the air.
On Bicultural Comedy
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On Bicultural Comedy

An Interview with Herbert Sigüenza

5 January 2020

Matthew McMahan talks to playwright Herbert Siguenza about branching out as a solo writer after years as a member of Culture Clash, writing bilingual comedy, and more.

a person speaking in front of a standing and applauding audience
Building a Future on Our Terms
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Building a Future on Our Terms

The Latinx Theatre Commons Announces Four Years of Programming

17 December 2019

Armando Huipe, new Latinx Theatre Commons producer, announces the next four years of programming which include the Creative Renewal Retreat, a Comedy Carnaval, and furthering the internal work of anti-oppression, coalition building, and combating colorism.

producer logos
The Latinx Theater State of Emergency
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The Latinx Theater State of Emergency

An evening of conversation and excerpts featuring the Latinx Playwrights Circle Intensive Mentorship Finalists

Tuesday 10 December 2019
New York City

Latinx Playwrights Circle and The Sol Project presented the Latinx Theater State of Emergency conversation livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 5 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC-8) / 7 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC-6) / 8 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-5).

poster for Mas Cara.
Performance of Más Cara by Krysta Gonzales
Video

Performance of Más Cara by Krysta Gonzales

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 8 November 2019
Austin, Texas, USA

The VORTEX and Teatro Vivo presented a performance of Más Cara by Krysta Gonzales livestreamed from Austin, Texas on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Friday 8 November 2019 at 6 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 8 p.m. CST (Guatemala City, UTC -6) / 9 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

two graphs: Are at least half the characters specified as females by the playwright. Are at least half of the characters specified as non-white by the playwright?
What Our New Plays Really Look Like
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What Our New Plays Really Look Like

A Statistical Guide to US World Premieres in the 2019–20 Season

21 October 2019

Marshall Botvinick shares the results of the research he undertook about new plays premiering across the United States in the 2019–20 season: who is being produced, what characters are appearing on stage, and what forms and themes are common.

oregon shakespeare festival black text
Working From Home / Trabajando Desde Casa
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Working From Home / Trabajando Desde Casa

Five Migrant Artists Talk About Working & Writing in America & Ashland at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Sunday 29 September 2019
Ashland, Oregon

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Working From Home / Trabajando Desde Casa: Five Migrant Artists Talk About Working & Writing in America & Ashland livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Sunday 29 September 2019 at 10 a.m. PDT (Portland, UTC-7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

two panelists seated in front an audience
Curating Freedom and Power for Women of Color in Leadership
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Curating Freedom and Power for Women of Color in Leadership

26 September 2019

Linda Parris Bailey and Diane Rodriguez talk about their own leadership transitions and what’s next, gender, race, and economic barriers; documenting work; and more.

three groups sitting in circles
La Complejidad De Mi Ciudad
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La Complejidad De Mi Ciudad

A Report on the LTC Miami in Motion Convening

19 September 2019

Carl(os) Roa reflects on the 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Miami Regional Convening, which took place between 12 and 14 July.

four actors onstage
"We’ve Got to Protect Our Art"
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"We’ve Got to Protect Our Art"

Celebrating the Artistic Journeys of Two Latino Playwrights

18 September 2019

Luis Alfaro and Herbert Sigüenza talk about their experience in the National Playwright Residency Program, learning about the inner workings of theatre companies, portraying Latinx people in a positive light, the importance of comedy, and more.