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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.

The Latest

Announcing the 2023 LTC Designer and Director Colaboratorio!
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Announcing the 2023 LTC Designer and Director Colaboratorio!
by Latinx Theatre Commons
5 December 2022
Rejecting Local and National Borders in La Carpa De La Frontera
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Rejecting Local and National Borders in La Carpa De La Frontera
by Maria Patrice Amon
3 October 2022
Shakespeare in Gdansk: A Vessel for Past, Present, and Future
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Shakespeare in Gdansk: A Vessel for Past, Present, and Future
by Monica Payne
29 September 2022
Georgina Escobar.
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Georgina Escobar
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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).

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Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with C.Quintana
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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).

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

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Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Alvaro Saar Rios
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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).

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"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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Performance of Más Cara by Krysta Gonzales
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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).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

an actor onstage
We Have Suffered Enough
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We Have Suffered Enough

The Cost of Performing Trauma for Women of Color

12 September 2019

Melisa Pereyra talks about how suffering goes hand in hand with being a woman of color actor, how trauma is held in the body, and how audiences react when stories lack grief.

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Turning Medea into a Telenovela
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Turning Medea into a Telenovela

Melodrama and Luis Alfaro’s Mojada

5 September 2019

Juan Recondo looks at Luis Alfaro’s reimaging of Euripides’s Medea, in which the title character is a Mexican undocumented immigrant who arrived in New York after facing the horrors of the border.

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Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws
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Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws

Melinda Lopez’s Yerma

31 July 2019

Shari Caplan discusses the Huntington Theatre’s production of Yerma.

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A performance of The Canción Cannibal Cabaret
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A performance of The Canción Cannibal Cabaret

at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio, Texas

Saturday 27 July 2019
San Antonio, Texas

Aztlan Libre Press in San Antonio, Texas presented a performance of The Canción Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs by award-winning author and performance poet Amalia Leticia Ortiz, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Saturday 27 July at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York) / 03:00 UTC+0.

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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights

Octavio Solis

16 July 2019

Todd London celebrates one of the most prolific and prominent Latino playwrights in America, Octavio Solis.

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Miami in Motion
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Miami in Motion

The 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Miami Regional Convening

Friday 12 July - Sunday 14 July 2019
Miami, Florida

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented Miami in Motion: The 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Miami Regional Convening livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network from Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July 2019.

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A Look at Independent Theatres in Mexico
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A Look at Independent Theatres in Mexico

Un vistazo a las salas de teatro independiente en México

3 July 2019

Mariela López talks about her research on independent theatres across Mexico, including the challenges, the benefits, and recommendations for anyone wanting to create a company. / Mariela López nos habla de su investigación sobre los teatros independientes en México, incluyendo los desafíos, los beneficios y recomendaciones para cualquiera que quiera crear uno.

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Toward a More Inclusive Theatre Curriculum
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Toward a More Inclusive Theatre Curriculum

Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater

2 June 2019

Trevor Boffone, Teresa Marrero, and Chantal Rodriguez, co-editors of Encuentro, talk about the content of the book and how it can be used as an educational resource.

actors onstage
Discovering Your Authentic Voice As a Playwright
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Discovering Your Authentic Voice As a Playwright

19 May 2019

Herbert Siguenza, co-founder of the Latino performance troupe Culture Clash, talks about his unconventional writing path, his time working with the collective, and finding his unique voice.