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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

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
Celebrating the Spirit in Intimacy Work
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Celebrating the Spirit in Intimacy Work
A Conversation with Cha Ramos
by Ann James, Cristina (Cha) Ramos
2 September 2022
Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés 2019-2020
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Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés 2019-2020

23 May 2018

Announcing the Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés initiative, a year-long event to raise awareness of Maria Irene Fornés’s impact on theatre and preserve the legacy of her work.

How R.Evolución Latina is Reinventing the Bard
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How R.Evolución Latina is Reinventing the Bard

21 May 2018

Jose Solís explores R.Evolución Latina’s production To Be or Not to Be, the culminating project of the company’s spring 2018 workshop, which brought Latinx artists from all over to New York to create a piece based on Shakespeare’s texts.

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. 

Reflections from the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium
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Reflections from the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium

30 April 2018

Trevor Boffone, Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Georgina Escobar, and Lauren Villegas reflect on the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Symposium on 14 April 2018 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Women Directors on Fornés as Director panel
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Women Directors on Fornés as Director panel

Sunday 15 April 2018
New York City, NY, United States

New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts presented the panel Women Directors on Fornés as a Director at the Colloquium on María Irene Fornés in New York livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 15 April at 4 p.m. EDT (New York) / 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. EDT (San Francisco).

Performance of A Tale of Two Tricksters
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Performance of A Tale of Two Tricksters

Pregones Theater

Saturday, April 14, 2018
The Bronx, NY & Anchorage, Alaska, United States

The fifth season of Artspace’s Art Bridge program culminated in Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and Alaska Native Heritage Center presenting an experimental workshop performance of A Tale of Two Tricksters, livestreamed from the The Bronx in New York City and Anchorage, Alaska on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv. Tune in Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -3) / 5 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 4 p.m. AKDT (Anchorage, UTC -8).

María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium
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María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium

Friday 13 April & Saturday 14 April 2018
Princeton, NJ, United States

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented the María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 13 April and Saturday 14 April. Follow @HowlRound on Twitter for updates, and use #howlround and #FornesLTC18.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

María Irene Fornés

10 April 2018

Todd London celebrates playwright María Irene Fornés.

Coming Full Circle
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Coming Full Circle

The 2017 LTC International Convening

21 December 2017

Carla Della Gatta and Marci R. McMahon look back on the 2017 Encuentro de las Américas International Theatre Festival that took place 2-12 November at the Latino Theatre Center in Los Angeles, California.

How to Launch a Latinx New Play Festival
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How to Launch a Latinx New Play Festival

20 December 2017

Maria Patrice Amon describes how she developed and produced San Diego Repertory Theatre’s first Latinx New Play Festival. 

Estamos Juntos / We are Together
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Estamos Juntos / We are Together

Report-Outs from the Latinx Theatre Commons International Convening

20 November 2017

Olga Sanchez reflects on Day Four of the Encuentro de las Américas International Convening on 12 November, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

2017 Encuentro de las Américas Devised Performances
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2017 Encuentro de las Américas Devised Performances

Sunday 19 November 2017
Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Los Angeles Theatre Center presented the 2017 Encuentro de las Américas Devised Performances livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 19 November 2017 at 9 a.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 11 a.m. CST (Chicago) / 12 p.m. EST (New York).

Encuentro de las Américas Manifesto / El manifiesto del Encuentro de las Américas 
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Encuentro de las Américas Manifesto / El manifiesto del Encuentro de las Américas 

13 November 2017

Jose Luis Valenzuela delivers an Encuentro de las Américas Manifesto as a part of the 2017 Latinx Theatre Commons International Convening in Los Angeles, California.

The Circle Then, The Circle Now
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The Circle Then, The Circle Now

The Latinx Theatre Commons at Four Years

12 November 2017

An overview of the history and progression of the Latinx Theatre Commons by Brian Herrera, as the LTC enters its fifth year of cross-cultural collaboration and lifting up and strengthening Latinx and Latin American Theatre.

2017 Latinx Theatre Commons International Convening at the Encuentro de las Américas Festival
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2017 Latinx Theatre Commons International Convening at the Encuentro de las Américas Festival

Thursday 9 November to Sunday 12 November
Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented the 2017 LTC International Convening livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 9 November to Sunday 12 November. In Twitter, search @howlround and#LTCenc17.

Undocumented Stories Have Always Mattered / Las Historias Sobre Los Indocumentados Siempre Han Importado
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Undocumented Stories Have Always Mattered / Las Historias Sobre Los Indocumentados Siempre Han Importado

15 October 2017

A conversation between Alex Alpharaoh, David Lozano, and Karen Zacarías about the inspiration for and impact of their works that center the stories of people who are undocumented.

A Chicana Heroine Redirects El Movimiento
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A Chicana Heroine Redirects El Movimiento

12 October 2017

Marci McMahon reflects on how Diane Rodriguez’s The Sweetheart Deal breaks gendered stereotypes about the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and ’70s. 

The Composition of Latinx Aesthetics
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The Composition of Latinx Aesthetics

23 August 2017

Georgina Escobar reflects on the past four years of Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) convenings, and developing an understanding of “Latinx aesthetics.”

How a Commons Becomes a Selection Committee
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How a Commons Becomes a Selection Committee

2017 Encuentro de las Américas / Cómo un 'Commons' se convierte en un comité de selección: 2017 Encuentro de las Américas

1 August 2017

Abigail Vega writes about the process for choosing shows for the 2017 Encuentro de las Américas festival. / Abigail Vega escribe sobre el proceso de selección de obras para el festival Encuentro de las Américas 2017.

Ignited
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Ignited

Healing Activist Trauma in Su Teatro’s Production of Milta Ortiz’s Más

29 July 2017

Marci R. McMahon shares Su Teatro's production of the docudrama Más, a piece where teachers, students, and community members are trying to keep the Mexican American Studies program alive in Tuscon.

Creating a Digital Archive of Latinx Playwriting
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Creating a Digital Archive of Latinx Playwriting

26 July 2017

Trevor Boffone, the creator of the 50 Playwrights Project, a digital archive of interviews with Latinx playwrights, discusses how he founded the website and what’s he’s learned since the project launch.

Simply María
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Simply María

Audience Development and Community Based Theatre

13 July 2017

Carlos Morton on the revival of Simply María, or The American Dream by Josefina López in Los Angeles.

A Conversation with Saudade Theatre Artistic Directors Filipe Valle Costa and Diogo Martins
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A Conversation with Saudade Theatre Artistic Directors Filipe Valle Costa and Diogo Martins

23 June 2017

Elaine Avila talks with Saudade Theatre Artistic Directors Filipe Valle Costa and Diogo Martins about their work. 

A Different Romeo & Juliet—A Year Later
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A Different Romeo & Juliet—A Year Later

17 June 2017

In the last installment of the series, Briandaniel Oglesby reflects on his queer adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and advocates for more queer-centered theatre made with and for young people.

Gardens Bloom, Cultures Clash
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Gardens Bloom, Cultures Clash

Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías

15 June 2017

Trevor Boffone looks at the provocation of Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías in Houston and the conversations it’s starting about Latinx theatre.