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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.

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Livestreaming a Convening: Canales Abiertos / Open Channels
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Livestreaming a Convening: Canales Abiertos / Open Channels
Un Taller de Teatro Popular del Caribe desde Santiago de Cuba y Nueva Orleans / A Caribbean Theatre Workshop from Santiago de Cuba & New Orleans
Saturday 9 July 2022
Santiago de Cuba
Why Comedy? Why Now?: On the 2022 Latinx Theatre Commons Comedy Carnaval
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Why Comedy? Why Now?: On the 2022 Latinx Theatre Commons Comedy Carnaval
by Trevor Boffone
23 June 2022
Best Medicine: Why We Need the 2022 LTC Comedy Carnaval
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Best Medicine: Why We Need the 2022 LTC Comedy Carnaval
by Amelia Acosta Powell
9 June 2022
A Few Considerations When Programming Bilingual Theatre
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A Few Considerations When Programming Bilingual Theatre

23 May 2017

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez discusses the rise of bilingual, Latinx plays produced in Seattle, Washington, advocating for hiring bilingual, Latinx artists involved in the programming and decision-making for these shows.

Soy Yo: When Geography, Identity, and Artistry Collide
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Soy Yo: When Geography, Identity, and Artistry Collide

Saturday 29 April 2017
Ashland, OR, United States

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon presented the panel Soy Yo: When Geography, Identity, and Artistry Collide livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 29 April at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

 

The Smallest Theatre in the World
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The Smallest Theatre in the World

An Interview with Caja lambe-lambe artist Gabriela Céspedes / El Teatro Más Pequeño del Mundo: Una entrevista con la artista de caja lambe-lambe Gabriela Céspedes

29 April 2017

Puppeteer Cecilia Cackley interviews Gabriela Céspedes, a leading caja lambe-lambe puppet artist based in Argentina.

Pedagogy Notebook
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Pedagogy Notebook

Responding to LGBT Homelessness in Emilio Rodriguez’s Swimming While Drowning

24 April 2017

Trevor Boffone writes about teaching Emilio Rodriguez’s Swimming While Drowning in an Intro to LGBT Studies class at the University of Houston.

Afro Blue, un homenaje
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Afro Blue, un homenaje

A Room of My Own

11 April 2017

In this third installment, Jadele McPherson discusses how artists (both past and present) influence each other across the African diaspora, and advocates for more contemporary artists to acknowledge their ancestors.

Reviving Zoot Suit in the Time of Trump
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Reviving Zoot Suit in the Time of Trump

11 April 2017

Carlos Morton discusses the latest revival of Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit, examining its production history and corresponding socio-political events.

La Esquinita
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La Esquinita

Jesse Portillo

29 March 2017

In this installment, Lighting Designer Jesse Portillo discusses his background, design process, and work with a couple Utah theatre companies.

Festival Noon Conversation with Tiffany Ana López: “The Past is Always Present: Luis Alfaro as a Citizen Artist”
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Festival Noon Conversation with Tiffany Ana López: “The Past is Always Present: Luis Alfaro as a Citizen Artist”

Saturday 4 March 2017
Portland, OR, United States

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival presented “The Past is Always Present: Luis Alfaro as a Citizen Artist”, a Festival Noon Conversation with Tiffany Ana López livestreamed on the global, commons-based HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Saturday 4 March at 12 p.m. PST (Portland) / 2 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 3 p.m. EST (New York).

Theatre History Podcast # 22
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Theatre History Podcast # 22

Dr. Mac Test’s New Translation of La monja alfèrez

13 February 2017

Michael Lueger talks with Dr. Mac Test about his new translation of La monja alfèrez, or The Lieutenant Nun.

Ignited
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Ignited

El Payaso in Flint

2 February 2017

Olga Sanchez on the writing and production process of El Payaso by Emilio Rodriguez at Milagro Theatre in Portland, OR.

Pedagogy Notebook
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Pedagogy Notebook

Student Performances in the Introductory Latinx Literature Classroom

29 January 2017

Professor Adrianna M. Santos writes about assigning a performance project to the undergrads in her Latina/o Literature survey class.

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Toward Inclusivity
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Toward Inclusivity

A message from the LTC

18 January 2017

The LTC steering committee announces a name change to the Latina/o Theatre Commons. 

The Latin America Today Conversations 
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The Latin America Today Conversations 

Tuesday 17 January and Thursday 19 January 2017
Santiago, Chile

Santiago a Mil International Festival 2017 in Santiago, Chile presented two conversations during its presenters' week with the theme of Latin America Today livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Tuesday 17 January and Thursday 19 January. On Twitter, follow @HowlRoundTV and @fundteatroamil, and use hashtags #STGOaMIL#cafeonda, and #howlround.

New York’s Trinity of Latinx Theatres
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New York’s Trinity of Latinx Theatres

INTAR, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre/Pregones, and Repertorio Español

17 December 2016

Trevor Boffone, Maria Enriquez, and Oscar Franco, reflect on the 2016 Latinx Theatre Commons New York City Convening. 

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The 2016 Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) New York City Convening
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The 2016 Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) New York City Convening

3 December 2016
New York City, NY, United States

The Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) presented the 2016 LTC New York City Convening, celebrating the vibrant history and exciting future of Latinx theatre in NYC, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 1 December to Saturday 3 December 2016. Use #LTCnewyorkcity and #cafeonda to be a part of the conversation.

Honoring Luis Valdez
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Honoring Luis Valdez

2 December 2016

Jose Delgado celebrates Luis Valdez being awarded the National Medal of Arts and reflects on the work they've done together.

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A Snapshot of Latinx Theatre in NYC
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A Snapshot of Latinx Theatre in NYC

28 November 2016

The Café Onda Editorial Board and New York City theatremakers talk about the Big Apple’s landscape of Latina/o/x theatre, in anticipation of the Latinx Theatre Commons’ New York City Regional Convening.

Free Tickets for Community College Students, Part 2
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Free Tickets for Community College Students, Part 2

16 November 2016

In this second installment, Daphnie Sicre closes her discussion on theatres that offer free, or discounted tickets to college students, and offers creative ways to engage these students.

Interview with Liza Ann Acosta
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Interview with Liza Ann Acosta

13 November 2016

An interview with Liza Ann Acosta, resident dramaturg at Urban Theater Company, about her recent work on three Puerto Rican plays.

Interview with Herbert Sigüenza
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Interview with Herbert Sigüenza

10 November 2016

Dramaturg Maria Patrice Amon interviews Playwright Herbert Sigüenza about his comic influences, and Manifest Destinitis, his adaptation of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid.

Ignited
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Ignited

Interview with Ricardo Gutiérrez

6 November 2016

Laura Lodewyck interviews director Ricardo Gutiérrez about his production of Mando Alvarado’s Parachute Men, produced at Teatro Vista as part of the LTC’s El Fuego initiative.

Match Our Mountains
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Match Our Mountains

5 November 2016

Keynote speech delivered by Diane Rodriguez at the Theatre Bay Area Conference on 3 April 2016.

The Sacred Theatre of Barrio Stories
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The Sacred Theatre of Barrio Stories

4 November 2016

Director Marc David Pinate discusses his process for Barrio Stories, reflecting on how the production is an example of sacred theatre.

“Pushing Buttons, Pushing Boundaries”
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“Pushing Buttons, Pushing Boundaries”

A Roundtable of Latinx Theatre Scholars

1 November 2016

Carla Della Gatta reports on the second Latina/o Studies Association Conference, sharing insight on conversations on Latinx theatre history and practices within US scholarship.

Theatre History Podcast # 11
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Theatre History Podcast # 11

“You Don’t Read Latino”: Discussing the History of Latinx Casting with Brian Eugenio Herrera

31 October 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Brian Herrera about contemporary and historical conversations around casting Latinx characters and actors.