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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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Rejecting Local and National Borders in La Carpa De La Frontera
Essay
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
Essay
Shakespeare in Gdansk: A Vessel for Past, Present, and Future
by Monica Payne
29 September 2022
Celebrating the Spirit in Intimacy Work
Essay
Celebrating the Spirit in Intimacy Work
A Conversation with Cha Ramos
by Ann James, Cristina (Cha) Ramos
2 September 2022
The Latinx Theatre Commons' Peter Zeisler Memorial Award Acceptance Speech
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The Latinx Theatre Commons' Peter Zeisler Memorial Award Acceptance Speech

14 June 2017

The Latinx Theatre Commons receives the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award.

Les Productions Ondinnok
Essay

Les Productions Ondinnok

On the Experience of Making Indigenous Theatre in Quebec, Canada / Les Productions Ondinnok: Sobre la Experiencia de Hacer Teatro Indígena en Quebec en Canadá

11 June 2017

In this installment, Choreographer Carlos Rivera talks about indigenous theatre in Quebec, highlighting the work of Yves Sioui Durand and Catherine Juntas of Les Productions Ondinnok.

Equity, Equality, and the Need for Evolution
Essay

Equity, Equality, and the Need for Evolution

The state of funding for Latinx Theatre Companies in the City of Angels

7 June 2017

In this first installment of a three-part series, Armando Molina writes about funding for theatres in Los Angeles, California.

A Few Considerations When Programming Bilingual Theatre
Essay

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
Video

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
Essay

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
Essay

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”
Video

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
Podcast

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
Essay

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
Essay

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.

Collage of theatre artists gathering and speaking at the From Scarcity to Abundance convening.
Toward Inclusivity
Essay

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 
Video

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. 

Collage of theatre artists gathering and speaking at the From Scarcity to Abundance convening.
The 2016 Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) New York City Convening
Video

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
Essay

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.

Collage of theatre artists gathering and speaking at the From Scarcity to Abundance convening.
A Snapshot of Latinx Theatre in NYC
Essay

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
Essay

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.