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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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Re:Encuentro 2021
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Re:Encuentro 2021
A National Latina/o/x Virtual Theatre Festival Celebrating Contemporary Latina/o/x Theatre In the US
Monday 15 November to Saturday 20 November 2021
United States
The Refusal to be Disappeared: Lukas Avendaño’s Xibalbay
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The Refusal to be Disappeared: Lukas Avendaño’s Xibalbay
by María Regina Firmino-Castillo
28 October 2021
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
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
Podcast

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.

Better Up
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Better Up

"Aquatic Thought" and Reflections on a Fornesian Playwriting Workshop

29 October 2016

Kevin Howard wraps up the Better Up series, sharing his thoughts on a Fornesian writing workshop, and the piece he created in it.

Better Up
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Better Up

Fur Cornell Box—The Process

29 October 2016

Enrique Granado continues the Better Up Cafe Onda series, describing his process for creating a Cornell box about Migdalia Cruz's Fur.

Better Up
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Better Up

Gray, a Sexual POV

28 October 2016

Jose Rodriguez continues the Better Up Cafe Onda series, expressing his feelings about a Latino Theatre Topics course at the University of North Texas.

Better Up
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Better Up

Discovering Latina/o Theatre

28 October 2016

Courtnie Alvarado writes about her experience in a Latino Theatre Topics course at the University of North Texas.

Free Tickets for Community College Students—Part 1
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Free Tickets for Community College Students—Part 1

27 October 2016

In this first installment, Daphnie Sicre begins her discussion on theatres and programs that offer free, or discounted tickets to college students.

Introducing Ignited
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Introducing Ignited

Communiques from the LTC’s El Fuego initiative

24 October 2016

Irma Mayorga and Olga Sanchez introduce a new initiative from the Latinx Theatre Commons championing scholarship around new Latinx plays.

Creativity, Aging, and Alzheimer’s
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Creativity, Aging, and Alzheimer’s

A Conversation with Michelle Memran

23 October 2016

Katie Pearl interviews Michelle Memran about María Irene Fornés and The Rest I Make Up, a documentary that captures the legendary playwright’s creativity as she ages.

Double Edge Theatre’s Latin American Cycle Builds Bridges Across Massachusetts
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Double Edge Theatre’s Latin American Cycle Builds Bridges Across Massachusetts

20 October 2016

Josh Platt on Double Edge Theatre’s Latin American Spectacle in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Cada Luna Azul / Once a Blue Moon in Ashfield, Massachusetts, and the Springfield Spectacle, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Apply for the 2017 Encuentro de las Americas Festival
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Apply for the 2017 Encuentro de las Americas Festival

Celebrating Dynamic Contemporary Latinx and Latin American Theatre / Someta su solicitud para participar en el Festival Encuentro de las Américas 2017: Celebrando la dinámica del teatro contemporáne

11 October 2016

Following the success of the 2014 Encuentro, the LATC and LTC are now accepting applications to the 2017 Encuentro de las Americas (“Encuentro 2017”): Celebrating Dynamic Contemporary Latinx and Latin American Theatre, October 29-November 19, 2017.

Theatre History Podcast # 8
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast # 8

Fifty Years and Counting: Talking About Chicano Theatre and Political Activism with Jorge Huerta

10 October 2016

Michael Lueger talks with scholar and activist Jorge Huerta.