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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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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
Que Onda? with Roy Arauz
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Que Onda? with Roy Arauz

11 April 2016

Maria Enriquez interviews Roy Arauz about his work and the Latina/o theatre scene in Seattle, Washington.

Diversifying the Classical Canon
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Diversifying the Classical Canon

2 April 2016

Scholar and translator Barbara Fuchs discusses the opportunities and challenges of diversifying the classical canon to include Spanish-language Hispanic classical theatre.

Que Onda? with Alex Lacamoire, music director of Hamilton
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Que Onda? with Alex Lacamoire, music director of Hamilton

1 April 2016

Trevor Boffone interviews Hamilton’s music director, orchestrator, and co-arranger Alex Lacamoire about his journey as an artist, his Cuban heritage, and collaborating with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Que Onda? An Interview with Bilingual Playwright Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
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Que Onda? An Interview with Bilingual Playwright Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

31 March 2016

Moriah Flagler interviews Roxanne Schroeder-Arce about her process and recurring themes in her work.

Que Onda? with Arlene Martínez
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Que Onda? with Arlene Martínez

30 March 2016

Maria Enriquez interviews Arlene Martínez about her career and the Latina/o theatre scene in Seattle, WA.

The Tenacious Question
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The Tenacious Question

Celebrating Fornés and Rivera

29 March 2016

Lucas Garcia on the Goodman Theatre’s celebration of Latina/o artists María Irene Fornés and José Rivera in Chicago, Illinois.

What is the Role of the Artist/Arts Presenter in a Community in Crisis?
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What is the Role of the Artist/Arts Presenter in a Community in Crisis?

26 March 2016

Paul S. Flores traces the path to creating and touring his play PLACAS through community engagment with acknowedgment and palabra, and offers suggestions to supporting peace within extremely marginalized communities in conflict when making theater.

What Flavor Am I?
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What Flavor Am I?

Reflecting on Michael Sommers’ Review of Ropes

23 March 2016

Playwright Matt Bardot responds to Michael Sommers’ Ropes review, while reflecting on his experience with race and identity in both the classroom and professional realm.

Getting Down with Barrio Stories
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Getting Down with Barrio Stories

Introduction

17 March 2016

In this first installment, Milta Ortiz discusses the backstory of Barrio Stories, while playwrights Virginia Grise, Martín Zimmerman, and Elaine Romero talk about their collaboration for this project.

Cultural Microaggressions in Theatre Reviews
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Cultural Microaggressions in Theatre Reviews

A Call for Dialogue

16 March 2016

The Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee responds to a recent New York Times review containing a cultural microaggression.

From Page to Stage
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From Page to Stage

Teaching Slam Poetry in the High School Classroom

7 March 2016

Jasminne Méndez writes about being a teaching artist with the Alley Theatre and introducing student to spoken word poetry.

The Luso Bat Signal
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The Luso Bat Signal

An Interview with Elusive Portuguese Playwright Elaine Avila

6 March 2016

Chris Casquilho interviews playwright Elaine Avila about her background, career, and theatre family.

A Leap of Faith to Seattle
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A Leap of Faith to Seattle

3 March 2016

Armando Huipe describes the organizing principles behind the upcoming Latina/o Theatre Commons convening in Seattle, WA.

#LTCdallas
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#LTCdallas

Challenges, Opportunities, and Reflections of the Texas Latina/o Theatre Community

2 March 2016

Trevor Boffone reports on the Texas Latinx Theare Commons Dallas Regional Convening.

The Afrolatin@ Theatre Series
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The Afrolatin@ Theatre Series

Actress, Writer, and Theatre Mogul Florinda Bryant

25 February 2016

In this first installment, Jelisa Jay Robinson profiles Florinda Bryant of Salvage Vanguard Theater.

Pedagogy Notebook
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Pedagogy Notebook

From Panza to Las Hociconas: Performance Pedagogy in the Chicana/o Studies Classroom

22 February 2016

Magda García writes about how, as a teaching assistant, she incorporated a performance element into an undergraduate Intro to Chicana/o Studies course at University of California Santa Barbara.

Latina/o Plays for Young Performers
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Latina/o Plays for Young Performers

A Resource for Teachers

8 February 2016

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce shares a list of published Latina/o plays in the hopes that more of them will be produced in schools with Latina/o students.

Que Onda? with Martin Balmaceda and Alex Vásquez Escaño
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Que Onda? with Martin Balmaceda and Alex Vásquez Escaño

7 February 2016

Emily Cordes interviews playwright Alex Vasquez Escaño and director Martin Balmaceda about a recent production of Alex’s play Yoleros in New York City.

Pedagogy Notebook
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Pedagogy Notebook

Creating Visibility and Empowerment for Latina/o Artists through Wikiturgy

19 January 2016

Noe Montez kicks off a new Café Onda series with this post detailing how he had students in his Latina/o Theatre and Film class at Tufts University create Wikipedia pages for Latina/o theatre artists.

La Esquinita
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La Esquinita

Pablo Santiago

15 January 2016

In the first bilingual installment of the series, Tara Houston profiles Lighting Designer Pablo Santiago about his inspiration and process.

Because It's 2016: An Open Invitation from the Latino Theatre Community to Discuss Representation
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Because It's 2016: An Open Invitation from the Latino Theatre Community to Discuss Representation

Monday 11 January 2016
Vancouver, Canada

BECAUSE IT'S 2016: An Open Invitation from the Latino Theatre Community to Discuss Representationa conversation with members of the Latina/o theatre community about fair and equal representation on Vancouver stages—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 11 January at 7 p.m. PST (Vancouver) / 8 p.m. MST (Calgary) / 9 p.m. CST (Winnipeg) / 10 p.m. EST (Toronto). In Twitter, send comments and questions to @ricebeansthtr and use hashtag #cafeonda for Latina/o theatre related conversation.

Curtain Call
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Curtain Call

Moments from Café Onda 2015

27 December 2015

The Café Onda editorial board celebrates the past year.

Why We Need Afro Latin@ Theatre
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Why We Need Afro Latin@ Theatre

26 December 2015

Playwright Jelisa Jay Robinson advocates the need for more representation of Afro-Latin@s both onstage and behind the scenes in theatre.

Detroit
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Detroit

Only Abandoned from the Outside

18 December 2015

Playwright Emilio Rodriguez discusses his experience working in Detroit, a city that is often overlooked, but has opportunities for emerging theatre artists. 

Should Latina/o Roles Be Cast with Non-Latina/o Actors?
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Should Latina/o Roles Be Cast with Non-Latina/o Actors?

6 December 2015

Playwrights Magdalena Gómez, Irma Mayorga, Marisela Treviño Orta, Elaine Romero, and Martín Zimmerman weigh in on casting practices in light of recent debates.