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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
La Esquinita
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La Esquinita

Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

27 May 2016

In this installment, Scenic Designer Tara Houston shares her journey to discovering her career and offers advice on lessons that she’s learned along the way.

#LTCseattle
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#LTCseattle

Connecting past and present to build towards the future

23 May 2016

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez reflects on the Latina/o Theatre Commons’ Pacific Northwest convening, and the action steps that came out of it.

Going Solo
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Going Solo

Self-Producing Purple Eyes

16 May 2016

Playwright Josh Inocéncio shares his experience self-producing and touring his autobiographical solo show Purple Eyes.

[email protected] Theatre Series
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[email protected] Theatre Series

Interview with Playwright and Actress Krysta Gonzales

15 May 2016

In this second installment, Jelisa Jay Robinson interviews Krysta Gonzales about her journey and process as a playwright and actress.

#LTCseattle
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#LTCseattle

Flooring It with Espírito

14 May 2016

Elaine Ávila writes about her experience at the Latinx Theatre Commons convening in Seattle, WA.

Hamilton, Democracy, and Theatre in America
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Hamilton, Democracy, and Theatre in America

13 May 2016

Professor Patricia Herrera writes about teaching Hamilton through the lens of American democracy.

Some Other Race: Exploring the Diversity within the Latino Story—A Public Dialogue
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Some Other Race: Exploring the Diversity within the Latino Story—A Public Dialogue

Tuesday 10 May 2016
Boston, MA, United States

ArtsEmerson in Boston presented the public dialogue Some Other Race: Exploring the Diversity within the Latino Story livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 10 May at 7 p.m. EDT (New York) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles). Share your thoughts on Twitter with hashtag #cafeonda.

Wait, How is That Latino? My Response to Café Onda’s Call for Dialogue
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Wait, How is That Latino? My Response to Café Onda’s Call for Dialogue

9 May 2016

Actor Natalie Camunas discusses cultural microaggressions she’s faced in her career, and shares her experience working on DJ Latinidad’s Latino Dance Party.

Mi tierra, my testimony
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Mi tierra, my testimony

a #HamilTestimonio

1 May 2016

Rebecca Martinez writes about how Hamilton changed her personal relationship to her country.

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)’s 30th Regional Arts Training Workshop
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The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)’s 30th Regional Arts Training Workshop

29 April to 30 April 2016
San Antonio, TX, United States

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) proudly presented the 30th Regional Arts Training Workshop from San Antonio, Texas livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 29 April to Saturday 30 April. In Twitter use #CafeOnda and #HowlRound

Why I Paid Too Much for Tickets to Hamilton, and Other Musings on the Fragility of Life
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Why I Paid Too Much for Tickets to Hamilton, and Other Musings on the Fragility of Life

28 April 2016

Playwright Melinda Lopez shares her experience buying tickets to see Hamilton, and addresses the cost of watching a Broadway show versus the cost of caring for her mother.

Collage of theatre artists gathering and speaking at the From Scarcity to Abundance convening.
The Latinx Theatre Commons 2016 Pacific Northwest Convening
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The Latinx Theatre Commons 2016 Pacific Northwest Convening

Friday 15 April 2016
Seattle, WA, United States

Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) proudly presented the LTC Pacific Northwest Convening Opening Ceremonies livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 15 April at 8 p.m. PDT-10 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 10 p.m. CDT-12 a.m. CDT (Chicago) / 11 p.m. EDT-1 a.m. EDT (New York).

Que Onda? Interview with Nelda Reyes, Rose Cano, and Carmen Aguirre
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Que Onda? Interview with Nelda Reyes, Rose Cano, and Carmen Aguirre

13 April 2016

Christopher Goodson interviews Latina theatre artists Nelda Reyes, Rose Cano, and Carmen Aguirre about their thoughts on the current climate for Latina/o work in the Pacific Northwest.

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.