Mission and History

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Our Mission

Teatro Visión’s mission is to celebrate culture, nurture community, and inspire vision through art that moves people to feel, think, and act to create a better world.

Because we remain committed to work infused by the voices and experiences of our gente, our primary purpose is to encourage and inspire audiences and program participants to take leadership to improve the quality of life in their communities.

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Our History

Teatro Visión is a Chicano theater company with more than three decades of service to the community. Our work amplifies the voices of Latinos, creates a dignified and empowering sense of identity, inspires action, builds respect and understanding, and explores the social and psychological experiences of Latinos.

Teatro Visión has commissioned, developed, and produced more than 60 works for an audience of 140,000 patrons. These works include the World Premiere production of Silvia Gonzalez’s EL VAGON (Boxcar), which won the 2004 Repertorio Espanol’s NuestraVoces national playwriting competition, the 2011 West Coast Premiere production of Rudolfo Anaya’s BLESS ME, ULTIMA, and the 2013 World Premiere stage adaptation of the classic Mexican novel and film, MACARIO.

Teatro Visión is committed to nurturing the next generation of community leaders and cultural ambassadors. We regularly provide low-cost performances via partnerships with more than 100 local schools and organizations, as well as teatro training programs for artists, service providers, and educators. Our education programming engages students to strengthen their critical thinking, self-confidence, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Our work was honored in 2012 with the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission Award. In 2010, our Artistic Director, Elisa Marina Alvarado, received the James McEntee Lifetime Achievement award recognizing her work in the arts and community organizing. And in 2015, Artistic Associate Rodrigo García was received a Beacon of Light Award from the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations in honor of his years of selfless service to Teatro and our community.

What is Chicano Theater?

From Elisa Marina Alvarado, Artistic Director:

Chicano theater was born of the movement for justice and equality in this country. Truly a ‘people’s theater,’ its performance forms and mission were initially shaped by the renowned Teatro Campesino through its work with the United Farm Workers.

Teatro became a unique form of expression for people of Mexican heritage that migrated or were born in the United States. Chicano theater has evolved to include not only the original actos performed for farm workers in the fields but also full length plays which capture the depth and complexity of the essential and shared experiences which define us as a people, regardless of what we choose to call ourselves — Latino, Mexican-American, Cuban, Chicano, Puerto Rican...

Teatro Visión has played a leading role in the evolution of Chicano theater with its commitment to community access, staging new work by leading Latino playwrights, developing new ‘teatristas’ and performances in Spanish with projected translation. With proudly uphold the ideals of ‘Chicanismo’ with theater that calls for social justice while sharing and learning the cultural values that unite all of us as a community.
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