Mission and History

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Our Vision

A community of equity, peace, and justice nurtured through the arts.

Our Mission

Teatro Visión creates theater rooted in Chicanx and Latinx experiences to inspire the people of Santa Clara Valley and beyond to feel, think, and act to create a better world.

* Chicanx and Latinx are gender-neutral alternatives to Chicano and Latino.

Our Core Values

  • Respect for all
  • Celebration of diversity and positive cultural identity
  • Desire for social justice
  • Artistic excellence
  • Artistic development 

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Our History

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

Teatro Visión has commissioned, developed, and produced more than 60 works for an audience of 145,000 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. 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. In 2016 Theatre Bay Area selected Elisa to be honored at their 40th anniversary celebration as one of forty individuals who have been pivotal in making the Bay Area theater community one of the most dynamic in the nation.

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