Teatro Visión is excited to introduce another new member of our Board of Directors: Crystal Black.
Crystal Black has been in Silicon Valley for most of 17 years working as a marketing professional at some of the valley’s most innovative tech companies. Her passion for theater started in 7th grade when she won tickets to the Kennedy Center to watch A Thousand Cranes and, even though she’d been working with computers throughout grade school, went to Virginia Tech and received an English BA/MA and a theater minor. Since 2000, Crystal has worked or volunteered at TheaterWorks, Bus Barn Stage Company (now Los Altos Stage Company), and Mexican Heritage Theater. She’s excited to work with the Teatro Visión board.
We’re thrilled to add Crystal's expertise and engery to Teatro Visión. Please welcome her to the Teatro família!
Crystal is the latest addition to our board as part of an ongoing strategy to build organizational capacity. If you're interested in joining us and would like to learn more, please send an email to Board President Dolores Alvarado.
Teatro Visión is thrilled to welcome a familiar face back to our Board of Directors: Peter Allen.Peter Allen is a third-generation San José native who currently serves as Public Information Officer for San José Unified School District and as a member of the City of San José Planning Commission. He previously spent four years on the San José Arts Commission and contributed bass, vocals, and songwriting to local eclectic rockers Usurper Vong.Prior to taking his position at San José Unified, Peter served as Board Member, Board President, and later Managing Director of Teatro Visión, guiding the organization into a new era coinciding with the launch of MACARIO. He is excited to return to the Teatro família.Peter graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in San José and got his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He lives in San José with his fiancée, Angelica Ramos, and their two dogs and two cats.
We’re so happy to have Peter's experience and vision back on the Teatro Visión board. Please welcome him back to the Teatro família!
Peter is the latest addition to our board as part of an ongoing strategy to build organizational capacity. If you're interested in joining us and would like to learn more, please send an email to Board President Virginia Rivera.
Teatro Visión is excited to introduce another new member of our Board of Directors: Carol Moyer.
Carol Moyer discovered Teatro Visión while attending a Board Match event. Carol is a California and Bay Area native and has lived in a San Jose for 12 years. She currently works for Genentech, Inc. supporting Outsourcing and Contracting activities for global clinical trials. She has 18 years of Biotech industry experience and an additional 11 years working in the Pharmacy health care field. When not working she travels to the far corners of the planet. Closer to home, Carol has a desire to give back to her local community and was drawn to Teatro Visión's mission of infusing the community with positive Latino artistic performances and educational programs.
We’re thrilled to add Carol’s experience and passion to Teatro Visión. Please welcome her to the Teatro família!
Carol is the latest addition to our board as part of an ongoing strategy to build organizational capacity. If you're interested in joining us and would like to learn more, please send an email to Board President Virginia Rivera.
On Tuesday, May 3, thousands of your friends and neighbors will show their support for the favorite not-for-profits during Silicon Valley Gives. On that day, every dollar and every donor Teatro Visión receives will help us compete for a share of thousands of dollars in matching grants and prize money. A $10 donation from you might just help us win $1,000 or even $5,000 in prize money!
Here’s how you can help:
1) Mark your calendars for May 3 to donate through this link to Teatro Visión’s Silicon Valley Gives page. For your gift to have the most impact:
- Donate BETWEEN 12:00 am and 1:00 am to help us compete for a $1,000 prize.
- Donate EXACTLY at 9:00 am or 5:00 pm to help us try for up to $1,000 in matching funds.
- ANY donation of ANY amount at ANY time on May 3 will help us compete for prizes for most unique donors and be in the running for random prize drawings. So don’t worry if you can’t give much – every gift helps!
2) Forward this email to your friends and family with a personal note about why you believe in Teatro Visión and encourage them to support Teatro Visión on May 3.
3) Share our Silicon Valley Gives video.
4) Make sure that you’re following Teatro Visión on Facebook and Twitter so you can help us spread the word by liking, sharing, and retweeting our posts about Silicon Valley Gives or by creating your own posts.Suggested social media posts:
Facebook: Silicon Valley Gives day of charitable giving is on Tuesday, May 3. Please consider donating to San José’s own Chicano theater company, Teatro Visión. Your donations help keep innovative Chicano theater performances and teatro classes alive in San José! https://svgives.razoo.com/us/story/Teatrovision
Twitter: #SVGives is May 3. Join me in supporting San José’s Chicano theater, @Teatro_Visión. https://svgives.razoo.com/us/story/TeatrovisionEven better, customize your own social media messages that tells your friends and family more about what Teatro Visión means to you!
Any help that you can give will be greatly appreciated! Thank you again for all that you do for Teatro Visión and Chicano theater.
Teatro Visión is excited to introduce another new member of our Board of Directors: Sylvia Kennedy.
Sylvia grew up in North East San José. Since graduating from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1994, Sylvia has devoted her legal career to the practice of public interest law. At La Raza Centro Legal, she supervised an elder law project in San Francisco’s Mission District. With the Office of the Santa Clara County Counsel, she helped establish the Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST), a program devoted to helping elderly victims of fraud, and worked on various state-wide projects including efforts to update public health laws. For several years Sylvia and her husband ran a consumer law practice handling class actions on behalf of California consumers. She is currently a Senior Staff Attorney with Senior Adults Legal Assistance, where she handles a variety of matters including elder abuse cases.
Being an active volunteer in her community is important to Sylvia. She has volunteered with Roberta Jones Junior Theatre, served on the board of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley, served on the Scholarship Committee and the Judiciary Committee of La Raza Lawyer’s Association, and chaired the Advisory Board of The Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, a law center Sylvia helped establish when she was a law student. A mother of four kids, Sylvia leads a Girl Scout Troop and serves as a Cultural Liaison for Girl Scouts of Northern California.
We’re thrilled to add Sylvia’s legal expertise and passion for her community to Teatro Visión. Please welcome her to the Teatro família!
Sylvia is the latest addition to our board as part of an ongoing strategy to build organizational capacity. If you're interested in joining us and would like to learn more, please send an email to Board President Virginia Rivera.
As we approach the end of the year, we’re pleased to announce a new member of our staff, though she’s no stranger to the Teatro família. Earlier this week, longtime production designer and artistic collaborator Leigh Henderson accepted an offer to serve as our interim Managing Director. Leigh will take over for Peter Allen, who is stepping down to pursue a run for public office.
In addition to her amazing design and scenic work on numerous Teatro productions for more than a decade – including the past three years on MACARIO – Leigh has worked as a financial, managerial, and fund development consultant. She has previously served as Managing Director and Director of Operations for San José-based Mexican Heritage Corporation as well as Production and Company Manager for the Rocky Mountain Theater Company in Colorado. She is currently an adjunct professor of theater arts at San José City College.
For the third month in a row, Teatro Visión is excited to welcome a new member to our Board of Directors: Steven Monacelli.
Steven is a recent transplant to the Bay Area, having lived most recently in Washington, DC, where he worked for Deloitte Consulting LLP. He currently works as a Business Consultant for Google Fiber. Steven studied theatre at Northwestern University, and he is thrilled to support Teatro Visión’s community-focused mission.
In addition to his regular board duties, Steven will help Teatro expand our reach into the Silicon Valley tech community and assist our team with grantwriting and other fund development projects. Please welcome Steven to the Teatro família!
Steven is the latest addition to our board as part of an ongoing strategy to build organizational capacity. If you're interested in joining us and would like to learn more, please send an email to Board President Virginia Rivera.
By providing opportunities for Latino/Chicano youth to experience live theater, participate in interactive programs, and learn about critical social justice issues, Teatro Visión presents a vital avenue to community engagement and empowerment.
As we approach the holiday season, we look forward to continuing our teatro classes in the new year. But we need your help to take our youth programming to the next level and give our young teatristas more opportunities to shine on stage!
Tomorrow, we'll be taking part in Giving Tuesday — which is like the polar opposite of Black Friday. For 24 hours, people across the country will celebrate the spirit of the holidays by giving back to their favorite nonprofit organizations.
As an added bonus, HIPGive will be matching the first $20,000 in donations received by Teatro and other partnering organizations. Please take advantage of this exciting opportunity to double your impact on youth in our community!
Thank you in advance for your continued support. Once you make a donation, don't forget to share the news on Twitter using the hashtag #TuesdayForTeatro.
Thanks to some late-night generosity, we blew past our #GivingTuesday goal and raised more than $2,300 for our youth programs! We're humbled by this inspiring show of support, especially on such short notice. ¡Saludos a todos por su apoyo!
As we gather this week to give thanks for our many blessings, we are also approaching the end of the year, when we call upon you to renew your support of our work. Like most nonprofit arts groups, ticket sales account for less than a third of our program expenses. Donations from friends like you enable us to deliver high-quality theater and arts education to thousands of community members each year.
Teatro Visión is a unique voice in our community. Our plays touch the fabric of Latino and Chicano culture, while also creating a sense of pride and awareness within the larger community. With that in mind, we’re proud to see MACARIO develop into a Día de los Muertos tradition for San José and the Silicon Valley. The production’s success year after year proves that its themes of social justice and human dignity resonate within our community today.
Friends of Teatro,
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve Teatro Visión as interim Managing Director for the past two and a half years. Together with our amazing staff, artists, and board of directors, we've established MACARIO as a Día de los Muertos tradition for San José, engaged with thousands of local youth through our teatro classes and student matinee performances, and significantly improved our financial situation in the wake of a near collapse.
As many of you are aware, I will be running for a seat on the San José City Council in 2016. In order to ensure continuity of dedicated leadership and success for Teatro, I will be stepping down from my position as of January 1st, and the Board of Directors has issued the following Request for Qualifications to fill a new management position. I will be staying on in an advisory capacity as the incoming manager gets up to speed.
I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the Teatro Família for everything you've done and continue to do to support our unique and vital work. I look forward to seeing you all very soon in the community — or at the theater!