Through our plays, we seek to articulate the voices of Latinos in the United States and explore their unique social, political, cultural and psychological experience through themes that resonate with people from all races, backgrounds and lifestyles. The following programs play an integral role in developing our work by educating young teatristas and engaging our community.
Our innovative teatro classes identify and train new "teatristas" — skilled actors who are committed to culture-based, bilingual theater. Teatro partners with the School of Arts and Culture as well as local public schools to provide seasonal classes that inspire dozens of students of all ages to find their voice, building the self-confidence and initiative to take on leadership roles in their community. These classes also help to develop teamwork, creativity, and cultural literacy.
In partnership with local community-based organizations such as First 5 Santa Clara County, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, Somos Mayfair, and currently, Gardner Family Health, Teatro has developed and implemented community engagement projects by collecting personal stories and sharing them through participatory theater performances and our mainstage productions. These "Living History" projects serve the dual purpose of informing the themes of our new work and aiding the development of shared perspective and goals through facilitated dialogues that accompany the sharing of stories. Teatro’s story-based work contributes to the preservation of Latino history, culture, and community identity — all of which are easily lost from one generation to the next and generally not captured and shared through mainstream media. Please contact Artistic Director Elisa Marina Alvarado for more information.
Forums & Talkbacks
It is our goal to present plays that create dialogue beyond the stage. Our forums and “talkbacks” provide the space for the discussion of themes, information on the historical setting, and insight into the artistic process.
To keep our work accessible to a broad audience, Teatro Visión offers discounted tickets to the first Sunday performance of every play. This helps reduce barriers that restrict engagement in the arts among low-income communities such as the Mayfair in East San José, home of our main stage productions.
Teatro Visión presents an exclusive weekday matinee performance for middle and high school youth from throughout Santa Clara County. These performances generally sell out well in advance. Please contact Programming Manager Dianne Vega for more information.