Elisa Marina Alvarado
Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Elisa Marina Alvarado is a founding member of Teatro Visión. As an actress, director and community organizer she has been active in the Chicano movement for over thirty years. Elisa has taught theater for Teatro Visión, San José State University, San Francisco State University and many community organizations. She developed a new works program, Codices, through which Teatro Visión has produced world premiers for plays including CONJUNTO by Oliver Mayer and BOXCAR by Silvia Gonzalez.
Elisa established Teatro Visión’s educational program, the Instituto de Teatro, which offers comprehensive training in culture and community based theater for Latino communities. The training approach incorporates popular education (Conocimiento) and indigenous approaches to teaching and learning. Elisa is also a licensed clinical social worker, an Aztec dancer, and practitioner of indigenous Mexican health traditions. She founded the Ethnomedicine Project in San José, California, which offers training in traditional Mexican medicine. She is Purépecha Indian (México) and Cuban. Email Elisa
Dianne Vega has been working with Teatro Visión since 1994 as the company’s programming and stage manager. In addition to managing the production aspect of many shows over the years with Teatro, her stage management credits include The Cook, Cantinflas!, The Kiss of the Spider Woman, La Posada Mágica, Harvest Moon, Bless Me, Ultima: The Play, and numerous shows when the company performed in downtown San José before their move to the Mexican Heritage Plaza in 1999. She has worked with various theater companies through out the Bay Area since 1989 and earned her B.A. in Social Work from San José State University. Email Dianne
Rodrigo García is an accomplished actor, educator and translator. He graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City in modern dance and drama. He has translated into Spanish the works of Rudolfo Anaya (Bless Me Ultima), Octavio Solís (Ghosts of the River), Cherrie Moraga (El Camino Real and other essays), Leonard Madrid (Perla) and Victor Hugo Rascón Banda (The Woman Who Fell From The Sky), and helped develop the Spanish adaptation of Sandra Cisnero’s The House of Mango Street for Teatro Visión.
Rodrigo's previous stage credits include, Much Ado About Nothing, Yerma, Bury the Dead, The Woman Who Fell From The Sky, School of the Americas, Vistor's Guide to Arivaca, and La Victima. He is a Theater Communications Group (TCG) fellow, a graduate of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI) Class of 2009, and a member of the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC). Email Rodrigo
Leigh Henderson joined Teatro as Managing Director in January 2016, but her relationship with Teatro goes back more than 15 years. Since 2000, she has designed scenery or lighting for more than a dozen Teatro productions, including The Kiss of the Spider Woman, Conjunto, La Victima, Visitor’s Guide to Arivaca, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and Macario.
Her design work has been seen on stages in New York City, Wisconsin, Colorado, all over the Bay Area, and at the prestigious 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Her work experience also includes serving as the Managing Director of Mexican Heritage Corporation and as the Production and Company Manager of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater in Colorado. She currently teaches technical theater production at San José City College.
Leigh holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she is currently also working towards a PhD in Interdisciplinary Theater Studies. Her dissertation in progress explores intermediality in stage effects of the turn-of-the-twentieth-century American stage. Leigh is also a competitive cake decorator, having appeared on the Food Network on Sugar Dome and on Seasons 2 and 4 of Halloween Wars. Email Leigh