Leigh Henderson

published Tardeada 2020 in Calendar 2020-08-05 11:34:35 -0700

You are invited to a Tardeada con Teatro!

 
Teatro Visión invites you to a 

Tardeada con Teatro

 
An online fundraising event with performances, raffle prizes, and more
 
Una video reunión para recaudar fondos, habrá actuaciones, rifas y más
 
Saturday, August 22, 2020
sábado 22 de agosto
4:00pm - 5:00pm
 
Tune in LIVE to support visionary Chicanx theater and youth programs 
 
Sintonice en VIVO para apoyar programas visionarios de teatro Chicanx y juventud
 
 
WHEN
August 22, 2020 at 4pm
WHERE
Facebook and YouTube
published Donate 2020-06-22 10:14:21 -0700

Una profunda y misteriosa conexión los impulsa a volver una y otra vez.

Todos lo años poblaciones enteras de animales y especies vegetales se desplazan miles de kilómetros a través de océanos y continentes en un viaje muy preciso, no pueden perder el tiempo, deben llegar a destino en el momento justo. Una profunda y misteriosa conexión los impulsa a volver una y otra vez.

La madre naturaleza es dueña de todo lo que habita en nuestro planeta. Las cosas más impresionantes suceden gracias a la perfección que el delicado pero majestuoso ciclo de la vida tiene para todo ser vivo y también para la materia inerte. Unos de esos ciclos épicos son sin duda, las migraciones del mundo animal y del mundo vegetal.

Covid-19 y Migración.

Cierre de fronteras como medidas de prevención, xenofobia y tratos discriminatorios.

En medio de la emergencia por el nuevo coronavirus en el mundo, los refugiados, desplazados y solicitantes de asilo son población vulnerable. Algunos ni siquiera tienen dónde vivir como para cumplir las órdenes de cuarentena  y otros están en campamentos atiborrados de personas, donde es imposible un aislamiento seguro. Para completar, en un alto porcentaje de los refugios el agua, vital para evitar el contagio, es escasa. Para ellos la guerra y la persecución continúan. 

"Imaginen que el contagio del coronavirus se extiende por Europa de manera incontrolada mientras que en el continente africano, por las condiciones climáticas, no tiene incidencia. Aterradas, las familias europeas escaparían de la enfermedad de manera histérica, camino de la frontera africana. Tratarían de cruzar el mar por el Estrecho, se lanzarían en embarcaciones precarias desde las islas griegas y la costa turca. Perseguidos por la sombra de una nueva peste mortal tratarían de ponerse a salvo, urgidos por la necesidad. Pero al llegar a la costa africana, las mismas vallas que ellos levantaron, los mismos controles violentos y las fronteras más inexpugnables invertirían el poder de freno. Las fuerzas del orden norteafricanas dispararían contra los occidentales sin piedad, les gritarían: vete a tu casa, déjanos en paz, no queremos tu enfermedad, tu miseria, tu necesidad. Si los guionistas quisieran extremar la crueldad, permitirían que algunos europeos, guiados por las mafias extorsionadoras, alcanzaran destinos africanos, y allí los encerrarían en cuarentenas inhóspitas, donde serían despojados de sus pertenencias, de sus afectos, de su dignidad." - David Trueba

published De Honduras al infinito in Raíces Blog 2019-11-12 16:02:20 -0800

De Honduras al infinito

 
 
 
Es un cuento creado por Carolina Pimentel y Merced “Lobo” en el 2015, que aborda el viaje de los niños migrantes a través del teatro de papel y el teatro de juguete.
 
Actualmente este espectáculo de pequeño formato e itinerante se ha convertido en un punto de encuentro con las comunidades migrantes relacionadas con el proyecto Raíces: El Libro de los caminos.
published La Quinta Teatro's Salomón Santiago in Raíces Blog 2019-08-09 20:09:14 -0700

La Quinta Teatro's Salomón Santiago

published La Quinta Teatro's Viridiana Mendoza in Raíces Blog 2019-08-09 20:07:00 -0700

La Quinta Teatro's Viridiana Mendoza

published La Quinta Teatro's Carolina Pimentel in Raíces Blog 2019-08-09 20:06:06 -0700

La Quinta Teatro's Carolina Pimentel

published La Quinta Teatro's Merced García in Raíces Blog 2019-08-09 20:04:05 -0700

La Quinta Teatro's Merced García

published Raíces Blog in Raíces: el libro de los caminos 2019-08-09 19:51:26 -0700

Raíces Blog

XVI CARAVANA DE MADRES MIGRANTES DESAPARECIDOS
Posted by · May 31, 2020 11:59 AM

Antes que migrantes son niños y niñas.
Posted by · April 30, 2020 11:57 AM

Una profunda y misteriosa conexión los impulsa a volver una y otra vez.
Posted by · March 31, 2020 11:51 AM

published Introduction in Raíces Blog 2019-04-08 11:26:55 -0700

Introduction

Follow this blog to keep up to date with Teatro Visión's progress creating Raíces: El libro de los caminos / Roots:The Book of Journeys, a new work of theater we're creating with La Quinta Teatro with funding from a Hewlett Foundation 50 Arts Commission. 

published Macario in New Work 2018-12-05 08:51:25 -0800

Macario

As envisioned by Teatro Visión's Founding Artistic Director Elisa Marina Alvarado and our nationally renowned team of commissioned artists, Teatro Visión’s Macario marries elements of spectacle, music, and dance in culturally authentic and visually exciting ways. Bringing Macario to the stage was a decade-long effort for Elisa, who worked for over three years to secure the rights to adapt the story, eventually being granted exclusive permission to do so by the family members of author B. Traven. 
 
Set in the Viceregal era, when Mexico was still New Spain, the parable-like story of Macario features three spirits who attempt to persuade the title character, Macario, to reflect on his choices when he comes into the fortune of getting a full turkey to eat. It is a work steeped in history that has become part of the fabric of Mexican culture. Adapted from the original novel in 1960, Macario became the first film from Mexico to be nominated for an Academy Award.
 
Teatro Visión worked for more than a year with award-winning playwright Evelina Fernández to complete the Macario script and bilingual translation, in a creative process that included exploration of the novel’s themes through individual interviews with 23 residents of the Mayfair community of East San José and dialogues with organizations working to address hunger and access to healthy food in Silicon Valley. Composer Dr. Russell Rodríguez crafted a cycle of original music for the production and original choreography was created by Maria de la Rosa, one of the founding members of local dance company Los Lupeños de San José. The development process included screenings of the film, exploratory workshops, and script readings, all open to the community.
 
Teatro Visión produced the world premiere of Macario in October 2013, then remounted the production in October 2014, 2015, and 2016. Look for Macario to return to our stage in October 2019.
 

Macario Artists

Russell_Headshot.jpgComposer Russell Rodríguez is an accomplished musician specializing in performance styles of huasteca, jarocho, mariachi, and other traditional music forms of México. His theater credits include working with San José Repertory Theater and El Teatro Campesino.

Evelina_headshot.pngPlaywright Evelina Fernández is an award-winning actor, playwright and screenwriter. Her epic A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story, which consists of her plays Faith, Hope, and Charity, was recently staged at the Los Angeles Theatre Center by the Latino Theater Company. 

Elisa.jpgOriginal production Director and former Teatro Visión Artistic Director Elisa Marina Alvarado is a founding member of Teatro Visión and served as Artistic Director until 2017. 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 premieres for plays including Conjunto by Oliver Mayer and Boxcar by Silvia Gonzalez. 

published Collaborative Poetry in New Work 2018-12-05 08:50:58 -0800

Collaborative Poetry

In the fall of 2017 Teatro Visión worked with poet Yosimar Reyes to create nine original poems related to the themes of our production of La Muerte Baila, devised by Rebecca Martinez and the Milagro Theater Ensemble. Yosimar wrote a series of fill-in-the-blank prompts, which Teatro Visión distributed in our community through mail, email, social media, and at in-person events. 

More than 400 people responded to the prompts. Using those responses, Yosimar wrote nine poems. One of these poems was read from the stage at each performance of La Muerte Baila in October 2017.

Read all nine poems.

The collaborative poetry project was made possible by a grant from the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs as part of the Creating Connection initiative.

 

About Yosimar Reyes

Yosimar Reyes is the artist in residence at Define American, a media and culture organization dedicated to shifting the conversation surrounding immigration and identity in a changing America. He is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist, and public speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in East San Jose, California, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work.

published Jobs in About 2018-09-22 15:50:02 -0700

Jobs

Are you passionate about connecting community through art?

Teatro Visión is looking for a new Community Engagement and Marketing Manager.

 

Community Engagement and Marketing Manager

Job Description

Teatro Visión is a not-for-profit Latinx/Chicanx theater company with a 35-year history in San José. We are seeking a Community Engagement and Marketing Manager to develop and implement strategies, relationships, and programs to deepen our network of community partners, provide creative community engagement opportunities, and promote participation and ticket sales for Teatro Visión productions, classes, workshops, and events. The Community Engagement and Marketing Manager may, with prior-approval, work from home and will be granted flexibility in setting work-schedule. Part-time position: 15 hours per week.

 

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

  • Suggest creative ways to engage community members in Teatro Visión’s productions and creative processes.
  • Identify, develop, and cultivate, relationships with local schools, organizations, community groups, and other community stakeholders.
  • Design, promote, and coordinate theme performances for Teatro Visión productions, such as College Night, Pride Night, and Girl Scout Day.
  • Coordinate and promote group ticket sales for K-12 and college groups for Teatro Visión College Nights and student matinees.
  • Design, promote, and coordinate community events related to Teatro Visión productions.
  • Schedule and coordinate performances at schools.
  • Develop and implement marketing plans for all Teatro Visión productions and events.
  • Create and distribute marketing materials for all Teatro Visión productions and events, including brochures, posters, postcards, flyers, emails, etc.
  • Develop and implement advertising and PSAs for all Teatro Visión productions and events, including print, radio, television, and online.
  • Develop and implement social media strategies for all Teatro Visión productions and events.
  • Manage media relationships, including writing and distributing press releases and scheduling media appearances.
  • Maintain up-to-date archives of marketing and advertising materials.
  • Operate within set budget parameters.
  • Provide regular progress reports to Managing and Artistic Directors.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience and success working in partnership with local residents and community organizations.
  • Familiarity with San José schools and organizations, particularly those with a focus on Latinx communities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, in both English and Spanish.
  • Knowledge and experience in marketing and PR, preferably for arts and/or community organizations.
  • Ability to work well with staff, partners, volunteers, and artists.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects.
  • Excellent organization and planning skills.
  • Basic computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Working knowledge of graphic design and layout preferred.
  • Proficiency using graphic design applications including but not limited to Adobe CS preferred.
  • Experience maintaining websites preferred.
  • Passion for the arts and social justice.

 

Compensation

$20,000 annually. No benefits.

 

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter including a paragraph on your interest in Teatro Visión, resume, and three references to teatro@teatrovision.org.

 

Teatro Visión is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

 

Luz: A Shadow Play Inspired by Senior Stories

Luz: A Shadow Play Inspired by Senior Stories was created from the real stories of seniors and elders in our community. We are grateful for the trust and courage they showing in sharing their stories with us. We honor their contributions to our community.

In 2018, Teatro Visión teamed up with local playwright Cristal González Avila to create more intergenerational connections in our community. Cristal gathered stories from seniors and elders in our community and created nine 1-minutes plays. We debuted one of these plays at each performance of Departera in October 2018. Audience members at Departera were invited to leave a note at a kiosk in the lobby to let the seniors who so generously shared their stories know that their stories were heard and appreciated.

Cristal then expanded these stories into a new play entitled Luz: A Shadow Play Inspired by Senior Stories, which premiered in January 2020 to a sold out audience. 

The next step of this project will be to create a portable version that will be available for performances at community venues like schools and senior centers.

Watch Luz: A Shadow Play Inspired by Senior Stories

 

Read the 1-minute plays and audience responses.

This project was made possible by an Audience Engagement Project Grant and an X Factor Grant from Silicon Valley Creates.

 

About Cristal González Avila

A company member with El Teatro Campesino and Baktun12, Cristal González Avila is a first generation Chicana actress, playwright, poet and director from Watsonville, CA. She holds a B.A in Theater Arts from San Jose University and is a Reed Award recipient for Excellence in Acting and Oral Interpretation. Her recent work includes "La Sombra" (The Shadow) a solo performance, a full length play PIERNAS: The Story Between Our Legs, and her book of poetry Sombra Mia (January 2019).

published DACA in About 2017-09-08 13:05:34 -0700

Teatro Visión is proud to stand with an overwhelming majority of Americans in defending the DREAMers!

Teatro Vision’s Board of Directors, administrators, and artistic staff stand united in opposition to the President’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and we urge our Congressional representatives to pass legislation to protect the 800,000 immigrant youth in America who benefit from this program before it is ended.
 
"DREAMers" have been raised and educated in America. They contribute to American communities and economies. They believe in American values. This is the country they call home. They chose to participate in the DACA program because they believed their government would protect them — like any American.
 
Rescinding DACA will force these young people back into the shadows. It will tear families apart and create a void in our communities. We cannot stand by while our friends and neighbors have their lives uprooted.
 
Here are 3 things you can do to support the rights of immigrants and the DACA program: 
 
1) SIGN - The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is asking individuals to sign a petition calling on Congress to protect DACA recipients by passing the 2017 DREAM Act.
 
2) STAND - Click here to learn more and take action in your community.
 
3) SHARE - Post your support of the DACA program on social media, and include the hashtags #DefendDACA and #HeretoStay.
 
As a leader in Chicanx/Latinx theater and culture for more than three decades, Teatro Visión remains grounded in the values of respect for all, celebration of diversity and positive cultural identity, and a desire for social justice. We thank you for standing with us and with our young DREAMers at this crucial moment.
 
Dolores Alvarado
President
 
Rodrigo García
Artistic Director
 
Herminia Ojeda
Vice President
 
Leigh Henderson
Managing Director
 
Elena Snyder
Treasurer
 
Dianne Vega
Production Manager
 
Peter Allen
Board Member
 
Crystal Black
Board Member
 
Sylvia Kennedy
Board Member
 
Claudia López
Board Member
 
Steven Monacelli
Board Member
 
 
 
published Strategic Plan in About 2017-08-15 13:29:40 -0700

Strategic Plan

Teatro Visión's current strategic plan covers the year 2017-18 through 2019-20. The major goals outlined in the plan are 1) Increase Teatro Visión’s year-round presence in our community; 2) Build Teatro Visión’s capacity (finances, staff, board, and pool of artists).

Highlights of the plan include:

  • The world premiere of Teatro Visión’s Departera, in October 2018, with a script by Evelina Fernández and original music by Russell Rodríguez. This play is currently being developed through a collaborative process in and with the local community.
  • The launch of a new intensive theater youth program for ages 12-18 in spring 2018, consisting of 6 weeks of workshops culminating in a production of Sandra Cisneros’s classic coming-of-age story The House on Mango Street. With funding from Santa Clara County, this program will outreach particularly to the County’s most at-risk youth, such as those in the County foster care system.
  • The elimination, as of the end of 2017-18, of the last remaining liabilities on Teatro Visión’s balance sheet.

Read the full 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, including mid-plan updates

published Youth Production in Youth 2017-07-23 00:28:57 -0700

Youth Production

Watch this page for updates coming soon about our 2021 youth production. 

 

Questions? Email us at Teatro@TeatroVision.org or call us at (408) 294-6621.
 
¿Preguntas? Puede por correo electrónico a Teatro@TeatroVision.org o llamando al (408) 294-6621.
published Youth 2017-07-23 00:25:51 -0700

Youth Programs

 
 
Teatro Visión ensures the future of Chicanx theater through our youth programs that train the next generation of teatristas – skilled actors who are committed to culture-based, bilingual theater.
 
 
 
Questions? Email us at Teatro@TeatroVision.org or call us at (408) 294-6621.

 
Teatro Visión asegura el futuro del teatro Chicanx a través de nuestros programas para jóvenes que entrenan a la nueva generación de teatristas - actores y actrices calificados y comprometidos con el teatro bilingϋe con base en nuestra cultura.
 
 
 
¿Preguntas? Puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a Teatro@TeatroVision.org o llamando al (408) 294-6621.
published Shows 2017-07-22 22:47:27 -0700

Shows

Watch this page for updates coming soon about our 2020-2021 productions. 

 

Questions? Email us at Teatro@TeatroVision.org or call us at (408) 294-6621.
 
¿Preguntas? Puede por correo electrónico a Teatro@TeatroVision.org o llamando al (408) 294-6621.
published Ticket Pricing Policy in Tickets 2017-07-22 19:03:01 -0700

Ticket Pricing Policy

Choose Your Own Price Tickets

 
No matter what price you choose to pay, you get the same general admission ticket and you see the same exciting show.
 
Welcome to the theater - $10
If you don't have much cash to spare, Teatro Visión is for you!
 
RECOMMENDED: Regular ticket price - $20
This is our standard ticket price - though it doesn't cover all the costs of producing our shows.
 
Full event cost - $30
This is how much every member of the audience would have to pay to cover the costs of our productions.
 
Arts patron - $40
If you can afford to pay a little more - THANK YOU! This makes it possible for someone else to pay a little less.
 
Questions? Email us at Teatro@TeatroVision.org or call us at (408) 294-6621.
 

Elija el precio de su boleto

 
No importa el precio que decida pagar, usted tendrá el mismo boleto de admisión general a tan exitosa obra.
 
Bienvenidos al teatro - $10
Si no tienes mucho efectivo para gastar ¡Teatro Visión es para ti!
 
RECOMENDADO: Precio regular - $20
Este es nuestro boleto a precio regular – aunque no cubre el costo de producir nuestras obras.
 
Precio completo - $30
Esto es lo que cada miembro pagaría para cubrir el costo de nuestras producciones.
 
Mecenas - $40
Si puedes pagar un poquito más - ¡GRACIAS! Esto hace posible que otras personas puedan pagar un poco menos.
 
¿Preguntas? Envíenos un correo electrónico a Teatro@TeatroVision.org o llámenos al (408) 294-6621.
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