Leigh Henderson

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

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


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


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


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.



  • 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.



$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
Rodrigo García
Artistic Director
Herminia Ojeda
Vice President
Leigh Henderson
Managing Director
Elena Snyder
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

Teatro Visión's 2020 youth production is Esperanza Rising. Young people age 10-18 will be invited to audition.
For more information, email Dianne Vega Dianne@teatrovision.org or call Dianne Vega at (408) 294-6621.

La producción juvenil de Teatro Visión para el 2020 es Esperanza Renace. Los jóvenes de 10-18 se les invitará a audicionar.
Para más información, contactar a Dianne Vega por correo electrónico a Dianne@teatrovision.org o llamando al (408) 294-6621. 

This project is made possible by support from Santa Clara County and the California Arts Council.
Teatro Visión's operations are made possible, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José; SV Creates; Castellano Family Foundation; El Observador; La Oferta; Silicon Valley Community Foundation; and the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.
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




October 10-20, 2019
10-20 de octubre de 2019
Adapted for the stage by Evelina Fernández with Teatro Visión
Original music by Russell Rodríguez
Directed by Rodrigo García
Adaptada para el escenario por Evelina Fernández y Teatro Visión 
Música original de Russell Rodríguez
Dirección general por Rodrigo García


Senior Stories (working title)

One night only!
January 11, 2020
Solamente una noche! 
11 de enero del 2020
By Cristal González Avila


Esperanza Rising

Postponed to 2021
By Lynne Alvarez
Music by Victor Zupanc
Based on the Book by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences
Directed by Melinda Marks
Escrita por Lynne Alvarez
Musica de Victor Zupanc
Basada en el libro de Pam Muñoz Ryan
Producida bajo un acuerdo especial con Plays for Young Audiences
Dirigida por Melinda Marks

To purchase tickets by phone, call 1-800-838-3006 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Spanish language operators available.
Para comprar boletos por teléfono, llame al 1-800-838-3006 las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana.
Operadores en español disponibles.

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.
published Past Productions in About 2017-03-30 11:07:49 -0700

Past Productions

Teatro Visión has been creating visionary Chicanx/Latinx theater in San José for more than three decades. Here is a look back at our past productions.

LUZ: A SHADOW PLAY INSPIRED BY SENIOR STORIES by Cristal González Avila, January 2020

THE TRANSITION OF DOODLE PEQUENO by Gabriel Jason Dean, March 2019

DEPARTERA by Evelina Fernández with Teatro Visión, October 2018

THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET adapted for the stage by Amy Ludwig from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, May 2018

LA MUERTE BAILA an original Milagro Theater Día de los Muertos production devised by Rebecca Martinez and the Milagro Theater Ensemble, October 2017

MACARIO by B. Traven, Adapted by Evelina Fernández with Teatro Visión, October 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2019

SOLITUDE by Evelina Fernández, Directed by José Luis Valenzuela, Produced by Latino Theater Company (Los Angeles), February 2012

BLESS ME, ULTIMA, by Rudolfo Anaya, Directed by Elisa Marina Alvarado, March 2011

PERLA by Leonard Madrid, Directed by Elisa Marina Alvarado, May 2010

TAKING FLIGHT by Adriana Sevan, February 2010

GHOSTS OF THE RIVER by Octavio Solis, Directed by Larry Reed, October 2009

THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Victor Hugo Rascón Banda, January-February 2009

LA CASA EN MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros, Adapted by Amy Ludwig with translation by Elena Poniatowska, October 2008

HERO by Luis Alfaro, April 2008

SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS by Jose Rivera, January 2008

VISITOR'S GUIDE TO ARIVACA (MAP NOT TO SCALE) by Evangeline Ordaz, October 2007

BODAS DE SANGRE (BLOOD WEDDING) by Federico García Lorca, April-May 2007

DOG LADY/EVENING STAR by Milcha Sanchez-Scott, November-December 2006

LA VICTIMA by Teatro de la Esperanza, October 2006

THE COOK by Eduardo Machado, May 2006

ELECTRICIDAD by Luis Alfaro, March-April 2006

¡CANTINFLAS! written and performed by Herbert Sigüenza (Culture Clash), October 2005

SANTOS & SANTOS by Octavio Solís, May 2005

4 GUYS NAMED JOSÉ Y UN MUJER NAMED MARÍA by David Coffman and Dolores Prida, December 2004

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefína Lopez, October 2004

DRIVE MY COCHE by Roy Conboy, May 2004

BOXCAR by Sylvia Gonzalez and Teatro Visión, March 2004

CHILEAN HOLIDAY by Guillermo Reyes, October 2003

LADY FROM HAVANA by Luis Santeiro, May 2003

CONJUNTO by Oliver Mayer, March 2003

LA POSADA MÁGICA by Octavio Solis, December 2002

FEFU AND HER FRIENDS by Maria Irene Fornés, March 2002

VIEQUES by Jorge González, December 2001

HEROES AND SAINTS by Cherrie Moraga, October 2001

THE KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN by Manuel Puig, March 2001

LA POSADA MÁGICA by Octavio Solis, Music by Hawkeye Herman, December 2000

LA NONA by Roberto M. Cossa, English Translation by Raul Moncada, October 2000

WHEN EL CUCUI WALKS by Roy Conboy, May 2000

THE TRUE HISTORY OF COCA COLA IN MEXICO by Aldo Velasco and Patrick Scott, February 2000

HARVEST MOON by José Cruz González, October 1999

ROSITA'S JALAPEÑO KITCHEN by Rodrigo Duarte Clarke, May 1999

LA CASA EN MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros, Adapted by Amy Ludwig, February 1999


SPIRIT DANCING by José Cruz González, June 1998

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefina López, March 1998

¡NO SE PAGA! ¡NO SE PAGA! by Dario Fo, 1997

SANTOS & SANTOS by Octavio Solís, August 1997

LA VÍCTIMA by Teatro de la Esperanza, September 1996

OUR LADY OF THE TORILLA by Luis Santiero, January 1996

GOOD GRIEF LOLITA! by Wilma Bonet, September 1995

ROSARIO'S BARRIO by Rodrigo Duarte Clarke, June 1995

THE LAST ANGRY BROWN HAT by Alfredo Ramos, September 1994

LAS NUEVAS TAMALERAS by Alicia Mena, January 1994


FOOD FOR THE DEAD by Josefina López, May 1993

ROOSTERS by Milcha Sanchez-Scott, 1992

EL ORO DE LOS QUINTEROS AÑOS by Arturo Gomez, Jaime Avarado, & Denis Marks with Teatro Visión, 1992


BRUJERÍAS by Rodrigo Duarte Clarke, 1991

SOLDADO RAZO by Luis Valdez, 1991

BUY! BUY! NAVIDAD! by Manuel Pickett, adapted by Lalo Cervantes with Teatro Visión, 1991


BRUJERÍAS by Rodrigo Duarte Clarke, 1991

¡NO SE PAGA! ¡NO SE PAGA! by Dario Fo, 1988

IMMIGRATION ACTOS by Teatro Visión, 1985

IMAGES OF DECEIT by Anita Quintanilla, Adapted by Teatro Huipil, 1984

Teatro Visión welcomes new Board Member Crystal Black!

Teatro Visión is excited to introduce another new member of our Board of Directors: Crystal Black.Crystal_Black_Headshot_X2544_SQ1_WEB.jpg

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.

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Any contribution is appreciated, no amount is too small or large.  


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