We are delighted to introduce our new Artistic Director, Rodrigo García! Many of you know Rodrigo already, as he's been with Teatro Visión for many years as an actor, director, instructor, translator, Artistic Associate, and, most recently, Associate Artistic Director. You may know him best as the director behind our last 3 productions of Macario!
Learn more about Rodrigo on our Staff page
Rodrigo is taking over the Artistic Director position from our Founding Artistic Director Elisa Marina Alvarado, who has been the artistic leader of Teatro Visión since its founding in 1984. Elisa continues to work with us as a member of the artistic team developing our new play, scheduled to premiere in October 2018.
Here is what Rodrigo has to say:
I feel very humbled and honored to be walking in the steps of Elisa Marina Alvarado, to continue the work she started and nurtured during the past 33 years. I am looking forward to helping carry the artistic vision of this company rooted in our values of social justice, informed by our experiences as Chicanx/Latinx.
Because of a $2,500 matching gift from some of our biggest supporters, your gift between now and May 5 can have double the impact!
Yaocihuatl – the girl you see here – was a shy little girl. After 3 years with Teatro Visión, she is a student leader at her school and a forever part of our Teatro Visión family.
Your gift lets us offer the classes that taught Yaoci to use theater as a force for social change. Your gift supports the plays where she performs for audiences of more than 500 fans! Your gift lets us offer tickets for just $10, so everyone in her family and her community can afford to come see her shine on stage!
Your $25 becomes $50
Your $50 becomes $100
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Give your gift today at www.teatrovision.org/May_5
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.
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.
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/Teatrovision
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.Read more
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!