The Season of Giving

MACARIO 2015 JacalAs we gather this week to give thanks for our many blessings, we are also approaching the end of the year, when we call upon you to renew your support of our work. Like most nonprofit arts groups, ticket sales account for less than a third of our program expenses. Donations from friends like you enable us to deliver high-quality theater and arts education to thousands of community members each year.

Teatro Visión is a unique voice in our community. Our plays touch the fabric of Latino and Chicano culture, while also creating a sense of pride and awareness within the larger community. With that in mind, we’re proud to see MACARIO develop into a Día de los Muertos tradition for San José and the Silicon Valley. The production’s success year after year proves that its themes of social justice and human dignity resonate within our community today.

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Teatro seeks to fill management position

Friends of Teatro,

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve Teatro Visión as interim Managing Director for the past two and a half years. Together with our amazing staff, artists, and board of directors, we've established MACARIO as a Día de los Muertos tradition for San José, engaged with thousands of local youth through our teatro classes and student matinee performances, and significantly improved our financial situation in the wake of a near collapse.

As many of you are aware, I will be running for a seat on the San José City Council in 2016. In order to ensure continuity of dedicated leadership and success for Teatro, I will be stepping down from my position as of January 1st, and the Board of Directors has issued the following Request for Qualifications to fill a new management position. I will be staying on in an advisory capacity as the incoming manager gets up to speed.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the Teatro Família for everything you've done and continue to do to support our unique and vital work. I look forward to seeing you all very soon in the community — or at the theater!

Peter Allen
Managing Director

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Teatro welcomes new board member: Herminia Ojeda

Herminia Ojeda headshotJust before opening night of MACARIO, Teatro Visión was excited to welcome Herminia Ojeda as the newest member of our Board of Directors. Herminia has lived in San José for 12 years after moving here from Los Angeles to complete her industrial engineering degree at San José State. She currently works as a financial advisor for Amerprise Financial Services, where one of her top priorities is to assist and provide financial literacy to underrepresented communities.

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MACARIO Audience Survey

MACARIO 2015 Art MacThank you to all who attended Teatro Visión's 2015 production of MACARIO! Whether this was your first time experiencing this Día de los Muertos tradition, or you're one of our regular patrons, we hope you enjoyed the show.

To help us better serve our community, please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey about your experience.

We encourage you to be as honest as possible so we can continue to improve our programs. And feel free to share the link with friends and family who joined you at the show.

Again, thank you very much for joining us at MACARIO. We hope to see you again soon!

P.S. If you liked MACARIO and want to help us put on more shows, please consider making a tax deductible donation of whatever you can afford.

Teatro welcomes new board member: Cristina Garcia

Cristina_Garcia_headshot.jpgEarlier this month, Teatro Visión was pleased to welcome Cristina Garcia as the newest member of our Board of Directors. Cristina currently works in Ecosystem Partner Marketing for Gigamon. Previous to Gigamon, she worked for Latina Coalition Silicon Valley, SugarCRM,and Plantronics. 

Cristina serves as 2017 ELLA Chair for the Board of Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley, Board member at Latinas Contra Cancer and is now on the board of Teatro Vision! Welcome, Cristina 

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Platica with Gabriel Figueroa Flores

GFJ with pic of fatherTeatro Visión is honored to partner with the Consul General of México in San José to host a “platica” (talk) with Gabriel Figueroa Flores, a renowned photographer and son of the famed Mexican cinematographer, Gabriel Figueroa, whose work included the Academy Award-nominated film Macario. The platica is scheduled for 6:00pm on Friday, October 16, 2015, at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza (1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San José).

This event is being held in conjunction with Teatro Visión’s annual production of MACARIO, a one-of-a-kind theatrical adaptation of the film and original novel by B. Traven, which runs October 15-25. Only guests with tickets for the October 16th performance will be admitted to the platica. Members of the press and dignitaries are advised to request admission in advance.


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Volunteer for Teatro and see MACARIO for free

Team TeatroDo you love teatro? Were you planning to see MACARIO? Want to go behind the scenes and play a part in making this year's production the best yet?

Teatro Visión is in need of outgoing and industrious volunteers to help staff the theater on performance nights. You may find yourself greeting guests, working the will call window, showing people to their seats, or selling pan dulce and raffle tickets.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about all that goes into a professional, nonprofit theatrical production — and meet some fun people in the process! As a small token of our thanks, you'll also get a FREE ticket to the performance of your choice (excluding Gala Night).

Click here to sign up today!

BONUS POINTS: If you find 3 friends to join you, we'll give you a shout out in the stage announcements that night!

MACARIO tickets on sale NOW

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Now through Labor Day, you can order tickets for the 2015 production of MACARIO at $10 off the door price by taking advantage of our "Early Bird" program! This year's production is already shaping up to be an amazing spectacle of theater, music, dance, and artistry.

We hope you'll join us at the School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza from October 15-25.

Click here to order tickets today!

If you'd like to learn more about MACARIO, including how to request discounted tickets for students, organizations, or other groups, please visit our website or send an email to Community Engagement Manager Melissa Lozano at [email protected].

Teatro at SJZ Summer Fest 2015

SJZ 2015

The 26th annual San José Jazz Summer Fest takes over the urban core of downtown San José from August 7-9, with a stellar lineup of international stars, emerging artists and regional favorites. Attendees will enjoy 100+ performances on 13 indoor and outdoor stages playing jazz, salsa, blues, R&B, New Orleans and more.

We hope you'll join us at the festival, and be sure to stop by our booth near the Salsa Stage on Saturday an Sunday. If you'd like to volunteer in the booth in exchange for a free day pass to Summer Fest, please email us today.

This year’s roster includes Oakland’s iconic funk band Tower of Power; female supergroup Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project, with Oleta Adams, Ledisi, Tia Fuller, and a powerhouse of female artists joining them on stage; Latin jazz legend Eddie Palmieri; contemporary jazz star Brian Culbertson; famed neo-soul group The Internet; Kamasi Washington, recently made famous for his work on Kendrick Lamar's 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly; straight-ahead master John Pizzarelli, among many others.

Want to dance? Exciting trombonist Doug Beavers presents Titanes del Trombón the Friday of the fest for an indoor, late-night salsa dance party. Legendary DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad from a Tribe Called Quest also takes us into the wee hours. And learn ballroom, swing, and lindy all weekend long with dance lessons on the Adobe Swing Stage. Browse through these acts, and dozens more artists; full line-up is available now at

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MACARIO returns for 3rd annual production

July 16, 2015

CONTACT: Peter Allen, Managing Director, [email protected], (408) 396-1847

Teatro Visión presents 3rd annual production of Día de los Muertos classic MACARIO

MACARIO y MuerteSAN JOSÉ, CA -- Teatro Visión’s MACARIO, a one-of-a-kind theatrical adaptation of the classic Mexican novel and award-winning film, will return for a third annual production October 15-25, 2015, at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza (1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San José).

MACARIO incorporates culturally vibrant music and dance to create a visually exciting celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The play is set in pre-independence Mexico of the late 18th Century, but its themes of resilience, creativity, and economic inequality are just as relevant in the United States today. Often compared to Dickens’ Christmas Carol, the parable-like story features three spirits who attempt to persuade a poor father of five (Macario) to reflect on his choices when he comes into the fortune of having a full turkey to eat. It is a work steeped in magic and history that is part of the fabric of Mexican culture and is fast becoming an annual tradition for San José and Silicon Valley.

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