The Los Angeles Theatre Center Hosts Encuentro 2014

Month-long festival features 150 Latino artists from across the country

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: September 8, 2014

The Los Angeles Theatre Center Hosts Encuentro 2014

The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) in association with the Latina/o Theatre Commons proudly presents Encuentro 2014, a month-long celebration of Latina/o theater from October 12 through November 10. This groundbreaking month-long event is the first theater festival in the U.S. to bring together more than 19 theater companies and 150 artists from the U.S. and Puerto Rico to present 19 works that represent the multi-faceted Latina/o experience on stage ÔÇô from violence at the border and pressing immigration concerns to the complexities of romantic relationships and families.

"Ultimately the festival will create a dynamic creative environment that we hope becomes the legacy of a national Latina/o Theater movement," said Jose Luis Valenzuela, LATC Artistic Director and Encuentro founding producer. "Encuentro represents nothing less than the coming of age of Latina/o theater in this country."

Through its poignant and powerful performances, the historic festival's goal is to expose audiences to the complex Latina/o experience with a range of productions that offer something for all. The festival features Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, English and Spanish-language productions, devised theater, experimental work, ensemble-based and solo shows.

More than three years in the making, the LATC Encuentro 2014 is made possible through generous support of Southwest Airlines, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and The L.A. County Arts Commission. A partnership with the L.A. Unified School District will also ensure that 10,000 high school students will experience this festival through a student matinee program.

More than a festival, the national theater event seeks to provide an opportunity for artists to explore aesthetics and art making. Artists will not only perform but will work together during the month-long residency to share their creative methodologies in artistic workshops that will culminate in public performances of co-created devised works. Public conversations about the works will include post-performance discussions, roundtable conversations, symposia, with distinguished speakers such as members of established theatrical groups Culture Clash, El Teatro Campesino, and the Latino Theater Company.

Tickets go on sale September 5th. Through the generous support of our partners, a limited number or tickets will be made available at $20. Tickets for all events will be $35. For show schedules, individual tickets, group sales, and festival passes, visit www.thelatc.org or call 866-811-4111.

The majority of programming will occur at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, in the heart of the revived downtown historic core at 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90013, with two off-site productions participating. Visit www.thelatc.org for more information.

THE LOS ANGELES THEATRE CENTER (LATC) is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and is operated by the Latino Theater Company. Established in 2006, LATC operates as a world class performing arts center for those pursuing artistic excellence; a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed; a place where the convergence of people, cultures, and ideas contribute to the future. LATC is located in the heart of the revived downtown historic core at 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Tickets for all events are available at (866) 811-4111 or online at www.thelatc.org

THE LATINA/O THEATRE COMMONS (LTC) is a growing network and a digital workspace made up of passionate, articulate, driven Latina/o theatre makers and scholars from across the country. The LTC is a self-organized collective that has chosen to adopt a commons-based approach to advocate for Latina/o theatre as a vital, significant presence in the not-for-profit theatre sector. They foster emergent national leadership through an organic organizing method of activating our existing networks and expanding our circles of connection. They cultivate our collective wisdom through conscious conversation and conscientious community. The four tenets of the Latina/o Theatre Commons are Advocacy, Convening/Networking, Art-making, and Scholarship. The LTC seeks to celebrate diverse connections, honor the past with reflection, and envision the future with optimism and enthusiasm. Infrastructure for the LTC is provided by HowlRound: A Center for the Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College. For more information visit http://howlround.com/latina/o-theatre-commons

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