Teatro Bravo produces plays in English and Spanish that promote a complex portrait of U.S. Latino and Latin American populations of Arizona, and also seeks to develop the talents of Latino actors, directors, playwrights, designers, stage managers, and administrators.
By the 1990’s, Phoenix, Arizona, was already one of the top ten most populated cities in the country and by the end of the decade the Hispanic population in the city reached 34 percent (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). Despite these striking statistics, Phoenix did not have an established theatre company that produced Latino-themed plays even though there were occasional attempts by local Latino artists to stage productions. There were also traveling theatre troupes that brought productions to Phoenix and in some instances, mainstream theatre companies produced a token Latino-themed play.
Motivated by the demographic statistics and the lack of Latino theatrical productions in Phoenix, in the summer of 2000, Guillermo Reyes, Daniel Enrique Pérez and Trino Sandoval, launched the first season of Teatro Bravo, a bilingual theatre company. The mission of Teatro Bravo would be to produce quality Latino-themed plays in English and Spanish. Teatro Bravo’s goal was to promote the complex portrait of the Latin American populations in the United States and to entertain and enlighten with diverse, unpredictable, sometimes confrontational, but always caring and engaged theatre. Teatro Bravo wanted to reach audiences to learn about the triumphs and troubles of Latin American culture through theatre. It was also of prime importance for us to develop and showcase the much needed talents of Latino actors, directors, playwrights, choreographers and designers. The personal and educational backgrounds of our founding members, their community involvement, and our professional experiences proved to be the perfect combination for a successful launching of Teatro Bravo!
Guillermo Reyes, a Chilean-born playwright and Arizona State University professor of Playwriting, had a culturally inclusive and innovative vision as our artistic director. Daniel Enrique Perez, a Phoenix native, now a professor of Chicana/o and Latina/o studies at University of Nevada, Reno, with a background in U.S. Latino culture, became our managing director. Trino Sandoval, a native-born Mexican with a California upbringing and professor of Spanish at Phoenix College with an educational background in Mexican and Latin American culture, took on the role of executive producer. Seven years later, we had produced more than twenty plays and readings.
Ricky is an Arizona based theatre artist and movement specialist. A graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Theatre in 2004 and a M.F.A in Theatre for Youth and Communities in 2017, Ricky went on to become an ensemble member of Childsplay Inc., in Tempe, AZ from 2004 to today. In 2009 he decided to challenge himself, and enrolled in a year long study of Physical Ensemble Based Theatre at Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake, CA. In 2010, Ricky returned to Phoenix and continues to work as an actor, director and teaching artist throughout the Valley.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
David W. Foster; Ph.D. Arizona State University
Jorge Huerta; Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Juana Suarez; Ph.D. University of Kentucy, Lexington
Pam Sterling; Ph.D. Arizona State University