We create and elevate unapologetically truthful and fearless Latinx artistry that reflects the complex portrait of our community. We provide brave, equitable, inclusive and accessible storytelling experiences that create brave spaces for artistic discovery and expression.
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.
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.