Chicano Theatre Essay

912 Words May 11th, 2013 4 Pages
Midterm Report
THEATRE 100

Chicano Theatres

Chicano Theatre is a relatively young genre of theatre in comparison to the traditional theatre that date back centuries. It was in the 1960’s that the term Chicano became prevalent in the United States. Chicano is used only of Mexican Americans, not of Mexicans living in Mexico. It was originally an informal term in English (as in Spanish), and the spelling of the first recorded instance in an American publication followed the Spanish custom of lowercasing nouns of national or ethnic origin (The Free Dictionary 2003). The transition of the meaning Chicano has varied throughout the decades, but it still holds its politically charged roots strong. The inspiration of Chicano
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His awards include, Presidential Medal of the Arts, the prestigious Aguila Azteca Award,
Governors Award of the California Arts Council. Best known works: Zoot Suit, La
Bamba, and Corridos, winner of the George Peabody Award. He continues to work and mentor a new generation of theatre artists at El Teatro Campesino
Playhouse (El Teatro Campesino 2009). Another head figure in Chicano Theatre is Jorge Huerta (PhD, University of California Santa Barbara) PhD Faculty. Huerta holds the Chancellor's Associate's Endowed Chair III. He is a leading authority on contemporary Chicana/o and US Latina/o Theatre as well as a professional director. Jorge Huerta has also directed in theatres across the country, including the San Diego Repertory, Seattle’s' Group Theatre, Washington D.C.’s Gala Hispanic Theatre, La Compañía de Teatro de Albuquerque and New York's Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre(UCSD 2009). Some of the leading Chicano Theatre groups include Teatro Vision (San Jose, Ca), El Centro Su Teatro (Denver, Co), and of course El Teatro Campesino (San Juan Bautista, Ca). Some of the more popular plays in Chicano Theatre include La Posada, La Gran Carpa de los Rasquachis and Bernabe. There have been many noteworthy actors in the genre including Diane Rodriguez, Valenzuela Gutierrez, Socorro Valdez, Jose Delgade and Andres Valenzuela Gutierrez. There were a plethora of choices of writing this assignment, all of which would have been great to research and learn about.

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