It all happened in 2012 at TeatroStageFest

November 20, 2012:
TeatroStageFest developed Project Othello / Proyecto Otelo in close collaboration with Limon Dance Company. The premiere of this original educational arts program took place at the Heritage High School in East Harlem. The workshop was led by Carla Maxwell, Artistic Director of Limon Dance Company, Luis Salgado and Ian Hersey.

Students from the Heritage High School attended the workshop / The adaptation of Othello by Ian Hersey featured Modesto Lacen, Monica Steuer, Yaremis Felix and Luis Alberto Gonzalez

October 22, 2012:
A conference, organized in partnership with Americas Society, culminated the second edition of the Latino International Theater Festival of New York´s International Cultural Engagement Partnership (ICEP) with three major performing arts organizations in South America: Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Bogota (Colombia), Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires (Argentina), and SESC Sao Paulo (Brazil). ICEP received the support of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

Susana Tubert, Alberto Ligaluppi, Sandra Meluk, Sebastian Zubieta, Patrick Pacheco, Danilo Santos de Mirando and Margaret Ayers (Photo: Roey Yohai)

The audience at Americas Society during the ICEP conference and at the reception that followed (Photos: Roey Yohai)

October 20, 2012:
TeatroStageFest Encuentro: panel discussions, screening of two documentaries, questions with the audience. Click here for a more detailed description of the event.

Anahi Villadrich, Professor of Anthropology, Queens College, Moderator of the panel titled "At the Crossroads of a Dream" during TeatroStageFest Encuentro

"The Encuentro was a unique opportunity for learning and sharing about the contributions that immigrants, and Latinos in particular, bring to the US—from the point of view of the arts and culture on the one hand, to their civic and political engagement on the other. As an academic and community activist committed to advocating for immigrants’ human rights, I am looking forward to continuing being part of wonderful conferences, such as this one, in years to come.  Artistic and cultural expressions like Encuentro are much more than educational or entertainment venues. In fact, Encuentro provided a unique awareness-raising opportunity for attendees to get deeply involved with the wide range of issues that immigrants and displaced populations experience in this country, along with helping to foster a remarkable sense of community among all of us—artists, activists, students, scholars, government representatives, and the community at large. Please accept my sincere congratulations for what I believe was an exceptional event."

October 19, 2012:
Following the second performance of Amarillo, the audience engaged in a session of questions and answers with the members of Teatro Linea de Sombra.

Nancy Monahan, Experimental Theater Wing at NYU, Volunteer at TeatroStageFest for the Fall Season

“I just want to say thank you once again for the opportunity to work with Teatro Stage Fest. I met so many wonderful people and gained a lot of experience. It's great to be a part of what goes on behind the scenes. It made me appreciate all the hard work that went into the show (which was, of course, incredible). I really appreciate the time you took to explain how things work. I know it's not always easy dealing with the inexperienced volunteers! I signed up for the mailing list, so I will hear if there are any more volunteer opportunities in the future. I'd love to help out again. Thank you."

October 18, 2012:
TeatroStageFest presented Amarillo, by Mexican company Teatro Linea de Sombra. The New York premiere of the show launched a U.S. tour made possible by Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

Amarillo was presented at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan (Photos: Marina España - left / Susana Tubert - right)

Left: Susana Tubert, Executive Director of TeatroStageFest, Jorge Vargas, Director of Amarillo, and Margaret Ayers, President of Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, surrounded by Teatro Linea de Sombra and TeatroStageFest's staff, on October 18, at the premiere of Amarillo in New York / Right: TeatroStageFest's Community Access Initiative distributed subsidized tickets to members of several community-based organizations Adelante Alliance, La Union and Tepeyac, among others, who the premiere of Amarillo.

Karla Quiñón Rodriguez, Director of Adelante Alliance

Acerca de Amarillo: "A mi grupo le encantó la obra, nos pareció muy buena y sobre todo el concepto de teatro, me refiero a que las personas que fueron nunca habían ido a ver una obra de teatro con un concepto nuevo fuera de lo normal y se fueron muy contentas ya que dos de mis compañeras vivieron esa experiencia de cruzar la frontera y pues se sintieron familiarizadas con el tema, muchas gracias por su esfuerzo de traer este tipo de teatro en español."

October 7, 2012:
Escalandrum presented Piazzolla Plays Piazzolla, a tribute to New Tango master Astor Piazzolla. at LeFrak Concert Hall (Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College).

October 6, 2012:
Escalandrum presented Paquito D'Rivera and Ute Lemper, who have played with Buenos Aires' jazz sextet on numerous stages worlwide, guest-starred in this concert that took place at Birdland.

Photos: Matilde Delich

October 5, 2012:
TeatroStageFest, in partnership with Americas Society, celebrated Jorge Luis Borges and Astor Piazzolla's groundbreaking and timeless artistic visions with an up-close-and-personal conference featuring Jorge Luis Borges’ wife Maria Kodama; the great composer’s grandson Daniel Piazzolla, leader of the jazz sextet Escalandrum; and Hernán Lombardi, Minister of Culture of Buenos Aires.

Gustavo Mozzi, Hernan Lombardi, Sebastian Zubieta, Susana Tubert, Terrance McKnight, Maria Kodama, Daniel Piazzolla and the members of Escalandrum (Photo: Roey Yohai)

A tango performance and a set by Escalandrum rounded up the program of the conference, which was attended by more than 100 audience members (Photo: Roey Yohai)

September 13-16, 2012:
Mariluz Acosta directed and interpreted Mujeres al Desnudo, with performances in Spanish and English, at the Aaron David Hall of the City College of New York. The final performance, on Sept. 16, was followed by a panel discussion focused on the impact of domestic violence on women, men and their families.

Mariluz Acosta and the cast of Mujeres al Desnudo

March 26, 2012:
Jimmy Smits and Jenn Colella starred in the Staged Reading of Deadline, written by Mexican playwright Sabina Berman, at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

Jimmy Smits, Jenn Colella and Sabina Berman on stage (Photos: Gustavo Mirabile)

March - April 2012:

Alita the Show
, a featured TeatroStageFamily presentation, toured Chelsea, East Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood and South Bronx as part of TeatroStageFest's Community Access Initiative

Photo: Freia Canals and Denise Hornitz strike a pose with Susana Tubert, TSF's Executive Director, after their performance at Taino Towers in East Harlem.

March 3, 2012:

TeatroStageFest co-presented with Queens College a Staged Reading of Leo, by Canadian-Chilean playwright Rosa Laborde, directed by Susan Einhorn, at Playwrights Horizon Theater.

Photos: Susana Tubert, Rosa Laborde, Joanne Pottlizer and Susan Einhorn during the TalkBack that followed the Staged Reading / Rosanny Zayas, Thomas Stagnitta, Stephen Winburn, students of the Drama, Theatre & Dance Department at Queens College