TeatroStageFest Good News

December 2008

Produce! Workshop was a Success
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More than 100 actors and writers from all cultural backgrounds participated in Produce!, a free all day workshop for non-conformists seeking to bring their own work from the page to the stage.  The event was presented by TeatroStageFest, the Hispanic Organization for Latin Actors (HOLA), and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, with support from the City University of New York, CUNY Graduate Center, Instituto Cervantes and Latin American Cultural Week 2008.  Panelists and moderators included actors and writers Nilaja Sun (No Child), Moisés Kaufman (Gross Indicency, Laramie Project, 33 Variations), Patrick Pacheco (NY1's OnStage), Jorge Merced (Pregones Theater), Lloyd Suh (Second Generation), Puy Navarro(La Vida Es Sueño Producciones), Elena K. Holy (Fringe NYC), Linda Chapman (NY Theater Workshop), John Clinton Eisner (Lark Play Development Center), Dessie Moynihan (The Shubert Organization), Lisa Kopitsky (The Public Theater), Susana Tubert (TeatroStageFest) and Kay Takeda (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council).  Produce! took place on Saturday, November 8th, at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  As a result the Out-of-The-Box Producers' Circle was created on Facebook.  Check it out and join today! 
(Pictured L-R:  Nilaja Sun, Moisés Kaufman, Puy Navarro.  Photo by Michael J. Palma)
Latino Heritage & Culture Award
ST_DiRivera_ThompsonTSF Executive Producer and Co-Founder Susana Tubert received the Latino Heritage and Culture Award 2008 for her leadership in supporting Latino theater year-round through the Latino International Theater Festival of New York, Inc. and the annual TeatroStageFest.  The award was presented by New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, in a ceremony co-sponsored by ASPIRA of New York, the Hispanic Federation, and Latino Justice PRLDEF, held at Local 32BJ.   Ms. Tubert was also acknowledged for 18 years as one of the leading Latina stage, film, and television directors in the nation.  Congratulations!
(Pictured L-R:  Susana Tubert, the Hon. William C. Thompson, and Latin Music Legend Paquito D'Rivera.  Photo by Michael J. Palma)
Jose FernandezIn addition, TSF Chairman and Co-Founder Jose W. Fernandez received the 2008 El Award granted each by El diario/LA PRENSA, the oldest Spanish language newspaper in the nation, to prominent Latino leaders in New York.  A partner and director at Latham & Watkins, Fernandez is a member of the New York City Commission for Latin Media & Entertainment, and has forged a strong record as an advocate for Latino culture and arts.  In 2005 he co-founded TeatroStageFest to support Latino theater artists and companies, nurture the next generation of Latino theater goers, and make New York the leading city for Latino theater production in the nation.  Congratulations to Jose and the other TSF partners who also received the 2008 El Award: Calixto Chinchilla (Founder and Director of the Latino International Film Festival of New York), Jorge B. Merced (Artistic Director of Pregones Theater), Luis Miranda (President of the MirRam Group), Ramon J. Pineda (Vice President and General Manager of Univision 41/Telefutura 68), Jorge E. Reynardus (President of Reynardus & Moya Advertising), and Carlos Vasallo (General Manager of Latin Vision Media), among others.
(Pictured: Jose W. Fernandez)


New Step in International Cultural Exchange
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Theatre Communications Group have provided TeatroStageFest with a New Generations Program - Future Collaborations Award, in support of the organization's initiative to promote cultural collaborations between the City of New York and abroad.  The award in the form of a grant will facilitate TeatroStageFest's participation in the world-renowned Santiago a Mil Theater Festival (January 2009), where the organization will represent New York in a global network of international Latino theater festivals.