A series of insightful and candid panel discussions and conferences inspires a dialogue between
international and local artists, cultural leaders, students, and multicultural New York audiences.

The Workshops and Master Classes led by visiting international artists provides students and professionals with
a new set of creative tools, while Our Many Voices: a Reading & TalkBack Series features plays in translation by
Iberian-American-Caribbean and U.S. Latino playwrights.


The Art of the Clown
by Cristian David and Fernando Reyes, members of Gallinero Culeko from Mexico

April 15, 2013
Sunnyside Community Services After-School Program at PS150


Tango and The Guitar
by members of 39 Puñaladas
from Argentina

April 17, 2013
PS4M The Duke Ellington School

These workshop for children in grades 2 to 5 are featured events of TeatroStageFest Educational Spring Season 2013.

Made possible through the special support of NYC Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez, Rosie Mendez, Melissa Mark Viverito, Joel Rivera, Manhattan Delegation, as well as Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Staples Foundation, Con Edison, DCA and NYSCA.


TeatroStageFest Winter2012 Season

Master Class 2012

Daniel Piazzolla (Photo: Roey Yohai)

The Percussive Rhythms of Tango and Folklore: a Master Class for Drummers, Percussionists and Musicians, by Daniel Piazzolla


Workshop 2012

The Poetics of the Object:
a Workshop by Jorge Vargas,
Director of Teatro Linea de Sombra









i put the fear of mexico in ’em
A Reading & TalkBack with

Matthew Paul Olmos, Playwright
Julián Mesri
, Director

April 17, 2013 @ 7:30PM


Matthew Paul Olmos
(left photo)





Julián Mesri
(left photo)


La MaMa First Floor Theatre- 74A East 4th Street

Tickets:  FREE
To reserve email your name, phone number and # of tickets to


About the Play
When Jonah and Adray cross the border into Tijuana for a quick vacation, they stumble off the beaten path and come face to face with a Mexican couple in an alley. What ensues is a humorous and complex dance that explores and challenges notions of boundaries, safety and identity.

Vanessa Aspillaga*, Tina Benko*, Teddy Cañez*

Bryn Packard, Flor de Liz Perez*, José Joaquin Perez*
*Courtesy of AEA

About the Artists

Matthew Paul Olmos (Playwright) is a 2013 Sundance Institute UCROSS Playwright, 2012 Princess Grace Fellow in Playwriting, 2012-13 New York Theatre Workshop fellow and two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite. 

In 2012, Sam Shepard was awarded the Ellen Stewart Award to honor his work as a playwright who has consistently challenged conventional theatrical boundaries. As part of the award, Mr. Shepard chose Matthew Paul Olmos to create a new work to be produced at La MaMa. Matthew's play so go the ghosts of México, part one, is the first in his three-play cycle dealing with the U.S./Mexico drug wars. Read more/Buy tickets

Julián J. Mesri (Director)
 is a New York based Argentinean-American director, playwright and composer. He is an Emerging Artist of Color Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop and was a 2010-2011 Van Lier fellow at Repertorio Español. He represented the U.S. in the 2012 edition of Panorama Sur, a seminar featuring playwrights from all over Latin America. Julian's production of 39 Defaults by Mar Gomez-Glez was a featured production at TeatroStageFest 2012.

The staged reading of i put the fear of México in 'em is made possible through the generous support of The Natalie Bailey and Herbert J. Kirshner Foundation with additional support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez and Manhattan Delegation, NYSCA, and Queens College, CUNY. A presentation of TeatroStageFest Spring Season 2013 in partnership with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts and The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Queens College.


Revisiting the Argentine Tango:
Stories of Migration, Hybridity & Pilgrimage
, A Panel Discussion


Thursday, April 18, 5:30 - 7:30PM

Roundtable Presenters:
Alicia Borinsky, Boston Universtiy
Arlene Dávila, New York University
Nora Glickman, Queens College & the GC, CUNY
Marta Savigliano, Univ. of California, Riverside
Anahi Viladrich, Queens College & the GC, CUNY

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Ave., Room C 198, New York
Reception to follow

This event is presented by the NYC Immigrant Heritage Week, the CUNY Academy for Humanities & Sciences, the Immigration Studies Working Group & TeatroStageFest Educational Spring Season 2013; and is sponsored by the LALS Program & the Hispanic Cinema Series at Queens College, and the Latino International Theater Festival of New York, Inc.



TeatroStageFest Winter2012 Season

Panels & Conferences 2012

Borges & Piazzolla in New York

October 5 @ 7PM

Americas Society









Terrance McKnight, Maria Kodama and Hernan Lombardi (Photo: Roey Yohai)

Jorge Luis Borges  and Astor Piazzolla are two of the most renowned and distinct voices to emerge from Buenos Aires, whose major contributions to world Literature and Music are undeniable.

TeatroStageFest celebrated these artists’ 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; and Hernán Lombardi, Minister of Culture of Buenos Aires, moderated by Terrance McKnight, WQXR Radio Host of All Ears with... A demonstration of Tango and a mini-concert by Escalandrum rounded up the program of the evening.

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TeatroStageFest's Encuentro

Saturday, October 20 from 1PM-6PM
Baruch Performing Arts Center

  • 1PM-1:15PM: Welcome address by Jose W. Fernandez, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State in President Obama's Administration, and Co-Founder of the Latino International Theater Festival of New York.
  • 1:15PM-3PM: U.S. Latino Artists Reinterpret the Border. Margarita Espada's, Artistic Director of Teatro Yerbabruja, and German Jaramillo's, Artistic Director of ID Studio NY, developed original theater productions on the themes of the border in collaboration with actors and day laborers who had never performed on stage before. Moderated by Helen Richardson, Associate Profesor of Theater History, Brooklyn College, CUNY
  • Screening of Alex Rivera’s uplifting documentary The Sixth Section about the achievements of Mexican migrant workers in Upstate New York, who came together to make a difference in the lives of their loved ones left behind
  • 3PM-3:30PM:  Screening of La Patrona, a documentary about Mexican women who voluntarily provide food to Central American immigrants traveling by train to the border. Q&A with Leonila Romero González, a Patrona featured in the film. Moderated by Tobie Stein, Head of Graduate Performing Arts Management, Brooklyn College, CUNY
  • 4PM-6PM: At the Crossroads of a Dream: The Impact of the deferred action status and the DREAM ACT on a new generation of young Americans.
    Introduced by Rosie Mendez, NYC Council Member, this panel addressed the impact of the newly approved deferred status for undocumented students. Panelists: NYC Commissioner on Immigrant Affairs Fatima Shama, Oscar Chico, a twenty year old 'Dreamer' from the New School and an activist, as well as Allan Wernick CUNY’s Citizenship and Immigration Project Director, and Joel Magallan, Director of the community based organization Tepeyac. Moderated by Anahi Viladrich, Associate Professor, Depts´ of Sociology & Anthropology, Queens College, CUNY

  • Allan Wernick and Fatima Shama (photo: Marina España)


TeatroStageFest Conference:

Latin American Cultural Leaders

October 22 @ 7PM
Americas Society - 680 Park Ave. – New York













(Photo: Roey Yohai)

This Conference culminated the second edition of the Latino International Theater Festival of New York´s International Cultural Engagement Partnership, following TSF´s two week tour of Amarillo by Teatro Linea de Sombra in Colombia, Brazil and Argentina. It introduced three of the most visionary cultural leaders in South America, presented each leader´s curatorial process, institutional model and the audience policies of their respective institutions.

Panelists: Sandra Meluk, Programming Director of Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Bogota (Colombia), Alberto Ligaluppi, Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Danilo Santos de Miranda, SESC Sao Paulo (Brazil). The discussion was introduced by Margaret Ayers, President of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation President (USA), principal funder of ICEP, and moderated by Patrick Pacheco, NY1 Onstage journalist.



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