Mainstage is the creative center of Pregones Theater's ensemble of Latino actors, musicians, writers, directors, dancers, designers, and technicians. This network includes master-level, mid-career, and early-career artists, and sees mentoring as
a natural component of its activity. As a collective, the artists who participate in Mainstage are committed to a dynamic understanding of ensemble process and the creative benefits it can offer. We are spurred by the experience of diaspora, exile, and migration; by the swift propagation of Puerto Rican popular culture; by the Brechtian principles of Latin American nuevo teatro; and by the wealth of Latino creative expressions in the United States. Mainstage comprises all artistic activity connected to the creation, remounting, and performance of productions in Pregones Theater's original theatrical repertory.
Pregones Theater presents the work of other artists working in theater, dance, music, and related disciplines. The primary goal of the Presenting program is to give our audience an opportunity to sample the full range of contemporary Latino performing arts. The program presents individual artists and companies of broad appeal and peer-recognized merit. Works may be traditional and/or experimental. Our curatorial guidelines favor New York-based artists but we also present artists from the Caribbean, Latin America, and elsewhere in the United States. Alternately, Presenting also features artists who may broker significant intercultural and inter-national exchange and reflection for a diverse audience. Key components are the increasingly popular Family Fun, March Is Music, and Dancin' In Da Bronx series; LGBTQ-themed Asunción Playwrights Project; and the ongoing First Wednesdays/Bronx Culture Trolley partnership with the Bronx Council on the Arts.
Under the heading of Pregones In Motion, our Education program upholds the principles of lifelong learning in the arts, and responds to locally voiced needs for bilingual Latino arts and cultural promotion, alternatives to commercial entertainment, and daytime events suitable for schools, working families, and senior centers alike. Key components include year-round morning and afternoon matinee programming; off-site performances and workshops conducted in collaboration with local community partners; and related implemenation of Boal-inspired forum theater project addressing issues of domestic/relational violence among teens, adults, and the elderly. Related activities include our Circle of Scholars initiative, linking local school and college-level faculty, student leaders, and other cultural workers; and dissemination of community-based arts education, including work with the NYS Arts Learning Standards, the NYC Dept. of Education's Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, and the Creativity Matters! Toolkit of the National Center for Creative Aging.
Pregones Theater was founded as a touring ensemble and continues to travel throughout NY, the greater Tri State area, and beyond. Summer Stage is our season kick-off event, now in its 11th year. The free tour visits mostly outdoors locations and imparts valuable arts presenting knowledge among community hosts. Other Local Touring is done via the joint outreach/education arm of Pregones In Motion. National & International Tours are an equally important part of this program, with performance and artistic residency engagements of variable duration often sponsored by a mix of professional theaters, grassroots organizations, and educational institutions. The Worldwide Virtual Carrousel, a current collaboration with partners in Peru, Belgium, and South Africa, pools resources from all flagship programs to enable theater-based interactions and co-creation of new, multi-lingual stage works.
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Jorge Merced as Loca in El bolero fue mi ruina. Photo by Erika Rojas
The Beep. From left:Rosal Colón, Varín Ayala, Sol Crespo & Elise Hernández.
Photo by Erika Rojas