Ep. 19: Patrick Torres Talks Latinx Theater and ‘West Side Story’

Ep. 19: Patrick Torres Talks Latinx Theater and ‘West Side Story’

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When we talk about Latinx theater in the United States, we are not talking about a trend that started with In the Heights or Hamilton. We are talking about a movement that effectively began in the fields of central California with El Teatro Campesino. And that’s what we are talking about today, Latinx theater, with Patrick Torres, Artistic Director of Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT). RLT is putting the finishing touches on their West Side Story Symphony Concert being presented May 18th and 19th with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. The concert is part of a worldwide series of events celebrating the 100th Birthday of Composer Leonard Bernstein.

About the Guest

Patrick Torres is RLT’s Artistic Director and has more than a decade of experience as a professional director and theatre educator. His work as a freelance director has been seen at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Southwest Shakespeare Festival, Round House Theatre, The Source Festival, and the Hangar Theatre among others. In 2003, he was selected as a Drama League Directing Fellow and in 2005 was named a Young Leader of Color by the Theatre Communications Group. He has an MFA in Directing from the University of Southern Mississippi. Patrick will be directing the PlayMakers Repertory Company production of Native Gardens in April 2020.

Resources & Credits

Special thanks to Elizabeth Quesada for providing the audio of America from a rehearsal of the West Side Story Symphony Concert. She is playing Anita in RLT’s concert version. You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram @elizabethmquesada.

Click any of the links below to find out more about Latinx theater OR learn more about the theater companies Patrick mentioned in this episode.

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