Teatro Visión is a unique voice in San José and the Silicon Valley. Our plays touch the fabric of Latino and Chicano culture, while also creating a sense of pride and awareness within the larger community. Our innovative teatro classes encourage youths to strengthen their critical thinking, self-confidence, communication, and problem-solving skills.
San José is a city in need of Teatro. Census numbers show 33% of the city’s population to be Latino, including a majority of residents in East San José, where our work is focused. 39% of all residents are foreign born, and 55% speak a language other than English at home. Additionally, according to recent statistics, one in four Silicon Valley residents live below the poverty line.
By providing opportunities for Latino youth – and immigrants of all ages and ethnicities – to experience live theater, participate in interactive programs, and learn about critical social justice issues, Teatro Visión presents a vital avenue to community engagement and empowerment.
As we approach the end of the year, we look forward to continuing our teatro classes this winter, including our first-ever youth showcase performance. But we need your help to fill a gap in our funding to complete this exciting project and give young teatristas a chance to shine on stage!
Why it matters?
Like most arts organizations, ticket sales account for less than 30% of our income. We rely on contributions from our community to sustain our work. Thank you in advance for considering us. We hope you will join our família by making a donation of any amount today.
How will the funds be used?
Here’s how your donation will make an impact:
- $100 – Provides a full scholarship for one low-income youth to participate our teatro classes
- $50 – Supports our artists and instructors who regularly volunteer their time
- $25 – Pays for a family of 5 to attend our youth showcase performance
You can also help by sharing our work with your friends, family, and colleagues. Visit www.teatrovision.org to learn more!
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Russell C Rodriguez
Jose M Pena
Lydia E Morales
Lorena M. Montoya
Janice P. Allen
Mary H Doherty
Marilyn L Roaf
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Elisa Marina Alvarado
Elisa Marina Alvarado is a founding member and longtime Artistic Director of Teatro Visión, which this year celebrates 31 years creating and performing theater of self-determination and hope. For over three decades, Elisa has worked for social justice as an actress, director, social worker, and community organizer. She has taught theater for Teatro Visión, San José State University, San Francisco State University, and many community organizations. Elisa developed a new works program, Codices, through which Teatro Visión has produced world premieres including Conjunto (Oliver Mayer), Boxcar (Silvia González), Visitors Guide to Arivaca and Perla (Leonard Madrid). She has directed numerous plays for Teatro Visión including productions of Bless Me, Ultima, Perla, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, Hero, the 1996 and 2006 productions of La Víctima, Boxcar, The Lady From Havana, When El Cucui Walks, and Spirit Dancing. Elisa also established Teatro Visión’s innovative theater training program, the Instituto de Teatro. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Achievement and received the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission’s James McEntee Lifetime Achievement award.
Artistic Associate & Production Director
Rodrigo García is an accomplished actor, educator and translator, and a graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City in modern dance and drama. His previous stage credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Yerma, Bury the Dead, The Woman Who Fell From The Sky, School of the Americas, Vistor’s Guide to Arivaca, and La Victima. He is a fellow of the Theater Communications Group (TCG), a graduate of 1st Act Silicon Valley’s Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI) Class of 2009, and a member of the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).
Mateo (Mathew) Espinosa is an actor, director, and educator based in San José. He studied acting and directing along with Spanish and elementary education at Vanderbilt University and second language teaching at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Mathew has blended his passion for teaching, acting, and working with bilingual students throughout his career as a bilingual educator in grades K-8. During that time, he has led acting workshops for children at schools in San Diego and San José, along with teaching youth teatro classes for Teatro Visión. Additionally, he has performed and directed plays in Nashville, Honolulu, and Sacramento, including performances with the Sacramento Chicano theater group, Teatro Espejo, of Santos & Santos by Octavio Solís and Under a Western Sky by Amparo García-Crow. Currently, Mathew serves as Coordinator of Multilingual Education Services at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
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