TEATRX

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TEATRX

A Latinx Theatre Company

ABOUT THE PROJECT

TEATRX is a Latinx theatre company established in 2018 to advance Latinx performance arts in order to be a vital and prominent part of the artistic identity of Houston by representing and supporting the Latinx community, its artists, and its stories. True to our mission in just a few years we have built a community of Latinx artists by providing artistic opportunities to over 50 local artists. Our programming gives the community ownership of the art that is being created for and about them; sparking inspiration in the community, and creating future theatre-goers, and future artists. TEATRX breaks Latinx stereotypes by showcasing the range of Latinidad and universal stories that touch the lives of everyone in the audience. Learn more at www.TEATRX.org

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Your support provides TEATRX with the funds to:

Strengthen the Latinx theatrical community.

Celebrate Latinidad every year during La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts, a short play and short film festival.

Create space for Latinx theatre artists to showcase their talent.

Create new work like the short musical in development, Sexo Y Tortillas.

Produce work that speaks of the varied Latinx experiences.

Hire more Latinx actors and artists than any other theatre company in Houston.

Perform in Latinx communities and Houston’s premiere performance venues.

Rehearse in easily accessible spaces for Houston area performers.

UPCOMING:

La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts at MATCH! 

TEATRX’s annual festival encapsulates Hispanic Heritage Month by exploring rich and inspiring short stories through live theatre and cinema. This year TEATRX is realizing its long-held aspiration of also providing programming for young audiences by adding La Vida Es Cortitos, two performances dedicated to showcasing short plays and films for young audiences ages 5 and up! 

October 4-6, 2024. For tickets visit www.teatrx.org/events

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Our History through 2023

TEATRX produces work that creates awareness and promotes change on social issues that affect our community while developing a community of Latinx artists and building partnerships with local arts and cultural institutions. By producing work that celebrates Latinx stories, history, and social issues, TEATRX is giving the Latinx community a voice and ownership of the art being created.

In 2018, TEATRX produced La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts, to kick off their inaugural year. TEATRX used the underutilized mediums of short plays and short films to advance Latinx theater and film in Houston with multiethnic, multicultural, and multigenerational stories in English and Spanish that better reflected the majority-minority population of Houston. This festival was the first of its kind; no other festival in the nation showcased performance arts and films together. La Vida Es Cortos allowed TEATRX to bring together local Latinx artists and filmmakers from around Latin America to put on a great celebration of Latinx stories.

In 2019, TEATRX produced stage readings and a workshop performance of three new plays with social justice themes. Following each play, TEATRX led community conversations about mass incarceration, veteran mental health, and the complicated relationship between the Black and Latinx communities. That same year TEATRX educated audiences about immigrant rights at the Alley Theatre’s El Zocalo community celebration with the micro play, “Know Your Rights“ by TEATRX co-founder Marissa Castillo. Lastly, TEATRX performed “Las Dos Caras Del Patroncito”, a satire about Labor Rights by El Teatro Campesino, during “A Conversation with Dolores Huerta” in collaboration with Holocaust Museum Houston.

In 2020, due to Covid-19 TEATRX explored and adapted to the virtual world created by the pandemic. TEATRX was fortunate to be awarded a grant to explore new ways to create art virtually while staying true to its mission. The virtual project, “Balcony Scene in Quarantine”, explored theatricality through Zoom. TEATRX produced a five-episode web series that culminated in a live-streamed performance of a bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare‘s famous balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet.” The web series documented the search for theatricality through virtual platforms, the challenges facing Houston theatre artists during the pandemic, and the effects that outside factors (Social Distancing) had on people’s relationships with their loved ones.

In 2021, TEATRX produced its first full-length production and toured it around Houston. “Sonia Flew” by Melinda Lopez shines a light on Operation Pedro Pan, a political maneuver that separated thousands of Cuban children from their parents in the 60s and gave voice to a distinct community with dual identities (Latinx and Jewish). By touring the production to various Houston locations, we reached several communities and invited them to analyze the parallels and shared trauma of familial separation by Holocaust victims, enlisted soldiers leaving their families for war, and the current refugees seeking safety in the US. The “Sonia Flew” tour was made possible by funding awarded to TEATRX by Midtown Entertainment and Cultural District, and through community arts partnerships with Holocaust Museum Houston and MECA.

In 2022, TEATRX was awarded a grant from the BIPOC Arts Network and Fund. This grant made it possible for TEATRX to begin the journey into original work starting with a short musical adaptation entitled, Sexo Y Tortillas – The Musical, which premiered at the 4th Annual La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts Festival. 

After viewing the workshop production of Sexo Y Tortillas – The Musical, in 2023, Stages artistic director Kenn Mcclaughlin commissioned TEATRX to write Stages’ beloved Holiday Panto. In Panto Alicia in Wonderland, as her quinceañera approaches, Alice (not Alicia) questions the tradition and pushes away her culture. But once she falls down the rabbit hole, the magical world around her celebrates all that makes her Alicia. Panto Alicia premiered at Stages in late December 2023. The 5th annual La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts arrived at MATCH in late September. In the 2023 festival, TEATRX realized its long-held aspiration of also providing programming for young audiences by adding “La Vida Es Cortitos”, two performances dedicated to showcasing short plays and films for young audiences ages 5 and up!

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