(Un)Documents by Jesus I. Valles

(Un)Documents by Jesus I. Valles
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
February 6th-16th, 2020

Teatro Vivo is proud to present the award winning production of (Un)Documents by Jesus I. Valles at the Mexican American Cultural Center this February! Comprised of poems, journal entries, and immigration paperwork, (Un)Documents is a struggle to tell and an attempt to figure out what’s worth telling. It is an attempt to ask questions about how we talk about citizenship, documentation, its absence, and what, if anything, comes from telling. Mostly, “it’s a story about me and my brothers and some papers.”

(Un)Documents is a multiple B. Iden Payne Award winner for Outstanding Actor in a Drama (Jesus I. Valles), Outstanding Director of a Drama (Rudy Ramirez), and Outstanding Original Script. It is also an Austin Critics Table Award recipient for Excellence in Direction (Rudy Ramirez) and in was named one of Robert Faires’s Top10 Theatrical Treasurers of 2018 in the Austin Chronicle.


  • Thursday February 6th (preview night) @8pm
  • Friday February 7th (official opening) @8pm
  • Saturday February 8th (ASL Interpreted) @8pm
  • February 13th, 14th, 15th @8PM
  • FEBRUARY 9th and 16th @2PM

Tickets are available HERE!

WATCH a sneak peek HERE

2020 Austin Latinx New Play Festival

AUSTIN, Texas – Teatro Vivo is pleased to announce the 2020 Austin Latinx New Play Festival presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, to run May 14 to May 16, 2020.

My Mother the Sun 
by Massi Monfiletto
Massi’s a playwright and essayist from Albuquerque, NM currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in theatre about borders and takes her influences from the many incredible Latinx playwrights and poets working to shake up the current theatre scene. My Mother the Sun was recently performed as part of the Echo Theatre’s Young Playwrights in Residence program. Check out their other plays at New Play Exchange, particularly Penelope Clefts Herself in Two Along an Invisible Line (NTI Fall 2017), Las Marthas (Drake University 2018), and Calypso in Harlem (Great Plains Theatre Conference.) Special thanks to Boni Alvarez, who gives sensational advice, and Lourdes Gutierrez Najera, without whom this play could not have been made.


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by Jaymes Sanchez
Jaymes Sanchez is a Texan playwright, actor, director, and educator. Jaymes’s work portrays the complex, poetic, and underrepresented lives of people of color and the urban working class. Jaymes’s play THE CUCUY WILL FIND YOU was featured in the Lark’s Playwrights’ week 2019. SODA FROM WATER CUPS was a finalist for the Latinx Theatre Commons’ 2018 Carnaval of New Latinx work. Jaymes’s play WHO OWNS WHAT was featured in Artists’ Theater of Boston’s production of THIS PLACE/DISPLACED, a series of short plays about displacement, eviction, and gentrification. Jaymes is a Company One Playlab Fellow for 2019 and was a member of the Company One PlayLab Unit for 2018. Jaymes earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Brown University and taught English and Theatre at Milton High School. Jaymes is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.
(trans)formada by lily gonzales
lily gonzales (they/them) is a playwright from San Antonio, Texas who graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelor’s in Theater & Dance / English. Their play (trans)formada was runner up for the Latinx, Rosa Parks, & National Undergraduate Playwriting Award from The John F. Kennedy Center in 2019. They’re currently working on a full-length play about queer artists at an artist’s residency in West Texas.

Take Care by Ryan Oliveira

Ryan Oliveira is a playwright, dramaturg, songwriter, and performer. Recent productions include: Desire in a Tinier House (Pride Films and Plays, 2019) and Soccer Player in the Closet (Nothing Without a Company, 2019). He has had his work developed with Prop Thtr, Activate: Midwest, The New Colony, and Broken Nose Theatre. He has also been a finalist for the 2019 Disquiet Luso-American Fellowship and a semifinalist for the O’Neill Theatre Conference (Chaos, 2017; The Rigel Event, 2014). Both Desire in a Tinier House and stray have been included in Steppenwolf Theatre’s The Mix, highlighting plays with diverse casts seeking further development and production throughout the United States. MFA: The University of Iowa, 2015; BA: Cornell University, 2008. You can check out more of his work at: www.ryanoliveira.com

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

La Pastorela

Diablos, angelitos, y pastores – valgame! It must be December! Teatro Vivo is proud to present La Pastorela 2019, adapted and directed by Teatro Vivo founder Rupert Reyes. A tradition since the 16th century, La Pastorela is an annual Yuletide play that has been performed all over Mexico and Latinoamerica. Passed from generation to generation, La Pastorela tells the story of shepherds as they embark on a journey and encounter angels and demons who will test their strength and faith along their pilgrimage. La Pastorela has been an Austin tradition for more than 40 years, and we can’t wait to share this marvelous cultural celebration with you and your whole family!

In a world fraught with conflict where cruelty is louder than kindness, La Pastorela reminds us what is possible with community, heart, and a little singing. Join us in celebrating the spirit of the season with this Austin community tradition December 12th through the 22nd. Clemencia Zapata returns as music director for this production, and we could not be more thrilled. We’ll also be hosting a special “pay-what-you-wish” preview night and a Friday night opening reception.

This year La Pastorela takes a closer look at the refugees that seek the promise of a better life with humor and warmth. We’ll be inviting organizations like Casa Marianela, RAICES, Jolt, and other community partners! Join us!

La Pastorela 2019 is written and directed by Rupert Reyes.


December 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st @8PM and 15th and 22nd at 2PM.

Tickets are available HERE

Aftershock/La Replica

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Directed by Karen Alvarado
November 14th-24th, 2019

AFTERSHOCK/LA RÉPLICA is a world premiere stage-play that explores new dimensions of Latinx military service.

The Latinx soldiers and citizens in this play expect military service to reinforce their identity and ideas about family, patriotism, and even sexuality, but the military is often a place that mixes up the moral compass, and one’s sense of self, and invents a new identity.

Here in 2019, white nationalists are trying to jam Latinos into second-class citizenship, and art that tells our story is the surest way to crush their lies beneath our feet. Latino military service has always been a way for us to prove our status both as providers for our families, and as protectors of our country. This November, we get the chance to honor the service and lives of our ancestors and families by looking at the messy, sexy details of what it means to be a Latinx U.S. soldier.

The script draws on first-person narratives, interviews, archival sources, Latinx poetry, veteran writings, rumors, legends, and some of the best ATX imaginations. Thinkery & Verse, Teatro Vivo, Canopy Theatre, and ArtSpark are proud to be a part of the inaugural Austin Veteran Arts Festival (AVA Fest) at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The ‘MACC’ is Austin’s only theater venue located in the lightning hot Rainey Street district.

NOVEMBER 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd @8PM

NOVEMBER 17th and 24th @2PM

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Más Cara & the Futurx Festival


NOVEMBER 1-16, 2019 8PM

Presented by The VORTEX and Teatro Vivo

In her new bilingual play, Krysta Gonzales brings together archetypes of Latina womanhood to dance, bicker, share chisme, heal old wounds, and insist that being “too much” is what makes them just perfect. Our tias and madres blend with Coatlicue, Tonantzin (La Virgen of Guadalupe), and La Llorona.


Now based in Los Angeles, VORTEX Company member Krysta Gonzales has been working with The VORTEX since 2010, primarily as an actor and choreographer. Teatro Vivo nurtured the early development of Más Cara during the Austin Latino New Play Festival in 2016, and it was named as one of the Top 10 Unproduced Latinx Plays of 2017 by the 50 Playwrights Project, Over the past year, director Rudy Ramirez has workshopped the play with Avante Theatre Project in preparation for its debut production as the featured show of FuturX Festival 2019. Now, The VORTEX and Teatro Vivo partner to present the world premiere of Más Cara by Krysta Gonzales at The VORTEX for the first 3 weeks of November.


Florinda Bryant, Martinique Duchene-Phillips, Michael Galvan, Olivia Jimenez, Barbara Mojica, Eva McQuade, Lori Navarrete, and Malyssa Quiles.


Directed by Rudy Ramirez. Choreography by Mario Alberto Ramirez. Scenic Design by Alex Casillas. Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony. Costume Design by Aaron Kubacak. Prop Design by Cortney DeAngelo. Sound Design by Johann Mahler. Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley. Teresa Cruz, Assistant Director. Jesus Valles, Community Outreach.

Photo Credit: Errich Petersen


Más Cara is funded and supported is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, Teatro Vivo, Bloomberg Philanthropies, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet

Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet
by Maria Rocha
and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
with music by Héctor Martínez-Morales
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
October 3-12, 2019

Thirteen-year old María is having trouble in school, so her Mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in Laredo. There, María is told the ancient story of young Yana Wana, who followed a revered deer to find water and save her people. Yana Wana’s story exposes and amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride. A beautiful and original play that illustrates the power of heritage and the value of one’s own story – especially one as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas.

Public Performances:

Friday, October 4th 7PM (Austin, TX)

Saturday, October 5th 11AM; 2PM (Austin, TX)

Sunday, October 6th 11AM; 2PM (Austin, TX)

Friday, October 11th 7PM (Austin, TX)

Saturday, October 12th 11AM; 2PM (Austin, TX)

Wednesday, October 16th 7PM (San Marcos, TX)

Purchase Tickets Here!

Children under 12 year $5
Students 13 and older, veterans, elders $10
General Admission $15
Reserved Seating $20

Running time: approx. 50 min; no intermission

Performances October 4th-12th
Emma S. Barrientos
Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Free parking at the theatre. Please be sure to get a parking pass from the attendant on duty when you arrive at the theatre.

Performances October 16th
Goodnight Auditorium
1301 TX-123
San Marcos, TX 78666


If you are interested in bringing your students to see this performances; please CLICK HERE for more information!


This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the San Marcos Arts Commission.

Swimming While Drowning

Teatro Vivo proudly presents Swimming While Drowning by Emilio Rodríguez, presented at the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center, directed by Alexis A. Arredondo.

Angelo and Mila are fifteen and homeless. Angelo is a dreamer, and Mila is a streetwise realist. But when they become roommates at a shelter for LGBTQ teens, they build a fragile bond that inspires them to reach for understanding and self-acceptance.  Emilio Rodriguez’s poetic coming-of- age story celebrates the healing power of hope, and the beautiful mystery of being a teenager.

July 11-21, 2019
Emma S. Barrientos – Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St, Austin, TX 78701

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

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Emilio RodriguezEmilio Rodríguez began his theatrical career at the age of 2, performing one-kid adaptations of The Wizard of Oz in his parents’ living room using a broom, a funnel and his mama’s high heels. Since then, his plays have been performed in Texas, California, Oregon, Minnesota, Michigan, and Florida. Some of his career highlights include being part of the inaugural Carnaval Festival of Latinx Playwrights, being the inaugural Michigan playwright for the Mitten Lab, being the guest playwright for the Theatre Kalamazoo festival, and being part of the anthology Scenes for Latinx Actors: Voices of the New American Theatre.  In 2018, Emilio was awarded the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Foundation award for LGBT playwrights and the Kresge Artists in Detroit grant for playwriting. Earlier this year Emilio was invited to be a guest judge for the KCACTF Midwest Region playwrights. Of all his accomplishments, Emilio’s most memorable accolade is the time a cashier at Panera gave him a free meal because the cashier liked Emilio’s play Mamacita. Emilio was a featured playwright of Teatro Vivo’s 2016 Austin Latino New Play Festival.

This production is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

2019 LTC Theatre for Young Audiences Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening

Teatro Vivo, the Latinx Theatre Commons, and the University of Texas at Austin, proudly present the 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening. The Festival will share five TYA plays from the US and Latin America with children from throughout Central Texas, with daytime performances for schools, and additional performances open to the public. A concurrent LTC Convening will also gather artists, scholars, and educators from across the Americas to experience theatre with young people, and consider the needs and incredible capacities of our future audiences and theatre artists.

The festival and convening will take place at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.BuyPlayTix button


From L to R, top to bottom: Niños Que Fueron Grandes, Tomás and the Library Lady, Cenicienta, Epic Tales from the Land of Melanin, Coatlicue 2.0 “La Diosa Que Vino del Aire”


Niños Que Fueron GrandesLa Negra María Teatro (Santiago, Chile)
By La Negra María Teatro
Directed by Nicolás Valiente Blamey

We travel with four actors to recreate and imagine episodes of the childhoods of three Chilean teachers: Baldomero Lillo, Gabriela Mistral, and Manuel Rojas. Puppets and found-objects create the world of the play onstage before our eyes, making it easily accessible for English-speaking audiences. This production features original music. (Spanish)
Recommended age: 4 to 10

Cenicienta, Teatro Vivo and Glass Half Full Theatre (Austin, TX, USA)
by Caroline Reck and Rupert Reyes
Directed by Caroline Reck

Created in collaboration with Glass Half Full Theatre, Teatro Vivo, and ZACH Theatre, Cenicienta is an original bilingual stage adaptation of Cinderella. In this version, told through found-object puppetry, Cenicienta overcomes her stepfamily’s bullying on her own terms. Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Recommended age: 4 and up

Epic Tales from the Land of MelaninFEMelanin Collective, (Chicago, IL, USA)
Originally devised by Guadalís Del Carmen, Mariana Green, Brandi Lee, Maya Mackrandilal, Enid Muñoz, Alyssa Vera Ramos, Deanalís Resto, Ana Velazquez, and Teresa Zorić with FEMelanin
Directed by Alyssa Vera Ramos

Based on histories of real-life women of color and non-Eurocentric fairytales, Epic Tales from the Land of Melanin is an imaginative adventure tale of three young warrior-explorers taking on the world. Through audience participation, young audiences will help the heroes defeat evil forces while building community. Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Recommended age 12 and up

Coatlicue 2.0: La diosa que vino del aireCompañía TraZmallo Ixinti (México City, México)
by Daniel Loyola
Directed by Leonardo Villa

Through dance, music, mask and clown technique, Coatlicue 2.0 is a solo creation story of how the Aztec world came to be. We learn about legendary Aztec figures, such as Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca, and Coatlicue herself, the Aztec goddess who gave birth to the cosmos. Bilingual (Nahuatl/Spanish)
Recommended age 8 and up

Tomás and the Library LadyChildsplay (Tempe, AZ, USA)
Book, Music, and Lyrics by José Cruz González
Music Arranged and Performed by Adam Jacobson
Directed by David Saar

Based on the true story of Tomás Rivera and the book by Pat Mora, this play takes us on a journey with Tomás, the son of migrant farm workers. When Tomás meets the “Library Lady,” she recognizes his love of stories and encourages him to become a reader. This play explores literacy, migration, and self-esteem, all through music and storytelling. Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Recommended age 5 and up

Adapted from the book “Tomás and the Library Lady” by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raul Colón. Published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.  

This project is made possible with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, HowlRound Theatre Commons, Emerson College, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, Texas Performing Arts, Childrens Theatre Foundation of America, University of Texas Theatre and Dance, Center for Mexican American Studies, Texas Cultural Trust, Center for Educator Development in the Fine Arts, ZACH Theatre, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.screen shot 2019-01-18 at 1.42.53 am


Until Next Year! The 6th Annual Austin Latino New Play Festival Comes to a Close

The Austin Latino New Play Festival (ALNPF) was held this weekend at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, where play writers got to premiere their work to an audience and get their thoughts in the talkback session after the play. The plays My Dad is a Pterodactyl, Primas, Más Cara, and Mamacita and the Negrito were in this year’s festival written by Andrew Valdez, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Krysta Gonzeles, and Emilio Rodriguez, respectively.

At the sixth year the ALNPF, the Latino-focused plays were a more mature in terms of revision due to a public reading held earlier in the year. Producer Project Manager of the ALNPF Dolores Diaz says the festival is a sort of peek behind the curtains for the public. This rings true for the overall feel of the festival, both backstage and onstage. Backstage, the production crew for Mamacita and the Negrito are all laughs. While onstage is bare with just stools and a sheet stand, a typical view for rehearsals, is unusual for a premiere.

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The audience waiting for the showtime of Mamacita and the Negrito. (Photo Credits: Jordan Kasprzynski)

First-timer at the ALNPF was Krysta Gonzales, whose play Más Cara premiered Friday, found the experience to be nurturing. “I had one moment where I got some critical feedback and I wrote the same note that they {an audience member} had.”

In a time when people don’t just experience events like the Super Bowl or the Oscars with the people and TV around them, but with the people online as well, the incorporation of the “Social Media Seats” was created. These seats are designated in an area that will not distract from the rest of the audience and media approved by Teatro Vivo, where people got free tickets to sit in on the play and live-tweet the play and talkback sessions.

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The Austin Latino New Play Festival is hosted in collaboration with Teatro Vivo and Scriptworks. (Photo Credits: Jordan Kasprzynski)

“Maybe what sticks with you five minutes ago doesn’t stick a month ago…this is a way to check back,” says Diaz.


This new feature at the ALNPF is planning to grow after its inception, where Diaz hopes will create a conversation online through the designated hash tags that can go for as long as there is a discussion to be had on the topic.




Showtime: Austin Latino New Play Festival

As Teatro Vivo is preparing for its sixth annual Austin Latino New Play Festival (ALNPF) in partnership with Script Works, many of our playwrights are also anxiously getting ready to present their stage readings that will take place from February 25 through February 27. Playwrights such as Andrew Valdez and Krysta Gonzales will debut their plays, My dad is an Pterodactyl and Mas Cara, which will both show important and distinct life lessons through different experiences in the Latino culture.

Meanwhile, Emilio Rodriguez also produced the stage production Mamacita and the Negrito that will introduce different cultural predicaments that can be seen within Latino communities and will help engage its audiences to give their own opinion about their experiences in relation to the stage readings.

We also want to further spotlight the hard work of Andrew Valdez who is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin and is hoping to capture the attention of his audience through his most recent stage production My Dad is a Pterodactyl that brings a different perspective into the challenges that families face when experiencing loss and grief.

Furthermore, we also want to showcase Roxanne Schroeder-Acre who has years of experience teaching theater at different universities and colleges. She is currently getting ready to debut Primas, which is about bringing different struggles that many Mexican American women face when coming to the United States including the traditional and highly anticipated quineanera and its meaning to their cultural roots.

Each one of our dedicated and passionate playwrights will also get the opportunity to interact with their audiences through talk back sessions that will be held directly after each stage reading.

Because we are very passionate and excited to offer a hands on experience into the diverse cultures surrounding the Latino community, we are going to be offering donation-based admission tickets during the festival. Therefore, anyone with an adventurous mindset is welcome to join us and gain new ideas about a very rich culture.