What is the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC)?
The Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) is a growing network, a forward-thinking movement, and a digital workspace made up of passionate Latina/o theatremakers and scholars from across the country. The LTC is a self-organized collective that has chosen to adopt a commons-based approach to advocate for Latina/o theatre as a vital, significant presence in the New American Theatre. W e foster emergent national leadership through an organic organizing method of activating our networks and expanding our circles of connection. We seek to celebrate diverse connections, honor our past with reflection, and envision our future with optimism and enthusiasm.
The LTC operates as a collaborative initiative with HowlRound, a knowledge commons by and for the theatre community, housed at Emerson College. HowlRound, through Emerson College, acts as fiscal sponsor for the LTC, and provides infrastructure and mentorship to support our growth. In our actions, the LTC espouses the philosophical methods of HowlRound, and works to promote a commons-based approach to update the narrative of the American theatre through advocacy, artmaking, convening, and scholarship.
How did the LTC form?
In May 2012 at Arena Stage, a group of eight Latina/o theatremakers (now known affectionately as the “ DC 8”) led by Karen Zacarías came together under the auspices of what is now HowlRound and the idea for the LTC was born. That group partnered with Latina/o theatre communities from across the country to create a dedicated steering committee of over thirty practitioners who worked together to produce the first LTC National Convening, held in October 2013 at Emerson College in Boston. The National Convening was an historic event and an invaluable experience, and the LTC self-determined to continue and began looking ahead to future projects. After the 2013 National Convening in Boston, the LTC Steering Committee grew to almost fifty practitioners passionately working on initiatives all over the country.
Through collective efforts and a dedication to the commons-based approach, the LTC has been able to reach our goals of promoting the breadth of Latina/o theatre across the nation and re-imagining the American dramatic narrative.
To download a 2015 LTC Information Sheet, click here.
Café Onda is the online journal of the LTC. It seeks to expand and extend the dialogue and discourse around Latina/o theatre. Café Onda reflects current practice and trends in Latina/o theatre around the world, and asks: What are our pressing challenges? What are our opportunities?
Café Onda is crowd-sourced, meaning anyone can pitch to write a piece for it. For more information on writing for Café Onda, click here. Café Onda is governed by an Editorial Board made up of dedicated scholars and theater practitioners from the LTC Steering Committee.
The Sol Project Meeting, August 8, 2014 - New York City, NY
The Sol Project, originally envisioned as a multi-year commitment in New York City for the production of Latina/o plays (modeled loosely after 13P), was the first new initiative proposed to the LTC after the National Convening in October 2013. In August 2014, the LTC incubated this idea through hosting a day-long meeting of leading New York City Latina/o theatre artists and scholars. The insights gained from this gathering will nurture the ongoing development of The Sol Project. We worked towards gathering the collective wisdom of the community to answer the question: What does the Latina/o theatre community in New York City need for its continued growth and expansion?
The conversation and planning for The Sol Project has continued past the August 2014 meeting, and has grown into a New York City-based task force behind the project.