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Our Mission

It is our mission to create a popular art with a 21st century tools that presents a more just and accurate account of human history, while encouraging the young women and men of a new generation to take control of their own destiny through creative discipline, vibrant education, economic independence, and artistic excellence.

Our History

Since its inception, El Teatro Campesino and its founder and artistic director, Luis Valdez, have set the standard for Latino theatrical production in the United States. Founded in 1965 on the Delano Grape Strike picket lines of Cesar Chavez’s United Farmworkers Union, the company created and performed “actos” or short skits on flatbed trucks and in union halls.

About Luis Valdez

From the migrant labor fields to Broadway, Luis Valdez remains true to his original vision… performance that addresses the Chicano experience in America in a context meaningful to all Americans. Valdez’s credits include, founder & artistic director of the internationally renowned El Teatro Campesino, council member of the National Endowment of the Arts, and founding member of the California Arts Council.

El Teatro Campesino & AmazonSmile Partnership

El Teatro Campesino is now on the list of charitable organizations on AmazonSmile.  Next time you make a purchase, AmazonSmile will contribute 0.5% of the purchase price of products to El Teatro Campesino.

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Zoot Suit

Inspired by the infamous Sleepy Lagoon murder trial and the so-called Zoot Suit riots, Valdez’s show was first mounted at the Taper in 1978. “Zoot Suit” was a hit, running for nearly a year. It’s often credited as later becoming the first show to represent Chicano culture on Broadway.

Contribute to El Teatro Campesino

Please consider joining/supporting El Teatro Campesino as a volunteer,  individual donor, corporate matching gift program, gift stock or in-kind donation.

Every contribution to El Teatro Campesino is appreciated and valued.  Mil gracias y adelante! 

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Luis Valdez | Founding Artistic Director

From the migrant labor fields to Broadway, Luis Valdez remains true to his original vision… performance that addresses the Chicano experience in America in a context meaningful to all Americans.

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What people are saying about Valley of the Heart

``For me, it was a very powerful play to see how badly the Japanese were treated. I think it's important to know this part of history in our country so it won't happen again.``- Cindi O'Neal, San Lorenzo

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