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