El Teatro Campesino
CELEBRATING 55 years of
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Palabra Artist Showcase
Virtual Presentation July 23-25, 2021. Stay tuned for details
Dia de los Muertos Annual Celebration
Virtual Presentation November 2, 2021
La Pastorela: A New Radio Production
Stay tuned for the details to be announced!
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About El Teatro Campesino
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
It is our mission to make teatro a creator of vibrant community
COVID-19 IMPACT ON PROGRAMS
ALL OUR IN PERSON EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY.
WE ARE TRANSITIONING A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS TO ONLINE PLATFORMS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO IN 2021.
PLEASE CHECK PAGE REGULARLY AS WE UPDATE OUR PLANS
Exterior of El Teatro Campesino's headquarters in Del Rey, Ca in 1968, then called, "El Centro Campesino Cultural." Photo from the ETC Archives. The Teatro Campesino mural created by Antonio Bernal in 1968 features La Adelita, Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata, César E....
Luis Valdez, Founding Artistic Director & Playwright
Photo credit: Robert Eliason
“It’s absolutely essential for every generation to capture that social responsibility. Injustice grows like weeds. The injustices of the world are like weeds, and if you do nothing they’ll choke your whole garden…”
Our Core Areas of Programming
From flatbed trucks to the Broadway stage, for over fifty-five years now, El Teatro Campesino has been at the forefront of using theater as an artistic generator of social change. The spheres of ETC’s work can be summarized into three core areas: Professional arts, Community arts, and Arts Education.
Providing unique opportunities to experience the
Accessible programming and productions that help create vibrant communities
Teatro integrated lessons that help equip the next generations with creative tools to succeed
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