Community Circulos

Introducing ETC’s New Pilot Program Centered on Community Participation and Collective Creation

Closed Session Workshops For Registered Participants May 5th – June 2nd, 2022


Stay tuned for Palabra Artist Showcase this Summer when we will feature what gets created in our Community Circulos!

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About Creators In Community

Open invitation for anyone in San Benito, Monterey, Santa Clara, and San Cruz counties to join ETC Artists in creative sessions during the month of May.  A total of 9 sessions will be hosted: Thursday evenings virtually and Saturday mornings in person. This series of creative workshops will culminate in the development of a new short collective creation to be featured in ETC’s Palabra Artist Showcase July 2022.

Bring your stories, your ideas, your open hearts, and let’s create something together!


In Person Sessions Will Be Held Outdoors at ETC Playhouse
705 Fourth St. San Juan Bautista, Ca 95045


2022 Schedule 

Thursday Evenings via Zoom &
Saturday Mornings In Person

May 5th – June 2nd, 2022

  • Thursday, May 5th (7pm-9pm) via Zoom
  • Saturday, May 7th (9am-11am) In person
  • Thursday, May 12th (7pm-9pm) via Zoom
  • Saturday, May 14th (9am-11am) In person
  • Thursday, May 19th (7pm-9pm) via Zoom
  • Saturday, May 21st (9am-11am) In person
  • Thursday, May 26th (7pm-9pm) via Zoom
  • Saturday, May 28th (9am-11am) In person
  • Thursday, June 2nd (7pm-9pm) via Zoom

Attendance to most (if not all) sessions is highly encouraged as we will be building upon the ideas and activities explored in previous sessions together. 



Public Calendar

El Teatro Campesino’s indoor spaces remain closed to the public, however, in person Community Circulo sessions will be held outdoors. 



Professional headshot of actor Clarissa


Clarissa is a multidisciplinary educator from the Salinas Valley dedicated to employing the arts as a bridge for language, culture and ancestral knowledge. She loves working and creating alongside the current and future generations.

Professional headshot of actor Dante


Dante is a Salinas Valley native performer for over 20 years. As a child he was introduced to dance, music and acting. His passion for performing arts continued to grow and develop during his academic years in Alisal High School,  it was during those youthful years that Dante realized the arts would be an instrumental part of his professional journey. As a multidisciplinary artist he has had the privilege of working as a composer, performer, sound engineer, technical designer, and guest instructor with prestige theater companies in the Central Coast and Bay Area, including: El Teatro Campesino, The Western Stage, Teatro Vision, and The San Jose Stage Company.  In addition to his theatrical artistry, Dante enjoys supporting local film-making projects and local non-profit organizations such as Star Arts Education and Artists Ink. Dante primarily supports ETC’s seasons as a Sound Engineer, Technician and Teaching Artist. His greatest joy is to be able to serve and teach the next generation of teatristas in his community.

Professional headshot of actor Cristal


Cristal is a multidisciplinary Chicana artist from Watsonville, California. She holds a B.A in Theater Arts from San Jose University.  Her work as a playwright  “La Sombra” (The Shadow) a solo performance and full length play “PIERNAS: The Story Between Our Legs,”  have been produced at El Teatro Campesino. At El Teatro Campesino she has led theater-making workshops for migrant youth through the Monterey County MESA program, the Nahui Ollin Leadership Academy, the San Benito County Artists in the Schools program and facilitated multiple ACTO making workshops and lead Artists-in-residence programs across the quad-county area. She is currently one of the Producers for ETC’s Annual Dia de Los Muertos and annual Palabra Showcase.  Her work as an artist has given her the opportunity to work as far east as our nation’s capital, and as far south as Mexico’s capital, in front of dignitaries and migrants alike, and nothing means more to her than creating, performing, and collaborating with her communities.

Professional headshot of actor Carlos


A working artist in Salinas and all over California for 20 years. Carlos has worked in theaters throughout the Bay Area working with local and international artists. As a musician he is one of the brains behind cali cumbia urbana band Qiensave. Which has toured throughout the west coast. Carlos has written for and produced two Qiensave albums. As a visual artist Carlos has kept his works in private hands and is currently working on collections for public exhibitions so keep an eye and ear up for that.

Professional headshot of actor Alfredo


Alfredo is an independent documentary filmmaker, producer, theater-maker, and educator originally from Inglewood, CA. His debut documentary God’s Tenants was officially selected by the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival in 2018. Alfredo’s passion for social justice and the arts began in 2005 working with El Teatro Campesino and he has since facilitated countless participatory theater forums working with the USC Keck School of Medicine, the UCLA World Arts & Culture/Dance Department, and the United States Department of Navy on military bases around the world. He currently teaches digital media-making, theater, and Ethnic Studies in schools, prisons, and youth detention centers throughout Monterey County.

Professional headshot of actor Armando


Armando is a visual artist and Youth Program Specialist for Joven Noble in Gilroy California, the garlic capital of the world. His work at El Joven Nobles, a comprehensive indigenous based, youth leadership development program that supports and guides youth through their “rites of passage” process while focusing on the prevention of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, relationship violence, gang violence and school failure, has only strengthened his relationship with his surrounding communities. Chicano Muralist Guillermo Aranda has been Armando’s mentor for the last decade and through this relationship has learned ancestral knowledge, traditional muralism, restoring not only the painting,  but the culture and history of Mexican-American and undocumented residents of central coast quad-area. Armando has championed several successful campaigns for mural restorations and has gained recognition at a national level for his leadership and commitment to community. He has been in association with El Teatro Campesino since 2018 with “Palabra: Artists Showcase ” as a visual artist and is ecstatic about continuing the relationship with ETC’s company as a Visual Teaching Artist. Armando takes pride in preserving the murals that celebrate history, capture the cultura of our neighborhood, unite and empower the BIPOC community for generations to come.


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