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Alameda Theatre Company

Professional Latin American theatre company, founded in 2006 by Marilo Nuñez, and based in Toronto Ontario. Its mandate was to create opportunities for Latin American theatre artists and playwrights and build audiences for their work. It closed in October 2014 because of funding difficulties and the onerous demands of running an independent theatre on the Artistic Director.

In 2009 Alameda Theatre Company premiered The Refugee Hotel by Carmen Aguirre in association with Theatre Passe Muraille (2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Best New Play); and started the De Colores Festival of New Works, Canada’s first playwrights unit and festival dedicated to developing the work of Canadian Latin American writers. Among the shows developed in De Colores were Carmen Aguirre's Blue Box, which toured across Canada; Victor Gomez's Lizard Boy, which won NOW Audience Choice Award at SummerWorks; Amaranta Leyva's The Intruder; and works by Juan Carlos Velis, Martha Chaves and Rosa Labordé.

Alameda's final De Colores Festival featured Isaac Luy's Exit, which explored contemporary Venezuelan politics; Martha Batiz's Last Stop, in which two people discussed the difficulties inherent in riding Toronto streetcars; and Amanda Parris's 32C, which used the character of Tituba, the black servant in The Crucible, to examine the lives of a black women in Canada.

Other pivotal programs included El Barrio, a national online database of Latin American theatre artists, and Nueva Voz: A Latino Youth Initiative.

Source: Jon Kaplan. NOW 22 Oct 2014.

Last updated 2019-11-06