From 2013 Teatro del Pueblo production of “Ladybird”
Sayda Trujillo (Co-Director) is a theatre artist specializing in voice and movement, as well devising original physical theatre performances. Her performance and teaching experience abroad includes work in Guatemala, Ecuador, Singapore, Spain, Germany, Colombia, UK, Egypt and most recently in Palestine with The Freedom Theatre. Her three solo shows BANANA LEAVES, DEFINITELY OOPS, and I WAS RAISED MEXICAN have been presented nationally and internationally at theater houses including La Mama ETC, RedCAT, and NYTW. Since 2005 Sayda has volunteered for Clowns Without Borders performing for thousands of children in Latin America and the Middle East. Sayda teaches Acting, Tai Chi Chuan, Contact Improvisation, Voice and Solo Performance. Her training combines a BFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts; a post-graduate certificate in Physical Theatre from the Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre; and a masters in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Victor Vazquez (Writer)
is a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, and a LAMBDA Literary Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow. He is a recipient of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund McNamara Creative Arts Grant, and holds two BA’s from UC Irvine in creative writing (English) and directing honors (drama). He currently works as a Community Organizer in the Artistic Department at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA. Spanish is his native language. He lives in Los Angeles..
I am a community-builder and practical dreamer native to Los Angeles. I received my education from Pasadena City College and UC Santa Cruz It is an honor to be part of team 24th Street Theatre for the past 3 1/2 years. Teatro del Pueblo is a source of inspiration on the healing power of the arts and drives me to do my best due to the level of commitment, fearlessness and passion from all those involved.
In 2003 we launched our Teatro Nuevo initiative to bring more Spanish-speaking audiences into the theatre, and that program has landed 24th Street Theatre in the forefront of cross-cultural theatre programming.
Last year we piloted a community-based project through which we created a production using neighborhood residents, most of whom were Spanish-speakers. The community interest in the production was extremely strong and let us know that they want more participatory arts programming in the future.
This project will build upon the lessons learned over the past few years, mainly that we need to commit more resources to community-based programming, including money, staff time, food, and new video technology.
With the Irvine Foundation’s support, we can fully develop proven methods (i.e. Cornerstone Theatre) of arts delivery and arts participation in our own community.
WORKSHOPS AND REHEARSAL
We invited community members to star in our Teatro Del Pueblo project! 24th STreet offered a series of free adult acting workshops with the goal of creating a holiday production in December starring residents of North University Park. Participants worked with professional directors and actors to create a work of holiday art for your community at the same time.
Estamos invitando a nuestros vecinos para participar en nuestro proyecto Teatro del Pueblo. En los siguientes meses vamos a ofrecer una serie de clases de actuación para adultos con la meta de producir una obra en Diciembre con nuestros vecinos de North University Park. Van a trabajar con actores y directores profesionales y al mismo tiempo crear una ofrenda creativa para la comunidad.
Generously supported by the Irvine Foundation
Gracias al Irvine Foundation por su apoyo