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What an Amazing Partnership!

Just Like Us at Trinity Rep

Rhode Island Latino Arts is proud of its partnership with Trinity Repertory Company, Rhode Island’s premier theater company! Check out the press release below that was distributed on March 1, 2018. While there’s a great deal of focus on the appointment of RILA’s Executive Director as an Artist-in-Residence at Trinity Rep, we want to emphasize that the success of this partnership is due to the dedication of theater staff and company members, and the long history of forward thinking by the leadership of both organizations.

To learn more about RILA’s partnership with Trinity Rep, read this blog entry.

Trinity Repertory Company is delighted to announce Rhode Island Latino Arts’s (RILA) executive director Marta V. Martínez has been invited to join the theater as an Artist-in-Residence. As an Artist-in-Residence, Martínez will advise Trinity Rep as they develop theater-based programs by and for the Latino people of Rhode Island. Martínez will also study how Trinity Rep produces their plays, develops new work, and structures their theater education programs for young people, in the hopes of creating an independent bilingual theater company.

"Over the past three years, we have worked closely with Marta on our initiatives to collaborate with members of Providence's Latino community,” remarked Artistic Director Curt Columbus. “I'm particularly thrilled Marta will be around our offices and rehearsal spaces more often, as we look to create more programming about, by, and for the Latino audiences in Rhode Island. We hope one day to announce with Marta the creation of bilingual Latino theater company.”

Rhode Island Latino Arts and Trinity Rep have partnered the past two summers to create a mobile, bilingual production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which featured members of the Providence Latino community as well as Brown/Trinity MFA students. The production toured to locations around the state, including WaterFire, the South Providence Library, the Steel Yard and the Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park, among others. It was seen by almost 4,000 people.

The two organizations also worked together this past fall to co-host a reading of Just Like Us, a play by Karen Zacarías based on the true story of DREAMers living in the US. The purpose of the reading was to raise awareness of what cancelling DACA will mean for thousands of young immigrants.

“Marta provides invaluable insight and strong connections to the Latino community of Rhode Island, so I’m incredibly happy to have her on board,” said Tyler Dobrowsky, associate artistic director and producer of the mobile, bilingual summer program. “The programs we’ve partnered with RILA on never could have happened without Marta’s outstanding leadership. The wisest thing she ever said to me was that, as Trinity Rep attempts to strengthen our ties to the Latino community, we have to view the relationship not just as a one-off, or something that only happens when we do a particular play written by a Latino writer, but rather a relationship that lasts forever. Having Marta as an artist-in-residence will be a big step toward making that relationship stronger and more long-lasting.”

Photo left: First Plática collaboration in 2015 between RILA and Trinity Rep for “The Hunchback of Seville.”

“This partnership is so meaningful in many ways,” adds, Martínez. “The Latino community of Rhode Island will now have the opportunity to delve more deeply into the art of theater making, to take advantage of the talent and resources that the state’s leading theater company has to offer. Since it was founded in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. As an artist-in-residence, my main goal will be to connect Latinos with Trinity Rep's creative team of directors, writers, producers and actors. The dream of having a bilingual Latino theater company in Rhode Island and Trinity Rep is now closer to becoming a reality."

In conjunction with Trinity Rep’s next production, Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías, Trinity Rep and RILA are partnering up again. The play is about the hilarious clash of cultures that occurs when a young, recently married Latino couple moves next door to an older, white couple in a well-off D.C. neighborhood. Martínez is collaborating on Trinity Rep's Context & Conversation: Native Gardens, which will be held at Radia Herbs Farm in Cranston on April 22, 2018 at 2 pm. And RILA is offering group rate tickets to one performance during the upcoming Encuentro 2018 Latinos in Heritage Conservation convening, being held April 26-28. NOTE: If you are interested in purchasing a ticket for this evening at a Group Rate of $15 per ticket, contact Marta V. Martínez at marta@rilatinoarts.org We have a limited number of these tickets at this price. The evening will include a pre-show Wine & Cheese Reception with a chance to meet the actors, followed by the 90-minute performance.

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