Proyecto Latina – Featuring Teatro Americano

Proyecto Latina – Featuring Teatro Americano


This month Proyecto Latina is thrilled to present the ladies of Teatro Americano. They will be performing sections of the 2010 production of Meet Juan(ito) Doe.

Proyecto Latina Reading series

Monday, October 19 @7PM-FREE

Radio Arte

1401 W. 18th Street

Chicago, IL

http://www.mapquest.com

Street Parking

18th Street Bus/ 60 Blue Island Bus/Pink line 18th St. stop

“I had the opportunity to meet Alejandra and Zulema about five-years ago when they were still in high school and I’m excited to say that these ladies are ones to watch. The ladies of this production are the next generation of Latinas in the arts”. –Diana Pando

Meet the ladies of Meet Juan(ito) Doe:





Alejandra Garcia

codename: Skinny Brown

Is a an actress, collaborator, and writer with Teatro Americano. She is a creator and actress in the ensemble’s SALUD teatronovelas Fronteras del Amor and Los Aires de Mañana. She is looking forward to performing in Meet Juan(ito) Doe in 2010. This past summer, she traveled to the mountain town Tamaula in Guanajuato, Mexico supported by a MacArthur International Connections Grant to use theatre for community development. A graduate of Big Picture High School and frequent volunteer with Latinos Progresando, Alejandra is dedicated to the progress of Chicago’s Latinos. She is eager to begin pursuing a career in the arts and dance in 2010.






Veronika Miranda

codename: Osa Picosa

Miranda is many things: actress, artist, photographer, writer, partygirl, etc. Graduating from Queen of Peace High School, she is a good bad girl from Chicago’s Southside. A member of Teatro Americano’s youth and young adult ensemble, she is an original collaborator and performer of Fronteras del Amor and looking forward to Meet Juan(ito) Doe. In Summer 2009, she traveled with Teatro Americano to rural Mexico supported by a MacArthur Chicago International Connections grant to use theater for community development and create new work. She currently works at a factory alongside her gente and enjoys very much her cigarette breaks. She is extremely grateful for coffee, family, friends, and Ricardo Gamboa (of course).







Zulema Ortiz

codename: Juice-ema

Migrating from Mexico, Zulema found new home in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. She is an actress, collaborator, and writer with Teatro Americano’s youth and young adult ensemble. Dedicated to the progress of her community beyond the stage, Zulema has been active in organizing around issues of immigration. A former undocumented student, Zulema is intimate with the difficulties confronting immigrant youth and their pursuit of higher education and is currently active in DREAM Act advocacy. She is also a Teatro Americano educator at Rosario Castellanos Elementary. She is a graduate of Big Picture High School and 2009 winner of the Sor Juana Award. She can be seen in Teatro Americano’s Fronteras del Amor and later next year in Meet Juan(ito) Doe.


Special THANK YOU to our community partner Radio Arte 90.5FM



Zulema Ortiz: a new brand of All American patriotism

Zulema Ortiz: a new brand of All American patriotism

Proyecto Latina interviews Zulema Ortiz, the 2009 Young Visionary award recipient for the 2009 Sor Juana Achievement award. A 20 year-old college-student, Zulema patriotically refers to the only country she ever remembers living in as,“the land of opportunity, where anything is possible.” That’s the attitude that Zulema adopted although she lacked the nine essential digits of a social security number, and found creative ways to finance college and pursue a higher education. She’s paving the way towards her dreams and with confidence declares that, “the Dream Act will be passed.”

Part I: Zulema Ortiz, 5:57

Part II: Zulema Ortiz, 5:26

Part III: Zulema Ortiz, 7:41

Links and resources:
Latinos Progresando
Big Picture High School, Back of the Yards, Chicago
Close Up
The Road Less Traveled
The Dream Act

Interview by Irasema Gonzalez