Luis Valdez

Playwright Luis Valdez discusses attracting farmworkers to theater

Five years ago, El Teatro Campesino founder Luis Valdez began compiling the materials that would result in his recently published Theatre of the Sphere: The Vibrant Being, a look at the history of his theater company, his reflections on Mayan and Aztec culture, and teachings on theater. In Part Two of this interview with Valdez, the author further discusses his life and philosophy of theater.
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Playwright Luis Valdez discusses origins of his artistic theory

In a recent BenitoLink interview, actor Pepe Serna remembered taking part in the 1978 workshop at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for the groundbreaking play “Zoot Suit” by Luis Valdez, founder of San Juan Bautista’s El Teatro Campesino. “Luis had an Aztec-Mayan-based exercise game for...
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Social change through theater, a conversation with Luis Valdez

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif. — As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, KSBW anchor and reporter Alani Letang has a conversation with a Hollywood writer and director, Luis Valdez, about social change through the arts and theater. Valdez lives on the Central Coast and has brought important stories of his culture to the stage and the silver screen.

Luis Valdez receives award at the Sedona International Film Festival

Luis Valdez is the screen writer and director of the popular movie “La Bamba.” Valdez recently earned a Lifetime Achievement award from the Sedona International Film Festival. He talked about the honor and his career with Horizonte’s Jose Cardenas. Cardenas started by asking Valdez to talk about El Teatro Campesino....

OCC’s CLEOO Summit presents Luis Valdez

Orange Coast College students have the opportunity to discover the journey of one of the most successful Chicano playwrights, film directors, and National Medal of Arts Award recipients, Luis Valdez, at the upcoming virtual Counseling Latinos for Equity and Engagement (CLEOO) summit on April 21. Founded by OCC counselor Eric...

Visiting Author Series Features Luis Valdez

Modesto Junior College’s Literature and Language Arts Division presents MJC’s Visiting Authors Series featuring an evening with Luis Valdez. Zoot Suit – Then and Now: The Impact of the Arts to Influence Civic Engagement will live stream on YouTube Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. Luis Valdez is regarded as...

Gavilan College offers class on the dramatic works of Luis Valdez

Ten years ago, before she went off to college, Isabel Cruz gave her final performance in “La Virgen de Tepeyac,” an El Teatro Campesino production staged at Mission San Juan Bautista. This year, Cruz is offering a class at Gavilan College on founder Luis Valdez, giving students the chance to learn more about the actor, director and playwright and his famed San Juan Bautista stage company.