The World’s a Stage
A Conversation About Bilingual Theatre
Thursday, April 8 at 7:30 PM
Why create bilingual theatre? Over the past few years Seattle Shakespeare has presented Spanish/English adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays for our touring productions and the recent podcast series house of sueños. Join us for a free, live-streamed discussion with artists intimately involved in the challenges, highlights, and future of creating bilingual theatre. We’ll delve into the cultural implications and considerations, relevance for audience and community engagement, and gain insights on the process from adapting, directing, and performing bilingual classical works.
Ana María Campoy is a Mexican-American theatre artist, educator, and advocate. As an actor, director, adaptor, or dramaturg, she has worked for OSF’s FUERTE, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, and Pork Filled Productions. She currently is an Associate Artist with ArtsWest. Other bilingual scripts she’s developed the for Seattle Shakespeare’s touring productions include: The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and Hamlet, the latter two she also directed. She founded and now runs the all-volunteer, mutual aid collective, WashMasks, which works to provide PPE, support, and advocacy for migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families in Washington state during this current pandemic (www.washmasks.org; @washmasks on Instagram). Love to Jesse. Be kind & wear a mask. Las Vidas Negras Importan, BLM.
|Marquicia Dominguez (They/Them), known as QuiQui to most, is a Teaching Artist, and Behavioral Therapist in the Seattle area. In 2012 they received a B.F.A in theatre from Cornish College of the Arts and in 2018 received a Master’s in Education: Applied Behavior Analysis Programing and Instruction from Arizona State University. They are a Board Certified Behavior Analyst using imagination and creativity to teach life skills and behavioral skills to individuals with autism. Their desire is to create inclusive arts programs for all types of learners, no matter that individual’s abilities. QuiQui has worked with such companies as: ACT, Book-It, Greenstage, Seattle Repertory, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. They are co-host of The MirrorStage Podcast: A podcast that showcases Seattle artists and activists doing their part to make waves in the pacific northwest.
Sophie Franco is a bilingual, Peruvian-American theatre artist and interrupter of the status quo working in the Seattle area. Franco evaluates the world and their artistic work through the lenses of the sociopolitical, the intimate, and the mysterious. They have worked professionally as an actor, director, playwright, dancer, bilingual text coach and teaching artist for companies in the Seattle area including: Seattle Shakespeare Company, Intiman Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Upstart Crow Collective, ACTLab, Burien Actor’s Theater, Seattle Public Theatre, On the Boards, Horse in Motion, Umbrella Project, and Annex Theater. Franco has been an ensemble member and Resident Actor at Washington Ensemble Theatre since 2017.
Meme García (they/them) is an actor and playwright originally from El Salvador. They are a Fulbright Scholar and graduated with a MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. They hold degrees in Theatre and Women and Gender Studies from Seattle University and are currently based out of Ashland, OR. For the last two years they have been a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s resident acting company (La Comedia of Errors, and Bring Down the House parts I&II). Previously they have worked with upstart crow collective, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Strawberry Workshop Theatre, and Book-It Repertory Theatre. House of Sueños is their debut play, and they are currently working on a coming of age TV show called “Las Siguanabas.”
Arlene Martínez Vázquez (she/her) is a bilingual story-teller and resource sharer based in Seattle since 2009. Her vision is to create spaces where everyone feels seen, safe and able to do their best work.
A kind and rigorous director, Arlene values humanity and welcoming the whole human (not just the artist) into the creative process
In her own words, “Theatre provides me with the opportunity to craft worlds that invite empathy and understanding, and I enjoy when my vision is expanded by the contributions of the artists in the room.”