Alberto Justiniano is the artistic director and founding member at Teatro del Pueblo, a professional Latino theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. His artistic roles range from theater director and playwright, to filmmaker, producer and educator. As an artist, Mr. Justiniano seeks to educate the community through multi-racial themes that depict commonalties among races. This premise has led him to develop collaborating programs between the local Latino and Hmong communities. As a 1994 Leadership in Arts award winner, he did research to use theater and film as a crime prevention tool for children. He has also developed and directed several teenager drama projects using “Theater of the Oppressed” techniques for Teatro del Pueblo’s educational programs. He was awarded a Many Voices Residency Award by the Playwright Center and later selected as an associated member. In the late 90s, he visited Belfast, Northern Ireland’s first integrated school where he worked with their drama classes on conflict resolution. Mr. Justiniano has continued to visit and work with Catholic and Protestant kids on conflict resolution techniques throughout the course of the last seven years. His first children’s musical play Anansi’s Carnival Adventure was produced by Stepping Stone Theater, followed by the production of Rosita the Island Girl, Cassy the Crab and The Legend of Lento El Coyote. After his return from Ireland, he founded the annual Political Theatre Festival in which art and politics come together in an exchange of ideas. Now in its sixth year, it has become a tradition for Latinos and non-Latinos alike. This spring he will premiere his play, McTacoLand, loosely based on the book Fast Food Nation, and set in Northern Minnesota.
6th ANNUAL POLITICAL THEATER FESTIVAL
February 15 - March 4, 2007
A co-presentation by Teatro del Pueblo and Intermedia Arts
Teatro del Pueblo presents its 6th Annual Political Theatre Festival in collaboration with Intermedia Arts and in association with the Resource Center of the Americas and the University of Minnesota. This festival brings political issues and theatre together to create a forum where ideas and information are exchanged. Each presentation consists of performances and dialogues, and this year we explore the Latino immigration issue.
Contents Under Pressure, by Dana Yeaton
A man assembling a changing table receives an unexpected addition in the box: a refugee from Mexico.
Embassy of The Americas, by Dominic Orlando
A Latin American national discovers first-hand the frustrating and demeaning difficulties of getting a visa into the United States.
Dead Bolivians On A Raft, by Guillermo Reyes
A family confronts a Latino playwright when he tries to cast only famous non-Latinos in his play.
Road Scholar, by J. B. Prauda
A vehicular breakdown results in the possible breakdown of a woman's stereotypical worldview.
Did You Hear the One About the Mexican Laundress? by Daniel Damiano
A profiled Mexican woman becomes a suspected terrorist when she is stopped by the authorities at the Laundromat.
TICKETS & RESERVATIONS: $15 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors/Fringe Button; $10
Groups of 10+/Intermedia Arts Members. For ticket reservations call 612-871-4444. For
festival information, call 651-224-8806 or visit www.teatrodelpueblo.org.
February 15 - March 4, 2007
2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN