Teatro Americano performs original and existing works to engage, inspire and stir our audiences. Our company’s style of theatre presents our community from our perspective—with quality, integrity and passion.
Teatro Americano enriches the community through youth programs, community workshops and mainstage productions. Teatro Americano work is meant to inspire the people of this community to create art, enjoy art, and question and think critically about art.
Latinos Progresando launched Teatro Americano in 2003; its first show was the 1976 drama La Víctima, and in the first eight years of its existence, Teatro Americano performed five original full-length pieces.
In June 2014, Teatro Americano youth and instructors embarked to Oaxaca, Mexico to engage in a cultural exchange with young performers from Grupo Cultural Zaapeche, made possible by the MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund. In Oaxaca, the two groups collaborated to write and perform an original play that explores the impact of immigration on cultural identity. Latinos Progresando also brought Little Village muralists Vicente Jasso and Josue Aldana to create a mural at the Casa de Cultura in Oaxaca that centered on a similar theme.
Learn more about what Teatro Americano accomplished in Oaxaca.
Teatro Americano’s Theatre Company brings together people of all ages to participate in workshops and to rehearse and perform mainstage productions that reflect the voices of our community and spur critical thinking on issues relevant to our community. Teatro Americano performs both in our immediate neighborhood and on stages throughout the City of Chicago.
Teatro Americano’s Teen Ensemble is an after school and summer program that provides local youth with access to arts learning and career skills. Students in our Teen Ensemble learn acting fundamentals, creative writing skills, and research skills to create and perform an original play based on stories from the community, all in ten weeks.