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Teatro Prometeo Celebrates 40 Years of History Under the Spotlight

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Prometeo Theatre Turns 40

Miami, October 23, 2013 - The nationally acclaimed Teatro Prometeo at Miami Dade College (MDC) will soon blow out candles in a star-studded birthday event, marking 40 years of theatrical excellence history as the only Spanish-language conservatory in the country. Past students of the theater who have gone on to have successful careers in film, theatre and television, both nationally and internationally, will be part of this milestone fête, including actors Vivian Ruiz and Marilyn Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and MDC alumnus Nilo Cruz, Mario Ernesto Sanchez, actor and director of the International Hispanic Theatre Festival and Alina Interián, senior executive director of cultural affairs at Miami Dade College.

This important milestone of Teatro Prometeo, started by Cuban actress Teresa Maria Rojas and MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, will be celebrated in a commemorative edition of Pagina Abierta, a television program on MDC-TV that highlights Hispanic artists with a live studio audience. There will also be a photo retrospective by Asela Torres, who has been documenting Hispanic theater for the last five decades and will bring to life the important history of Teatro Prometeo through her images. 

The event will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, with a special celebratory reception to follow.

Since raising its curtain for the first time in 1973 at MDC’s downtown Miami Wolfson Campus, Teatro Prometeo has stolen the spotlight with many creative productions, including Guaracha Rock, Electra Garrigo, El Laberinto, Cordero de Dios, Sabrina y Lucrecia, El retablo de las maravillas, Fango Negro, Los cuentos de René, Filo al fuego, Mujeres de Shakespeare and Cyrano Mio.

Teatro Prometeo continues to remain a true cultural catalyst and treasure, having produced and presented more than one-hundred productions, as well as educating thousands of actors and contributing to the transformation of the Spanish theater scene in the country. Under the artistic direction of Joann Maria Yarrow, Prometeo is nationally recognized as the only Spanish-language theater conservatory within an academic institution in the country, and has showcased Miami’s diverse talent throughout Latin America and the U.S. 

The Conservatory in Theatre Arts program offers a rigorous, well-rounded curriculum in acting, voice, history of Latin American theatre, dance, acting for the camera and other disciplines, including master workshops in neutral mask, acrobatic stilt performance, Rasa boxes, and stage combat, among others. All this and more will take center stage at the anniversary celebration. 

Prometeo Theatre Celebrates 40 Years with Pagina Abierta (Reception to Follow)

  • WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7:00 PM
  • WHERE: Prometeo Theatre @ Wolfson Campus 300 NE Second Ave.

The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College promotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to allIts Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. The Center produces the annual Miami Book Fair International, regarded as the largest and finest literary gathering in the U.S. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrated its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theatre arts.

MDCulture is the Cultural Affairs Department of the College. Comprising the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theater, the Center for Literature and Theatre, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design, MDCulture is committed to providing everyone the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDCulture offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences..

For more information on Teatro Prometeo, its classes, children’s program and presentations, please call 305-237-3262 or visit

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