September 2012, Volume 16, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

Teatro Prometeo Enters New Frontiers

A new professional theater company made its debut on the world stage when the curtain went up in July at MDC’s Wolfson Auditorium during the XXVII International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami. La Compañía Prometeo bears witness to the growing success of the renowned Teatro Prometeo, the theatrical component of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC and the only collegiate Spanish-language actors’ conservatory in the nation.

“In December, Teatro Prometeo will celebrate its 40th anniversary,” said Artistic Director Joann María Yarrow. “Since it has such a strong connection to the Miami community, we wanted to give graduates from the Conservatory a new opportunity to continue to develop their craft by creating a company comprised of contemporary, passionate and dynamic talent.”

Partnerships Unfold

At the festival, four cast members of La Compañía Prometeo stretched their wings and dramatic craft in the production of Infieles (Unfaithful), written by the celebrated Chilean playwright Marco Antonio de la Parra and directed by Ernest A. Figueroa, producer of the Broad Stage in Los Angeles and founder of Director’s Lab West.

Actors Cristina Ferrari, Hannah Ghelman, Boris Roa and Guillermo Pérez captivated audience members with their ardent portrayals of four individuals entangled in the political turmoil permeating life in Chile in 1988. Questioning what it means to be loyal to personal ideals in a time of national strife, the characters in Infieles also grapple with how to remain faithful to the ones they love.

“Under Yarrow’s progressive vision, I am honored to be the first outside director to work with Prometeo, opening the door for new partnerships and future collaborations,” said Figueroa.

In the educational component of the festival, company members Mariel Corona, Rosa Méndez and Diana Vallejo presented a stage reading of Las chicas del 3.5 floppies, written by Mexican playwright LEGOM (Luis Enrique Gutiérrez Ortiz Monasterio) and directed by Beatriz Rizk.

News From New York

While part of the company was busy impressing audiences at the festival in South Florida, Prometeo actress Sarah Luz Córdoba was winning over critics in New York with her portrayal of Olivia in the Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s summer production of Twelfth Night. She was cast in the part after her powerful audition at Prometeo – conducted through Skype. She now returns to South Florida to continue her roles in Prometeo’s much-acclaimed Mujeres de Shakespeare for Downtown Arts Days in September, part of La Compañía’s repertory season.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Meanwhile back at Miami Dade College, actresses Danly Arango, Cristina Ferrari and Diana Vallejo charmed kids of all ages on International Children’s Day at InterAmerican Campus in the original production of Yo la llamo Rusita Rojas. An adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood written by Ferrari, the play was directed by Jacqueline Briceño. In addition to performing at top venues throughout the country and touring internationally, La Compañía also plans to take productions on tour to elementary, middle and high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to introduce future performers and audiences to a new approach to classical theater.

Looking to the future, La Compañía Prometeo will continue to introduce cutting-edge Hispanic theater throughout the region.

“We are very fortunate to have been able to make this rare transition from college conservatory to professional company,” Yarrow said. “American Repertory Theater did it at Harvard University. And now Prometeo here at Miami Dade College has, too.”

— BK

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