Latin theatre in New York City is mostly Off-Broadway where great theater begins. Off-Off-Broadway theaters play important roles in their communities.
The Public Theater is producing artists of color.
Repertorio Español, built by Cubans, is one of NYC’s most successful Off-Broadway theaters. Award-winning Atlantic Theater Company is producing Latin theater.
Pregones/PRTT is Puerto Rican community theatre. Teatro SEA bilingual puppet theatre, is one of our favorite theatre companies.
The National Black Theatre is growing.
WEEKSVILLE HERITAGE CENTER, Crown Heights, Brooklyn 🇺🇸 🇭🇹
HOSTOS CENTER, Mott Haven, The Bronx ~ Ángel Vázquez, Resident Artist at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, tells funny, but true stories, about the brilliance and resilience of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. 🇵🇷
ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY, Chelsea, Manhattan ~ A World Premiere Saheem Ali musical, with a famous creative team, a great New York cast, and a truly inspiring story. “Chan Chan” 🇨🇺
La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao, La Golondrina, Radojka at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay. Bite Me at WP Theater in the Upper West Side.
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Performances October 3-15, 2023
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Chicago the Musical, Hamilton, Here Lies Love, JaJa’s African Hair Braiding, The Lion King, Moulin Rouge, and more.
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NYC Theatre Venues
Jaime Lozano “Navidad en Familia” Broadway song 🇲🇽
La Excelencia salsa dura for dancing 🇨🇴
DJ Hovy latin-influenced house music 🇨🇴
LINCOLN CENTER, Manhattan
Sin Bandera “Frecuencia” Tour 🇦🇷 🇲🇽
“Faith in Blackness” movie 🇺🇸
Annette Aguilar & String Beans “In the North” album release party 🇳🇮
Buunni Community Open Mic 🇳🇵🇪🇹
Enrique Guzman “Inmortales del Rock n Roll” 🇲🇽
“The Chevalier” the Joseph Bologne film 🇫🇷 🇬🇵
El Rubio Acordeón merengue 🇩🇴
Jesús Adrián Romero “Terrenal Tour” Christian 🇲🇽
Héctor Acosta “El Torito” merengue & bachata 🇩🇴
“Mariposas de Acero” Mirabal Sisters musical theatre 🇩🇴
Myriam Hernandez “Invencible Tour” pop 🇨🇱
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan
Newhouse Theater ~ “The Gardens of Anuncia” Michael John LaChiusa’s Graciela Daniele Story 🇦🇷
LINCOLN CENTER, Manhattan
Los Pleneros de la 21 celebrate 40 Years with Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in “Una Navidad Nuyorkina” 🇨🇺 🇵🇷 🎄
Papo Vázquez & the Mighty Pirates Troubadours Latin jazz parranda 🇵🇷 🎄
Playground Theater Open Mic with Eric Avilés
MOTT HAVEN, The Bronx
Buena Vista Social Club 🇨🇺
Casa de Muñecas 2 El regreso de Nora 🇨🇺 🇵🇷 🇻🇪
NY International Mariachi Festival 🇲🇽
Ballet Nepantla “Nacimiento” World Premiere 🇲🇽
Charo flamenco comedy 🇪🇸
Tout à Trac “Pinocchio” theatre 🇮🇹 🇨🇦
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, Queens
“Hell’s Kitchen” by Alicia Keys 🇺🇸
“Manahatta” by Mary Kathryn Nagle 🇺🇸
“The Ally” by Itamar Moses 🇮🇱
“Sally & Tom” by Suzan-Lori Parks 🇺🇸
“Jordans” by Ife Olujobi 🇳🇬
Shakespeare in the Park
“El Quijote,” Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 🇪🇸
“El último personaje de Cecilia B.,” Giovanny Cruz 🇵🇷
“En el tiempo de las mariposas,” Julia Álvarez 🇩🇴
“Eva Luna,” Isabel Allende 🇨🇱
“La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao,” Junot Díaz 🇩🇴
“La casa de Bernarda Alba,” García Lorca 🇪🇸
“La dama boba,” Lope de Vega 🇪🇸
“La golondrina,” Guillem Clua 🇪🇸
“La gringa,” Carmen Rivera 🇵🇷
“Lo preciso,” Rafael Ramírez flamenco 🇪🇸
“Radojka,” Schmidt & Ibarzabal theatrical comedy 🇺🇾
KIPS BAY, Manhattan
Latin Broadway Shows
Broadway shows play in Broadway theaters with 500 or more seats.
Chicago’s good bad-girl and bad good-girl lead characters were defined by Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli. Broadway’s longest-running show now cycles stars of stage and screen through its roles. 🇵🇷 🇮🇹
“Hamilton” is the Broadway hit of our generation. New York Puerto Rican Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Miranda family are special. 🇵🇷
The Lion King tells stories of Mother Africa. lionking.com
Moulin Rouge! The Musical is set in the Paris red-light district. 🇫🇷
Off-Broadway theaters have 100-499 seats.
54 Below, in Studio 54’s notorious basement, is a cabaret where Broadway stars regularly perform. 54below.com
A Tony, Pulitzer, Grammy, and HOLA Award-Winning producer and educator.
The Delacorte Theater is the home of Free Shakespeare in the Park, produced by the Public Theater.
National Black Theatre
The National Black Theatre is growing.
New York City Center
New York City Center is the home of the Manhattan Theatre Club, and a major producer of Broadway revivals in Encores!
Pregones/PRTT combines the Pregones Theater and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.
The Signature Theater is a playwrights theater. It regularly develops artists of color.
Teatro SEA is New York’s Latin children’s theatre. It’s known for it’s puppetry and producing bilingual theatre.
Latin Off-Off Broadway
Off-Off Broadway theaters have under 100 seats. This is community theatre, where theatre begins.
The Flea Theater is an experimental house for Black, Brown and Queer theatre in Tribeca. theflea.org
IATI Theater is a bilingual Latinx experimental theatre in the Bowery section of the East Village. @iatitheater
ID Studio Theater
ID Studio Theater is a Colombian community theater in Mott Haven, The Bronx.
Intar Theatre, in Hell’s Kitchen, is one of the oldest Latin theatre companies in the United States. Since 1966. intartheatre.org
La MaMa is an experimental theatre for emerging playwrights in the Lower East Side.
The Producers Club is a small playhouse with five stages or screening rooms, and a bar lounge, in the Times Square Theater District.
Teatro Circulo is a Latin bilingual theatre and rehearsal space in Manhattan’s East Village.
Teatro LATEA is an experimental Latin community theatre at The Clemente in the Lower East Side.
Thalia Spanish Theatre
The Thalia Spanish Theatre is led by a Spanish director who has been producing bilingual theatre in Sunnyside, Queens for over 30 years.
All the world’s civilizations have their own unique theatre traditions. In Mother Africa, ancient Egyptian passion plays go back as far as 2,000 BC. Native Americans, including the Maya, Aztec and Inca cultures, had their own theatre traditions. India, China, and Southeast Asia have rich theatre traditions too.
European theatre traditions begin with Aeschylus “The Persians” at the Greek Theatre of Dionysus in 472 BC. During the Middle Ages in Europe, religious theatre was used as a preliterate teaching tool, until it got rather unreligious and was banned. Those traditions live on today in holiday traditions across the Latin world.
Italian Commedia dell’arte, which we now call slapstick physical comedy (or TikTok or YouTube), became popular in the 1500s-1700s.
Latin theatre builds on Spanish Golden Age traditions (1590-1681) when all levels of society, from royals to street people, went to the theatre.
New York Theatre
It begins with Thomas Kean and Walter Murray’s Shakespearian and operatic theatre in the old Financial District in 1750. The first successful African American theatre was the African Grove Theatre which started at 38 Thomas St in Civic Center in 1821.
The first national American theatre was the short form comedy of minstrel shows from around 1850-1870. That racist nonsense still troubles us. In New York City, short form comedy evolved into vaudeville, radio, movies, television, and MTV. YouTube and Tik Tok are contemporary forms.
“Direct from Broadway” became a theatre marketing slogan when productions began national tours after the U.S. Civil War (1861-65). At the time all New York theatre was called Broadway theatre.
Latin theatre in New York City builds from Teatro Puerto Rico (1948-1994) which thrived with the Puerto Rican Great Migration of the 1950s.
Native American theatre traditions become part of Chicano theatre in the 1960s-70s.
Today what we call the Harlem Renaissance 3.0, is creating unprecedented opportunities for the “other” New York, artists of color. We are the 69%, and together, we are 100% New York City.