WHO WE ARE.

MISSION & HISTORY.

GALA (Grupo de Artistas LatinoAmericanos) Hispanic Theatre is a National Center for Latino Performing Arts in the nation's capital. Since 1976, GALA has been promoting and sharing the Latino arts and cultures with a diverse audience, creating work that speaks to communities today, and preserving the rich Hispanic heritage for generations that follow. By developing and producing works that explore the breadth of Latino performing arts, GALA provides opportunities for the Latino artist, educates youth, and engages the entire community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Argentine-born Hugo Medrano, who came to Washington after spending five years directing and acting in Spain, was working for Teatro Doble, a bilingual children’s theater, where he met Rebecca Read, a dancer. Teatro Doble was Washington’s only theater catering to a Spanish-speaking audience, and Hugo saw a great need for a legitimate Spanish-speaking theater to fill this cultural void.

 

With GALA's very first play, La Fiaca by Argentine Ricardo Talesnik, Hugo and company confirmed what they already suspected: Washington was ripe and ready for a Hispanic theater.

GALA Hispanic Theatre moved into the historic Tivoli square in 2005 and has maintained Hispanic and Latino/a/x culture in the heart of Columbia Heights.

For GALA's production history, click here.

AWARDS.

GALA has been recognized for its contributions to the Hispanic arts at the local, national, and international levels. Most recent awards include:

 

2020 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award
Awarded to GALA's Executive Director Rebecca Medrano for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the arts sector within the mid-Atlantic region.

 

Nominations for the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards, HELEN category

Outstanding Production in a Musical GALA Hispanic Theatre

Outstanding Choreography in a MusicalLuis Salgado, FAME, The Musical

Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical
Irma Correa, The Old Man, the Youth, and the Sea

Outstanding Ensemble in a MusicalFAME, The Musical
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical 

Teresa Danskey and Susan Oliveras, FAME
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Juan Luis Espinal, FAME
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Tanya DeLeon, FAME

For a full list of awards, click here

STAFF.

Hugo Medrano

Co-Founder &

Producing Artistic Director

Rebecca Read Medrano

Co-Founder &

Executive Director

Abel López

Associate Producing Director

Tony Koehler

 Production Manager 

Dubraska

Vale-Lazardy

Public Relations &

Marketing Manager

Nadia Guevara

Director of Arts Engagement 

Samantha Arana

she/ella

Operations Administrator

Guadalupe Campos 

she/ella

Paso Nuevo Youth Program

Director

Jenny Cisneros

Rentals &

Facilities Manager

Antonio Montes

Community Facilitator &

Stories from the Park' N Lots

Alfonso 

Morales-Escobar

he/él

Box Office & Volunteer Coord.

David Phelps

he/él

Technical Director

 PASO NUEVO TEACHING ARTISTS.

Delbis Cardona
José Coca
Camilo Linares
Paz López
Catherine Nunez
Melissa Strova-Valencia

BOARD OF

DIRECTORS.

ADVISORY BOARD.

Grisella Martínez | Chair | National Association of Broadcasters

James Kiernan | Vice Chair | Organization of American States (retired) 

Michael Ruiz | Treasurer | Fannie Mae

Dr. Barbara Tenenbaum | Secretary | Library of Congress (retired)

Mario Acosta-Vélez | Verizon
John Fitzgerald-López | New Washington Land Company
Teri Gálvez | Paradigm Event Management
Guillermo García | UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Sonia Gutiérrez | Community Capital/Former CEO-Founder of Carlos Rosario International Charter Public School
Juan Jara | City National Bank
Jason León | Diversified Search
Art Moran | Tribune Broadcasting

Sara Morello | Equal Justice Works
Linda Jeanne Pool | Organization of American States (retired) 
Tracy Wood |
University of Maryland

 

Abel López | (ex-officio)
Hugo Medrano | (ex-officio)
Rebecca Read Medrano | (ex-officio)

Janet Farrell | M&T Bank

Joseph Eldridge | American University (retired)

Miryam Gerdine | Health and Human Services

Peter Hakim | Inter-American Dialogue

Joseph Horning III | Horning Brothers

Dorothy P. McSweeny | DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

(Chair Emeritus)

Héctor Torres and Jay Haddock | Capital Hotels & Suites (retired partners)

LITERARY ADVISORY BOARD.

Dr. Barbara Mujica | Georgetown University

Fernando van Reigersberg | INTERSAT (retired)

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PHONE

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202-234-7174

Fax: 202-332-1247

ADDRESS

THEODORE BARTH

FOUNDATION

GALA Theatre
3333 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010

Mailing Address
GALA Hispanic Theatre
P.O. Box 43209
Washington, DC 20010

 

Office Address
2437 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

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