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Two actors dancing ballet as part of GALA's production of FAME The Musical in 2019


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.

Hugo Medrano, GALA's co-founder, performing in The Kiss of Spiderwoman.

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.

To learn more about GALA's history, click here.

Read our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement here.

For GALA's production history, click here.

Learn more about the Abel López Leadership Award in Latino Arts here.


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


2023 Helen Hayes Awards, HELEN category

Outstanding Production in a Musical – GALA Hispanic Theatre - On Your Feet!
Outstanding Direction in a Musical – Luis Salgado - On Your Feet! 
Outstanding Choreography in a Musical – Luis Salgado - On Your Feet! 
Outstanding Musical Direction – Walter "Bobby" McCoy - On Your Feet! 
Outstanding Costume Design – Jeannette Christensen - On Your Feet! 
Outstanding Lighting Design – Christopher Annas-Lee - On Your Feet! 
Outstanding Media/Projections Design – Patrick Lord - On Your Feet! 
Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Musical – Fran Tapia - On Your Feet!
Outstanding Lead Performer in a Musical – Gaby Albo - On Your Feet! 
Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Play – Evely
n Rosario Vega - La casa de la laguna (The House on the Lagoon)
Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical – GALA Hispanic Theatre - Revoltosa (The Troublemaker)


2023 Diversity in Business Honoree
Awarded by the Washington Business Journal to GALA's Producing Artistic Director Hugo Medrano for his contributions to diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

For a full list of awards, click here


Click here to read GALA staff bios.

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Hugo Medrano

Co-Founder &

Producing Artistic Director

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Rebecca Read Medrano

Co-Founder &

Executive Director

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Abel López

Associate Producing Director

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Jon Townson

Technical Director

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P. Vanessa Losada

 Production Manager 



Public Relations &

Marketing Manager


Thornton Freeman

Education & Arts Engagement Director



Rentals &

Facilities Manager

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Diana Rodríguez

Operations Administrator


Natalie Cumming


Production Manager

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José Pablo Payró

Marketing Assistant


Fe Miranda

Education Assistant

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Jonathan M. Olivares


Graphic Designer

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Pablo Guillén

Paso Nuevo Youth Program




Delbis Cardona | Kelton Norris 

Juan Carlos Méndez | Pablo Guillén | Aldo Ortega



Jason León | Chair | Diversified Search

Michael Ruiz | Treasurer | Fannie Mae

Janet López | Secretary | M&T Bank

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

Syddia Lee-Chee Murillo | Energetica Group, LLC

Art Moran | Tribune Broadcasting
Tracy Wood | University of Maryland

Dr. Barbara Tenenbaum | Library of Congress (retired)

Cristina King Miranda | AJOLOTE Travel and Cultural Experiences

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

Janet Farrell | M&T Bank

Joseph Eldridge | American University (retired)

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)


Dr. Barbara Mujica | Georgetown University

Stephanie van Reigersberg

José Zayas | Director, NYC

Nilo Cruz | Playwright and Director, Miami, FL

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