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Paso Nuevo is GALA's free, year-round program offered to high school students between the ages of 14 and 19 during Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. This is a bilingual, inclusive theatre education program incorporating acting training, playwrighting, and mentorship. Students can earn community service hours, receive performance stipends, go on field trips, and train for future employment and leadership opportunities.

Paso Nuevo offers singing, acting, stage makeup, music and guitar, podcast production, web series production, and much more! To learn more about the program and its history, click here.

Participating students have had the opportunity to perform at The Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The DREAM Project, and The White House.

To register for the Summer 2024 Paso Nuevo cohort, click here.

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For more information, email and follow Paso Nuevo on Instagram: @pasonuevotheatre

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On Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 7:30 pm, Paso Nuevo presented Óyeme, The Beautiful by Miriam Gonzales. This bilingual play delves into the lives of four refugee students who find themselves grappling with the challenges of adapting to life in the United States while confronting the trauma of the lives they left behind... A testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of hope to triumph over adversity. 

This FREE show is appropriate for all ages.

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On Thursday, December 14, 2023, at 7 pm, Paso Nuevo presented its Winter Showcase 2023, an evening of music, dance, and acting that included excerpts from the play Óyeme, The Beautiful by Miriam Gonzales. Students also touched on Latin American traditions such as La llorona and the universal topics of family, life, and death.

This FREE show is appropriate for all ages.


On Wednesday, August 9, 2023, Paso Nuevo and the DC Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) presented A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sueño de una noche de verano) by William Shakespeare. Directed by Chris Ríos and presented in Spanish, this comedy tells the story of the reconciliation of two pairs of lovers, as well as the wedding of a King and his bride.  

This FREE show is appropriate for all ages.

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On Thursday, December 15, 2022, Paso Nuevo presented highlights of the work developed by the students in 2022, including excerpts of El puente (The Bridge) by Carlos Gorostiza, a play presented in Summer 2022. The show also included a new work inspired by the famous salsa song Pedro Navaja by Rubén Blades, which is recognized throughout Latin America for its dark humor regarding issues of life and death. The FREE show was presented in Spanish.


On Thursday, August 4, 2022, Paso Nuevo presented El puente by Carlos Gorostiza. This new staging, presented in Spanish with English surtitles, is the story of two families united by a tragic event. A mixture of tragedy and comedy that has become a classic of Latin American theater. 


On Friday, December 17, 2021, Paso Nuevo presented their original show for the Fall 2021 cohort, Risks of an Immigrant Woman. Directed by Francisca Tapia and presented in Spanish with some English, this play is about a teenager who dreams of becoming an actor, but the profession is closed and forbidden for women in her home country. Determined, Dani emigrates to the US, where she is also barred from the industry and endures seemingly endless abuse from men... Taking her fate into her own hands, Dani will dress as a man and pursue her dreams. 

This show is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Listen to the Soundtrack here!


On Thursday, August 5, 2021, Paso Nuevo presented Los papeleros by Isidora Aguirre, which explores power, exploitation, inequality, and violence against women. This musical production, presented in Spanish and English, was the final work of the Summer 2021 cohort. 



Overcoming the challenges of social distancing in COVID-19 times, Paso Nuevo students worked in a hybrid format to create Creatividad Latinx, a series of podcasts in Spanish.

In the first season of Creatividad Latinx, Paso Nuevo students provide stark and refreshingly candid portraits of their lives, cultures, families, cultures, and migration to the U.S. El Violinista Maldito (The Cursed Violinist), an original play is presented in segments throughout the season.

In season 2, Paso Nuevo shares a compilation of original works, including poetry, a play written by the students, and a very special episode about climate change and what we can do as a community to combat the issue (sponsored by Pepco-Exelon).


Listen on Soundcloud, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts now!

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In a hybrid format, Paso Nuevo student-artists write, produce, and direct a series of videos to welcome Spanish-speaking recent arrivals to the D.C. area. 

Proud sponsor of Paso Nuevo and GALA's education programs

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