Gente de Teatro (GdT), a non-profit organization founded in 1995, is a highly motivated and vibrant Houston-based theater company. It is run by seven talented artists, performing in many capacities, who devote their energy to bringing the passion and emotion of Latin American & Spanish theatre to Houston audiences. Gente de Teatro is committed to promoting Latin American and Spanish culture through the work of renowned playwrights from Latin America & Spain. All performances are in Spanish, most with English surtitles.
The group was founded after several members performed in Mario Benedetti’s “Primavera con una esquina rota” directed by Ricardo Yamal at Rice University. Its founding members, Esteban Gago, Marcela Salas, and Claudia Soroka, recognized Houston’s need for a professional Spanish-language theatre group to present renowned Latin American plays in the language in which they were originally written.
In 2008, Gente de Teatro began including Spanish playwrights in their repertoire. In September 2011, Gente de Teatro first incorporated English surtitles during their performances, and they were also the first theater group to perform in Spanish at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
Gente de Teatro is the only non-profit theater organization in Houston that has performed in Spanish continuously since 1995, mostly at Rice University’s Hamman Hall. The members of Gente de Teatro work tirelessly to enrich the quality of life for Houston’s community through education, cultural awareness, and entertainment. Gente de Teatro boasts a loyal, mostly bilingual, audience that grows in size year after year. In 2017, GdT was nominated for “Most Improved Theater Company” (Broadway World 2017 Houston Region Awards). Since 2017, GdT has been a proud member of the Sin Muros Latino/a Theater Festival Task Committee, celebrating the range of Latina/Latino voices and stories reflecting the diversity of local Texas Communities. In 2018, GdT received the inaugural Premio Puente (The Bridge Award) (Sin Muros Latino/a Theater Festival, at Stages Repertory) in recognition of its body of work and its involvement in Houston’s diverse arts community.