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Gente de Teatro


Gente de Teatro (GdT) is an award-winning Houston-based 501(c) non-profit theater company. Founded in 1995, GdT is committed to promoting the work of renowned playwrights from Latin America & Spain as well as acclaimed international authors through performances in Spanish almost always with English surtitles. The aim is to create cultural awareness, foster diversity, entertain and enrich the quality of life of the Houston greater community. 


Gente de Teatro 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 Spanish-language theatre company 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. In 2021, GdT expanded its mission to include plays from acclaimed international authors. 

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 and MATCH.  In 2017, 2018 & 2019, GdT was nominated for “Most Improved Theater Company” (Broadway World Houston Region Awards). Since 2017, GdT has been a proud member of the Sin Muros Latinx Theater Festival Task Committee, celebrating the range of Latinx voices and stories reflecting the diversity of local Texas Communities.  In 2018, GdT received the inaugural Premio Puente (The Bridge Award) (Sin Muros Latinx Theater Festival, at Stages) in recognition of its body of work and its involvement in Houston’s diverse arts community. GdT has also been recognized by the General Consulate of Argentina in Houston and the Cultural Cabinet of the Argentine Chancellery.  

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. * * 713-826-0445

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