The Dan Guerrero Research Collection includes
ephemera, press kits, clippings, photographs, and audio visual materials
documenting Mr. Guerrero's successful career as a Chicano activist,
producer, and performance artist. Also included are materials reflecting
the life and career of his father – the father of Chicano music,
Lalo Guerrero and his dear friend, artist Carlos Almaraz. This
collection complements the existing archival collection housed at the
University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Special
Collections California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA). Under
their stewardship are both Mr. Guerrero's personal papers as well as his
father's, Lalo Guerrero.
DAN GUERRERO began his entertainment career in New York where he was
a successful theatrical agent with clients in the original casts of
countless Broadway musicals. He returned home to Los Angeles for an
equally successful time as a casting director for stage and television
before turning his talents to producing and directing.
Guerrero has been widely acclaimed as a highly creative independent
producer of diverse programming for network and cable television in both
English and Spanish including talk shows and music specials for NBC,
PBS, HBO, FOX, Univision and Telemundo.
At the same time, he has produced and staged spectacular international
arts and culture events at such prestigious venues as the John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, the Dorothy
Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the National Hispanic Cultural Center
in Albuquerque and the Cite de la Musique in Paris, France. Kennedy
Center credits include the Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World concert in
the Opera House; the AmericArtes Gala in the Concert Hall; Pablo Neruda:
A Centenary Celebration in the Terrace Theatre; and Japan! Culture +
Hyper Culture in the Roof Top Gallery.
Other live, non-broadcast productions include the world premiere of
Concierto para Mendez for the Los Angeles Opera; the San Jose Mariachi
& Mexican Heritage Festival Gala for artistic director Linda
Ronstadt; the United States Artists Fellows Celebration at the Museum of
Contemporary Art in Chicago; The Maravilla Concert to inaugurate the Roy
E. Disney Performing Arts Center at the National Hispanic Cultural
Center in Albuquerque, the opening ceremonies for the city-wide Artes de
Mexico Festival with more than 300 musical performers and costumed
participants on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall; the Placido Domingo
Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the inaugural NCLR Alma Awards
at the Biltmore Millennium Hotel; the Imagen Awards at the Beverly
Hilton International Ballroom and the Concerte Chicano et Tex Mex at the
Cite de la Musique in Paris. Recent plays with music include Raisin'
Cane, a solo show about the Harlem Renaissance starring Jasmine Guy and
the Avery Sharp Jazz Trio that toured nationally before a bow at New
York's storied Apollo Theatre and Still Life, a two character play with
cello and guitar about Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo. Guerrero began
his TV production career at Guber-Peters Television as head writer and
co-producer of the long-running late night talk/variety program, El Show
de Paul Rodriguez. The landmark show hosted by the comic actor aired
nationally on Univision and internationally throughout Latin America
bringing the biggest U.S. and Latin American stars together in a
groundbreaking bilingual format.
He eventually headed Paul Rodriguez Productions with El Show colleagues
where the team produced four "docu-comedy" specials for FOX: Paul
Rodriguez: Behind Bars, Crossing Gang Lines, Back to School and Born to
Ride. The highly rated programs were a unique mix of documentary
footage, music performances and stand-up comedy taped at locations from
San Quentin prison to the Black Hills of South Dakota and the barrios of
East LA and South Central.
Guerrero later served as executive producer of another successful
talk/variety show, Al Dia con Maria Conchita. The Spanish-language daily
talker aired nationally on Telemundo with Maria Conchita Alonso hosting
top music and film guests from Latin America.
He also co-produced the PBS Kennedy Center Concert of the Americas with
Quincy Jones/David Saltzman Entertainment featuring the biggest names
from the U.S., Mexico, Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean. The
concert at the James L. Knight Convention Center in Miami celebrated the
Summit of the Americas and was attended by President Bill Clinton and
thirty-four leaders of Western Hemisphere countries. Guerrero went on to
produce the star-studded NBC Vida Awards, the CNBC J.D. Power Global
Automotive Awards hosted by Tim Allen and the national PBS music
special, Vikki Carr: Memories/Memorias that featured Carr, Arturo
Sandoval, Mexican superstar Pepe Aguilar and Jack Jones. The bilingual
program included a video and CD release.
An earlier bilingual Christmas special produced for Buena Vista
International also created a best-selling CD topping the Billboard Top
50 Latin Albums chart. Navidad en las Americas was taped at Disneyland
and aired on Univision with Ricky Martin, Chayanne, Jose Feliciano,
Pedro Fernandez and Luis Enrique among the TV guest performers.
Guerrero recently co-produced and co-wrote Lalo Guerrero: The Original
Chicano, an award-winning documentary on his late father, Chicano music
icon Lalo Guerrero. The film aired nationally on PBS stations in the
Voces series hosted by Edward James Olmos and included a DVD/CD release.
It has also screened at national and international Film Festivals
including the Turks & Caicos International Film Festival where the
film garnered awards for Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Song.
The eclectic producer/director has been twice honored by the
distinguished Imagen Foundation for his positive portrayal of the Latino
culture in his work and Hispanic Magazine recognized him as "one of the
25 most powerful Latinos in Hollywood." The Dan Guerrero Collection on
Latino Entertainment and the Arts has been established in the California
Ethnic and Multicultural Archives at the University of California, Santa
Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research
Center. All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in
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publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research
Center as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include
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