Scope and Content
Chicano Studies Research Center Library
Title: Latino Theater Initiative / Center Theatre Group Records
Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles
Latino Theater Initiative
Identifier/Call Number: 41
30 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1980-2005
Abstract: Manuscripts, videos, administrative papers, and photographs related to the Los Angeles-based Center Theatre Group and its
Latino Theater Initiative.
Physical Location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library
and Archive for paging information.
Language of Material:
, Spanish; Castilian
Open for research.
Gift of the Center Theatre Group made to the UCLA CSRC on July 26, 2005. Deed on file at the Chicano Studies Research Center
Archive office, rm. 180 Haines Hall, UCLA.
From 1992 to 2004 the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles housed the Latino Theater Initiative (LTI) which was designed to
provide access not only to emerging Latinx artists but also to increase its Latinx audience base by offering theatrical programming
which was relevant to the Latinx community and reflected the diversity of the city of Los Angeles. One of the reasons why
this program was so groundbreaking was that it created a specific space for Latina/o theater within a nationally recognized
institution and helped to broaden the definition of American theater, as described in its mission statement, "By creating
art works that are culturally based, the Latino Theater Initiative contributes to a broader definition of American identity
while creating works and a new audience for the American Theater." Not only did the Initiative create an environment of artistic
possibilities for Latinx people but through special events, workshops and off-site events worked to integrate the theater
into the lives of its community members. Although the program was ultimately cut by newly appointed Artistic Director Michael
Richie in 2004, its influence can still be felt throughout the Los Angeles theater community and beyond. Many of the artists
who were fostered within the Initiative are now sprinkled throughout Los Angeles and beyond, and continue to create new work,
run local theater companies, and work as scholars and educators.
[Identification of item], Latino Theater Initiative / Center Theatre Group Papers 1980-2005, 41, Chicano Studies Research
Center, University of California, Los Angeles.
Processed by CSRC and Chantal Rodriguez, June-September 2006. Finding aid edited by Doug Johnson, September 2021. The editing
was done during the COVID-19 pandemic, so there was no access to the physical collection.
The Diane Rodriguez Papers, UCLA CSRC collection 117.
Scope and Content
Manuscripts, programs, videos, administrative papers, photographs related to the Los Angels based Center Theatre Group and
its Latino Theater Initiative.
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. Play Manuscripts
- Series 2. Programs
- Series 3. Photographic Materials
- Series 4. Audio Materials
- Series 5. VHS cassettes
- Series 6. Producton Materials
- Series 7. Administrative / Institutional Papers
- Series 8. Promotional material
These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user
must assume full responsibility for any use of materials, including but not limited to infringement of copyright and publication
rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.
The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
American Indian Dance Theatre
Culture Clash (Comedy troupe)
Mexican American theater
Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles, Calif.)