Multicultural Playwrights Festival: CURATOR NEEDED


eSe Teatro is searching for someone to curate our part in the upcoming Multicultural Playwrights Festival (with several other theatre organizations).

You would act as a liaison between our chosen playwrights, eSe, other orgs and the Festival heads, attend meetings, see the festival through to its conclusion in Nov.

This is an opportunity to work with a fabulous & diverse group of artists on a really interesting, creative project, and dip your toe into the world of festival curation on a smaller scale (aka just for eSe and not the WHOLE festival). Plays have already been read and we are finishing up our selection process, so you will not need to read 500 plays, but rather, take over for the person who did!

Please contact for more info if interested!

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in News


GiveBIG to eSe Teatro!

GiveBIG to eSe Teatro!

GiveBIG to eSe Teatro!

Dearest Friends/Queridissimos Amigos,
As you may or may not know, tomorrow, May 15, is a special day: The Seattle Foundation’s annual and amazing GiveBIG fundraiser, designed to inspire generosity and support in the many deserving, unique forces for change (be it artistic, social, political, etc. or all of the above!): Seattle’s non-profit organizations, big and small.
We here at eSe Teatro encourage you, if you are able, to give as much as you can to as many of these deserving organizations as you can! No gift is too small (or too BIG). Non-profits are always in need of goods and services, and even $10 is a great head start towards achieving something that might actively make a difference in someone’s life.
For example, $10 within eSe might buy a child of immigrant parents his a ticket to the a first theatre experience, to see people who look like him or herself telling stories that might be familiar. This might, in turn spark an interest in storytelling, in the arts, in making a difference. $10 within eSe might buy a homeless audience member a small hospitality kit (containing toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and soap among other things) at a special screening of Rose Cano’s Don Quixote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle. $10 might buy an hour of rehearsal space towards a performance like Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad or Oedipus El Rey.
If this is what $10 does, imagine what can happen with $25, $100, $1000? In the past, we’ve taken Electricidad to South Park where audiences could most like those portrayed in the production could see it for free; we’ve taken readings of Don Quixote to homeless shelters as well as RN workshops, and we’ve brought notable guest artists to Seattle to both hold workshops and direct productions like Oedipus El Rey.
We hope you will consider giving big tomorrow, to eSe Teatro, and to other organizations that are near and dear to your heart – and maybe take a chance on some you’ve only recently become aware of! A little bit goes a very long way, and you might discover some very significant, personal rewards along the way.
GiveBIG, amigos!!!
eSe Teatro:
Rose Cano (Artistic Director)
Meg Savlov (Outreach Coordinator)
Carolynne Wilcox (PR Coordinator)
Caroline Castro (PR Coordinator)
Jennifer Tee (Volunteer Coordinator)
Mandy Canales (Production Manager)
Learn More HERE.
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in News


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Rose Cano: How I’ve Stayed in Love with Theatre

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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in News



Arlene Martinez-Vazquez: How I Fell in Love with Theatre

When it comes to Theatre, I guess I have always seen myself as a ‘late bloomer’. I didn’t really get involved until my twenties and even then, it wasn’t quite love at first sight. I knew I wanted to direct. I knew I could not feel hunger, pain, cold or warm for as long as I was in a rehearsal or at a performance. But I don’t think I could have articulated at that time what it was that drew me to Theatre or why I thought I belonged in it. In fact, I don’t think I was 100% sure I belonged.
It wasn’t until February 2008 when I had the opportunity to see Pina Bausch’s Cafe Muller and Rite of Spring in London, that I knew exactly why I was doing Theatre and where I should be heading. Those dance pieces were more theatrical than many pieces of Theatre I have seen.
Tall order, though: Falling in love with Theatre because you get a glimpse that a different world is possible.
Arlene Martinez-Vazquez is eSe Teatro’s literary manager, and will be directing Rose Cano’s upcoming Don Quixote and Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle for eSe’s mainstage this fall.
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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in News



eSe Taller Presents: Two Workshops with Daniel Jaquez (INTAR in NYC)

Director’s Lab

Thursday, May 9, 7-10pm
Saturday, May 11, 11am-2pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Cost: $75 (per registered director)

Under the guidance of director/choreographer Daniel Jáquez, emerging and intermediate level directors will have a chance to hone their skills in a safe environment.

Are you tired of waiting for a chance to work on your craft? Are you looking for an forum to show your peers what you are working on? Are there actors in Seattle you have been wanting to work with? Is there a play or performance you have been wanting to delve into? This is an opportunity to work on the staging of a play or scene you have in mind with actors of your choice.
Directors will bring in 5 – 8 minutes of material previously rehearsed. If there is text, actors must be off book. 2 – 3 person scenes maximum. No self-direction.

Design elements must be used including lights and music (during or between scenes). eSe Teatro will provide a CD player, a clip light with a few basic gel colors, chairs and a table. Actors can bring in anything they feel is necessary to tell the story of the scene as they see it.

In this Lab setting renowned director Daniel Jáquez will help you evaluate your work in terms of communication with actors, focus, artistic intent, point of view and other key directorial elements. In that process of working on your feet, changes will be made and incorporated into the work. You might be asked to consider spacing, more interesting staging and other creative and aesthetic solutions. All directors will present their work at least one day. Their actors must be present.
Directors must send the script to Daniel Jaquez via at least one week prior. This gives Daniel a chance to study each director’s script.

Class size: 8 Directors

Please register online for this workshop HERE.
Adaptations – Creating New Work Based on Classics
Friday, May 10, 7-10pm
Saturday, May 11, 4-7pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Cost: $75

Something Borrowed, Something New–Adaptation is a marriage of ideas with a rebirth of style. Using the classical script as a path, writers, directors and actors will tease out and explore the important issues of a chosen play as a group. Participants will learn the tools for creative analysis and improvisation, freeing themselves to find creative solutions.

“As a class, we will explore the classic “The House of Bernarda Alba” by Federico Garcia Lorca. (The play must be read prior to class.) We will begin by digging into the original text, its purpose, structure, ideas, and value in today’s world. We will then reach into our current world and life experiences to come up with parallels that are important to us. Structured improvisations will help to generate dialogue. For the second day of the workshop, participants will write a response (a scene, a monologue)to what was explored. These will be read/ performed in class.
Writers that want to create from improve are strongly encouraged.
This workshop is open to all with the desire to explore and come up with creative solutions. This is not a traditional writing workshop.”

Class size: 8 to 12 participants.

Please register online for this workshop HERE.
About Daniel Jaquez, Workshop Instructor
Daniel Jaquez, Teaching!

Daniel Jaquez, Teaching!

Daniel Jáquez (NYC) directs nationally and is a translator/adapter of classical scripts. His translations include “Fuente Ovejuna” which was produced at Miracle Theatre in Portland, where he is currently directing (and choreographer for) the World Premiere of “Dance For A Dollar”.
Daniel Jáquez is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and is an Associate Artist at INTAR Theatre, where he is the director of the company Unit 52. He is also an Associate Artist at The Miracle Theatre in Portland, Oregon and at Teatro Vida in Springfield, MA as well as an Advisory Committee member for The Lark’s US/Mexico Playwright Exchange.
From 2003 to 2006 he was Director-Producer of INTAR Theatre’s NewWorks Lab and he is the co-founder of Calpulli Mexican Dance Theatre in Queens, NY and from 2003 to 2011 was its Artistic Director.
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Posted by on April 23, 2013 in News


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Call for Actors, Designers & Stage Managers for Don Quijote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle

eSe Teatro: Seattle Latinos Take Stage is looking for:

Stage Managers
Designers (set, costumes, lights, sound, & props)

for its upcoming production of Don Quijote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle, written by Rose Cano, directed by Arlene Martinez. All ethnicities are encouraged to apply. Some working-knowledge of Spanish is needed to understand the script.

Don Quijote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle is a relevant adaptation of the Golden Age classic that explores the challenges of maintaining a person’s dignity while living on the streets. This script has been developed by doing readings at several organizations that provide services for the homeless, where homeless people provided us with their feedback on how they felt they were being represented on stage. Last year, we presented a staged reading at ACT as part of Hansberry Project’s Multicultural Playwrights’ Festival, where we provided twenty tickets to two different homeless services organizations to bring their constituents to this prestigious downtown theatre to see this play.

Now, after two years of development, we are ready to present a full production at Rainier Valley Cultural Center in Columbia City.

Applicants must be available for the following production schedule:
June 1 – First Production Meeting (time/location TBD)
July 28 – Designs Ready (final drafts, open to change during the rehearsal process)
Rehearsals start – Aug 19
Tech – Oct 13
Show: Oct 16 – Nov 3

Stipend available for all positions. To apply, please send a Resume and cover letter to by April 27, 2013. Designers must also submit work samples (past production shots).

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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in News


The Rundown: Audition Workshop with Valerie Curtis-Newton and Andrew Russell

Frank discussion around the table on Day 1.

Frank discussion around the table on Day 1.


eSe Taller/eSe Workshops is in full swing, with two workshops down, and three to go. Following is an account of our latest venture at Washington Hall.

Last Monday, 10 of us embarked on a 6-hour journey in the interest of both getting better at and partially demystifying The Audition Process for ourselves, with eSe Teatro’s guest instructors, local luminaries Valerie Curtis-Newton (of Hansberry Project and UW Theatre Dept) and Andrew Russell (of Intiman’s Summer Festival).

The first evening was spent around a table talking, mainly, about just *entering/leaving the room*:

1.)    Does your headshot convey what you want it to?

2.)    What type are you?

3.)    Which famous person do people say you look like or you’d like to emulate?

4.)    What is your energy like when you walk into the audition room?

5.)    How should you greet/treat the folks auditioning you?

6.)    How should you begin/end your showing of work?

We went around the table and looked at the headshots of those who’d brought them, with the instructors telling us honestly whether they’d call someone back or not based only on the photo and/or what they might possibly call them back for, which was extremely interesting, eyeopening and useful…possibly a little shocking to some participants.

This segued into a small discussion on type and again, we went around the table discussing those actors we’d always been compared with as well as those we’d LIKE to be compared with. Again, an interesting discussion and informative discussion.

We learned more about the do’s and don’ts of entering the room & greeting the folks on the other side of the table (always be friendly and easy-going!), as well as some of our instructors’ pet peeves in any given audition situation (don’t apologize for yourself or your work!) and some info on what they’d like to see (anything NEW!) when you’re up on your feet – watching 800+ monologues in any given situation can probably get a little mind-numbingly monotonous, especially with the advent of multiple repeats.

Given the sometimes brutally honest comments made in regards to our headshots and/or personal demeanor on Monday, there

Valerie demonstrating what NOT to do...

Valerie demonstrating what NOT to do…

was some tension in the air as we arrived for Wednesday’s portion of the workshop, which was spent entirely getting up, one by one, walking into the room and presenting/working audition monologues for feedback.

This portion of the class was even more useful, and the feedback helpful and constructive. Some participants were asked to enter the room more than once before monologues were even started – others were given physical, tactical and/or viewpoint suggestions (even as simple as “try it again sitting in a chair” or “pretend she’s right THERE”) that transformed their pieces tenfold.

Overall, the workshop was a wonderfully succinct and practical way to spend two evenings (and $75), and chock-full of both stock and personal  professional information that seemed to serve all participants well! Though of course, I guess we won’t know until we test it out in person!

If you’ve missed the first two eSe Taller workshops, you still have a couple chances left to participate coming up in May, with Danial Jaqeuz’s two workshops geared to Directors and artists interested in Adaptation, and Carter Rodriguez’s workshop geared towards actors wanting more exposure to Shakespeare’s work.

You can register and find more information by clicking here.

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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in News


A Message from Daniel

Daniel Jaquez is leading TWO workshops with us in May. I know you all know that! Daniel is coming all the way from New York City, after making a stop for his play’s world premiere at The Miracle Theatre in Portland. He sent us a message about his hopes and goals for each workshop.

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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in News


eSe Taller: A Participant’s Take

The Book-It style performance class was fantastic! Myra is such an inspirational theatre artist. She was a great facilitator, and helped everyone feel welcome, no matter their level of experience.

I feel the class helped me not only brush up on my acting skills, but get a look into the arduous work that Book-It adapters, directors, and performers handle on a regular basis.

Not only did it give us all a chance to explore the Book-It style, but we also had the opportunity to network with other local theatre artists. I look forward to more workshops hosted by eSe Teatro.

–Marquicia Domingue

Participants hard at work on a passage of text!

Participants hard at work on a passage of text!


Marquicia participated in eSe Taller’s The Art of Performance in the Book-It Style workshop, which took place on Monday, March 15, at Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District. Read the full lowdown HERE!

Please join us for the remaining workshops in the eSe Taller series:

  • Auditioning for Actors and Directors with Intiman Theatre’s Valerie Curtis-Newton and Andrew Russell          April 8 & 10
  • Director’s Lab with Daniel Jáquez of INTAR in NYC                                                                                  May 9 & 11
  • Adaptations – Creating New Work Based on Classics with Daniel Jáquez of INTAR in NYC                            May 10 & 11
  • Shakespeare: Text, Voice and Body with Carter Rodriguez of Freehold’s Engaged Theatre                          May 18, 20 & 23


Click HERE for information and registration

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in News


Our First Workshop: Inspiring and FUN!

The scene: Washington Hall, in the CD. A warm, sunny day in late March, early evening. 12 theatre artists, including Book-It Repertory Theatre’s illustrious co-founder, Myra Platt gathered to make some magic.

Myra began with a little background on Book-It’s signature, trademarked style, and we found ourselves up on our feet, with a couple of warm-up and name-learning exercises.553170_359359140835274_2033618085_n

Then came the partner work, creating short, pieces together based on sentences we wrote down, then fished out of a hat. We were encouraged to use descriptive adverbs and adjectives to paint a picture, while we engaged in performing the actions in our text.

“You get to use words and descriptions that normally aren’t used in theatre, which makes it delicious!” mentioned one enthusiastic workshop participant.

Next, Myra provided us with some text she had brought in: one was a paragraph from an undisclosed novel; another was an already adapted scene from another novel. Two groups of 3 worked on the paragraph, while a group of 4 worked on the scene, and another participant worked on a monologue.

It was most interesting to see the two groups tackle the same passage of text in completely different ways, each melding the imaginations of the actors at hand with the provided descriptive paragraph. The pre-adapted scene gave us a great insight, as well, into the next phase of the Book-It style, and suddenly, the two hours were up!

“Wow, that was so inspiring. I feel envigorated and refreshed as an actor!” exclaimed another artist as we were headed out the door for the night.


Come take a bite of the inspiration yourself at one or ALL of our remaining eSe Taller workshops: Auditioning for Actors & Directors is coming up April 8 & 10 (NEXT WEEK!). Click here for more information and to register for any or ALL of our eSe Taller workshop series.


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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in News