This year’s intensive is open by invitation only to prior workshop participants in alignment with Covid-19 safety protocols and main focus of curriculum.

Pregones/PRTT with R.Evolución Latina

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and R.Evolución Latina announce the 2023 edition of their joint Raúl Juliá Training Unit (RJTU) and Beyond Workshop Series (BWS), an acclaimed interdisciplinary training and outreach program that challenges practicing and aspiring artists to further develop their creative, performative, technical, self-confidence, and leadership skills to succeed in the arts.

The focus of this year’s program will be MOVEMENT, a powerful undercurrent to everything we do as artists from dance to music to acting. We will work together to assist the development of stage artists through movement, how movement is part of the story we want to tell and, in the same way, how movement connects with our voices and vibrates throughout and beyond our communities.

Participants will explore the power of movement and its crucial role in storytelling for the theater utilizing such tools as Viewpoints, Suzuki, Contemporary Dance, Devised Theatre, and more. Our 2023 RJTU + BWS is again led by a stellar network of Broadway and Off-Broadway professional dancers, choreographers, performers, and teachers. We invite you to be part of this unique process of artistic and human development.

APPLY HERE: Online application now open through January 30, 2023. We seek artists that are dedicated to growing and giving back through their art. All disciplines, experience levels, and ethnic/cultural heritages are encouraged to apply.


  • FREE • NO COST! This program is created to further the growth of artists that are committed to giving back. Those accepted into the 2023 RJTU + BWS will receive a full scholarship. In return, participants are asked to pay it forward by volunteering of their time and talents to help others go beyond.
  • Pregones/PRTT and R.Evolución Latina provide this platform as a means to empower professional and aspiring artists. We believe that coming together as creative community makes us stronger, and that all tools have a place in our creative practice!

Pregones/PRTT and R.Evolución Latina proudly collaborate as a way honor and amplify the legacy of Miriam Colón (1936-2017) and Raúl Juliá (1940-1994), two titans who helped pave the way for all Latinx artists today.

Our Esteemed Faculty – Click to Open

LUIS SALGADO is “one of the young Latinos on Broadway who has dedicated his entire life to both dance and social work” as quoted on Broadway World. Luis is a true leader who lives full of passion, fire, and a commitment to going beyond. A unique style, influence of Latin rhythms and his heritage make Luis a stand out among dancers. His ability to “dive right in” makes him an artist and a visionary who makes things possible at times against all odds. Salgado has come on strong with his love for theatre plunging into every aspect of the art form, including producing. This Puerto Rican artist is a versatile performer whose career has molded him into an internationally established director, choreographer, and a teacher that brings a unique passion to the classroom.

GABRIELA GARCÍA is a native of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. She feels grateful to have been on Broadway for so many years and blessed to be able to give back to her community. Her passion for the arts brought her to join Luis Salgado and R.Evolución Latina at the beginning of 2008. Gabriela follows the RL motto of “Dare to Go Beyond.” She’s a passionate teacher, inspiring, mentoring and instilling her values and work ethic into the young Latino community. She is recipient of “El Diario’s 2010 Mujeres Destacadas” award and member of the advisory board for the Broadway League’s “Viva Broadway” initiative. She has taught Ballet, Jazz and Theater Dance at schools across Germany, Austria, Mexico, Peru, Sweden, and in various schools in New York.

IAN HERSEY is an actor, director and teacher of Shakespeare, and master teacher and curriculum designer for R.Evolución Latina’s Shakespeare Project. He was assistant director of Dan Sullivan’s much lauded production of Cymbeline at the Delacorte. He adapted and co-directed Othello for the José Limón dance company. Text and Dialogue Coaching credits include The Old Globe, The Public Theater, The Juilliard School, Williamstown, Shakespeare on the Sound, The 52nd Street Project, and The Flea. As an actor he has performed on stage and television, in film and commercials. He holds a Master’s in Education from Harvard University.

DESMAR GUEVARA is Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s Resident Composer and Musical Director. A seasoned composer and concert pianist, he studied at Berklee College and is a champion of new music idioms in Latin Jazz, as well as experimental/non-traditional music for live theater performance. He also has substantial experience in traditional composition for stage, film, and video. Awards and commissions include Ford Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Bronx Council on the Arts, TCG/Pew Trusts, Meet The Composer, and National Performance Network. He is a founding member of acclaimed contemporary Puerto Rican bomba and plena band Viento de Agua, and founding director of Afro Puerto Rican chamber jazz ensemble Taller Sicá.

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Photos from prior editions of RJTU + BWS by Ari Blanco.

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. For a full list of our funders, visit

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Back In Person 100% – This program is held in person in New York City; no virtual options offered at this time.

2023 RJTU + BWS

  • Locations

    Apply Now Online

    Auditions Location TBA

    Workshop Location:
    National Dance Institute
    217 West 147th Street
    New York, NY 10039

  • Dates

    Application Due January 30, 2023

    Invited Auditions on February 6, 2023

    Workshop Dates:
    February 26 – March 12, 2023
    10am-4pm ET, Monday-Friday
    (with special events each Sunday)

  • Our Team

    R.Evolución Latina

    Luis Salgado
    Ian Hersey
    Matthew Steffens
    Ray Mercer
    Valeria Solomonoff
    Gabriela García
    Valeria Cossu
    Rosalba Rolón
    Desmar Guevara