Pregones/PRTT with R.Evolución Latina

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and R.Evolución Latina announce the 2024 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.

This year’s training will develop and explore these disciplines through the lens of BODY MUSIC. Participants will expand their artistry by applying these tools and further developing their storytelling skills through varying classes and workshops.

The 2-week program will culminate with a special public performance opportunity. Those accepted into the program will have the chance to be part of the showcase production of BARBA, directed by Luis Salgado. BARBA is a contemporary musical and the true story of Brazilian body percussionist Fernando Barba written by Carlos Bauzys and Kim Bixler. Carlos Bauzys is a renowned Brazilian music director who serves as co-music director of Barba’s namesake body percussion group the Barbatuques.

Participation in the showcase production is not mandatory nor required to participate in workshops.

The application period for this term is now closed. RJTU + BWS engage 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 2024 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.

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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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2024 RJTU + BWS

  • Dates

    Application Due November 22, 2023

    Invited Auditions on November 28-29, 2023

    Workshop Dates:
    January 29-February 9, 2024
    10am-4pm ET, Monday-Friday

    Showcase Dates:
    February 12-24, 2024
    Rehearsals and Performances

  • Locations

    Workshop Locations:
    National Dance Institute in Harlem
    Pregones Theater in The Bronx

  • Our Team

    R.Evolución Latina

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