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Beyond Workshop Series SPRING 2020

Pre-Professional Performing Arts Training

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater is pleased to announce its third year partnership with R.Evolución Latina for realization of the Raúl Juliá Training Unit (RJTU) in conjunction with the Beyond Workshop Series (BWS). The program is a 6-week interdisciplinary performing arts training workshop at the pre-professional level, and is imparted by seasoned theater professionals with Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, film and television credits.

This year’s acting, dance, and music curriculum culminates in a fresh new take on William Shakespeare’s notoriously violent revenge play, Titus Andronicus. Holding a mirror up to the realities of immigration and women’s empowerment in 2020, this will be POC Shakespeare like you have never before seen! The Bard of Avon’s heightened language meets the rich sonority and rhythms of Latinx cultures, and training artists get to bring their full selves to bear on the themes of collective resistance, social change, and justice. Workshops culminate in public performances of the classic play at Pregones Theater in The Bronx.

The Raúl Juliá Training Unit, a bilingual English/Spanish program, is offered free of charge to participants. Online application and in-person audition are both required. Space is limited and application does not guarantee enrollment. Determinations are made by the program’s artistic leadership. We seek applicants with the passion and discipline required for intensive training, and who feel strongly about giving back through their art.

Raúl Juliá Training Unit

Applications DEADLINE EXTENDED: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Invited Audition NEW DATE: March 29, 2020 – 11am-3pm
Workshops: April 17-May 15, 2020 – 9:30am to 4pm – Location TBA
Production: May 18-May 30, 2020 – at Pregones in THE BRONX

For Pregones/PRTT and R.Evolución Latina, the renewed partnership and joint run of the RJTU and BWS in 2020 is a way to magnify the impact of each of our missions, and to honor the memory and legacy of Miriam Colón (1936-2017) and Raúl Juliá (1940-1994), two titans who helped pave the way for all Latinx artists today. The partnership builds on the strengths of last year’s joint run, and raises the bar with new and welcome creative challenges.

Luis Salgado, Artistic Director of R.Evolución Latina, says “Artists are challenged, not only in the physical work, and the use of the Shakespearean language but also in connection to the social and political realities of today.”

Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director of Pregones/PRTT, adds that “Our relationship with the artists of R.Evolución Latina is all about raising the bar of performing arts training available to aspiring youth and diehard theater lovers in our communities. It’s all about pooling talent from our best in the field, and collaborating to lay a strong foundation for those who seek to try a career in the arts. It’s all about our accents and visions for today and for the future, in counterpoint and in unison. We enter year three with heightened confidence and energy!”

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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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 Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Southwest Airlines is the official airline of Pregones/PRTT. For a full list of our funders, visit

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Directions to Pregones in THE BRONX – Click to Open

575 Walton Avenue
(b/w 149 & 150 Streets)
The Bronx, NY 10451

Subway #2, 4, 5 to 149 Street & Grand Concourse
We’re just one short block away from the station!

For more information call us at 718-585-1202.

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RJTU + BWS 2020

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