308 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Latinx Actor Training presents essays and pioneering research from leading Latinx practitioners and scholars in the United States to examine the history and future of Latino/a/x/e actor training practices and approaches.

    Born out of the urgent need to address the inequities in academia and the industry as Latinx representation on stage and screen remains disproportionately low despite population growth; this book seeks to reimagine and restructure the practice of actor training by inviting deep investigation into heritage and identity practices. Latinx Actor Training features contributions covering current and historical acting methodologies, principles, and training, explorations of linguistic identity, casting considerations, and culturally inclusive practices that aim to empower a new generation of Latinx actors and to assist the educators who are entrusted with their training.

    This book is dedicated to creating career success and championing positive narratives to combat pervasive and damaging stereotypes. Latinx Actor Training offers culturally inclusive pedagogies that will be invaluable for students, practitioners, and scholars interested in the intersections of Latinx herencia (heritage), identity, and actor training.


    Dr. Jorge Huerta


    Cynthia Santos DeCure and Micha Espinosa

    Part 1: History and Theory

    1. Ancestral Echoes: Excavating Latinx Histories in Actor Training

    Chantal Rodriguez

    2. Diane Rodríguez’s Acting Activism

    Marci R. McMahon

    3. "Let Me Define Myself": An Interview with Puerto Rican teatrera Rosa Luisa Márquez

    Priscilla Melendez and Aníbal González

    4. Actor Training with Global Perspectives: A Historical Narrative of the only Spanish-Language Theatre Conservatory in the United States

    Joann Maria Yarrow

    5. Dr. Alma Martinez: a narrative towards becoming a Chicanx Actor

    Alma Martinez

    6. Performance for Innocents: Live Art Pedagogy for Rebel Artists with Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Luz Oropeza

    Paloma Martínez-Cruz

    7. A Meditative Rant on the Importance of Addressing Ethnicity while Teaching Eurocentric Performance Methods

    Saúl García-López, aka La Saula

    Part 2: Acting

    8. The Complexity and Poetry of Latinx Identity and Actor Training, a Narrative

    Micha Espinosa

    9. From Method to Mythic: Why Latinx? Why Mythic? How Mythic? Why Now?

    Marissa Chibás

    10. The Latinx Actor’s Linguistic Identity: Preserving our Culture in Speech Training

    Cynthia Santos DeCure

    11. Accent and Dialect Training for the Latinx Actor

    Cynthia Santos DeCure

    12. Freeing the Bilingual Voice: Thoughts on Adapting the Linklater Method into Spanish

    Antonio Ocampo-Guzman

    13. Towards a Latinx-Driven Physical Theatre Pedagogy: Acrobatic Theatre for Social Change

    CarlosAlexis Cruz

    14. Experiences in working with Shakespeare in Adaptation, Shakespeare in Spanish and Bilingual Heightened Text

    Cynthia Santos DeCure and Micha Espinosa

    15. Navigating the Musical Theatre Industry for Latinx Actors

    Julio Agustin

    16. School of Autodidacts

    Mónica Sánchez

    17. The Five Elements

    Caridad Svich

    18. Afro-Latinas in Conversation: An interview with Debra Anne Byrd – Founder of Harlem Shakespeare and Creator of Becoming Othello

    Christin Eve Cato

    19. On Latinx Casting: Interview with Peter Murrieta, Emmy Award-Winning Writer and Producer

    Micha Espinosa

    20. Championing Unheard Voices: Actor Training Within, and With Community

    Michelle Lopez-Rios

    21. Theatre Where You Are

    Emilio Rodriguez

    22. Strategies for Directing Latinx Plays

    Jerry Ruiz

    23. Acting and The Four Agreements

    Christina Marin

    24. Performance of Identity

    Marie Ramirez-Downing

    25. Fitzmaurice Voicework® as a Contemplative Practice and Decolonizing Agent

    Lorenzo González Fontes


    Cynthia Santos DeCure is a bilingual actor, and voice, speech, dialect coach specializing in culturally inclusive pedagogies in actor training, accents, and dialects. She is Associate Professor Adjunct of Acting at David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University, certified as Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork. A member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA with over 30 years of acting experience, Cynthia has an M.F.A. in Acting from CSULA and a B.A. in Acting from University of Southern California. She is co-editor of the award-winning anthology Scenes for Latinx Actors. 

    Micha Espinosa is an international teaching artist, activist, and voice/performance specialist in culturally inclusive pedagogies. She is a Professor at Arizona State University School (ASU) in the School of Music, Dance, and Theatre, affiliate faculty with ASU’s School of Transborder Studies & the Sidney Poitier New American Film School (30 year member of SAG-AFTRA), Artistic Director of Fitzmaurice Voicework® (FV®), and Lead Teacher trainer for the FV® Teacher Certification. Micha is also a core member of the performance art collective La Pocha Nostra and the award-winning editor of Monologues for Latino Actors and co-editor of Scenes for Latinx Actors.

    "Those of us now engaged as teaching artists and co-learners have the joyful responsibility to begin reimagining the future of actor training in this country, which includes centering the lived experiences and stories of our students who identify as members of historically marginalized communities. Latinx Actor Training is an invaluable resource for all theater practitioners who seek to bring their full, authentic selves to their creative work. This book inspires a genuine sense of hope that, in art as in politics, intentionally making space for diverse voices to lead the conversation will result in greater liberation for all of us."

    Walton Wilson, Professor in the Practice, Acting Program David Geffen School of Drama at Yale 

    "I wish I’d had a resource like this to ground me and guide me. If we want a robust field full of voces artísticas in all their multifangled complexity, essays like these will help pave the way."

    Quiara Alegría Hudes, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and writer of In the Heights