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Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Luis Munoz’s Bilingual Theater Collection



Collection Summary

Creator Luis Munoz
Title Luis Munoz’s Bilingual Theater Collection
Dates: 1972-1977
Abstract: With the hiring in 1972 of Texas A&I University at Kingsville's first bilingual teacher in theater, Joseph Rosenberg (formerly with Goddard College in Vermont), the theater department got its first taste of bilingual dramatic art. Rosenberg, whose family was bicultural and bilingual, decided he wanted to combine his Mexican and American cultures and initiated the Bilingual Theater Program. La Fiaca was the first production that opened in Kingsville in 1973 and was acted in both Spanish and English. Later that summer, La Fiaca, was toured in Mexico.Other productions followed and the bicultural theater exchange program of Texas A&I University-Kingsville was begun and flourished through the year 1977 under the leadership of Dr. Rosenberg.
Identification A2011-036
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/collections/ead.php?xml=Munoz%20EAD
Quantity: .5 linear feet
Location: I-22-1 Box 1 & I-22-2 Box 2; STAD Photo File A2011-036
Language: English

Historical Note

Dr. Joseph Rosenberg, a Jewish-American married to a Mexican woman, was the founder and production director of the Tearto Bilingue of Texas A&I University-Kingsville. His goal was to embrace both cultures and languages on the theater stage. Rosenberg taught his students in traditional theatrical training. Most of his students were Chicanos, and they addressed their productions to both Mexican Americans and non-Hispanics. They would alternate between Spanish and English for their productions. The troupe produced and translated many Latin-American plays and toured the United States, Spain and Mexico. Graduates of Rosenberg's program became actors, directors, and designers. Taken from Elizabeth C. Ramirez, Footlights Across the Border: A History of Spanish-Language Professional Theatre on the Texas Stage (New York: Lang, 1990)

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Scope and Contents

The Bilingual Theater Collection includes playbills, art posters, photographs, reviews, newspaper clippings, journal articles and convention booklets. Advertisements for the following productions: La Fiaca; Un Sombrero Lleno De Lluvia; Por Un Girasol; Una Noche De Osvaldo Dragun; Traylesnik; Milagro En El Mercado Viejo; The Fantasticks; Historias para Ser Contadas; and A Hatful of Rain are included.

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Arrangement

Arranged in series Series I: Playbills Series II: Reviews Series III: Journal articles Series IV: Newspaper clippings Series V: Promotional Items Series VI: Photographs

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Index Terms

Persons
Rosenberg, Joseph
Organizations
Alpha Phi Omega -- National Theater Honor Society
Teatro Bilingue (Organization)
Texas A&I University-Kingsville
Geographical Names
Kingsville (Tex.)
Subjects
Mexican Americans -- Texas, South -- Social life and customs
Mexican Americans -- Texas, South -- Ethnic identity
Mexican Americans -- Texas, South -- Intellectual life
Mexican American theater -- Texas, South -- History
Mexican American drama (Spanish)
Mexican-Americans -- Ethnic identity
Theater -- Production and direction
Theater -- Study and teaching -- Texas, South

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