The Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC), a group of Vancouver-based Latinx theatre artists, is currently assembling a database of professional Latinx theatre artists in Canada that will be shared with all professional Canadian theatre companies.
The Canadian* Latinx** Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC) is a Vancouver-based service organization dedicated to furthering the Canadian Latinx theatre movement and unifying Latinx identified theatre artists. We are Carmen Aguirre, Sindy Angel, Pedro Chamale, Angie Descalzi, Alen Dominguez, Alexandra Lainfiesta and Christine Quintana. We engage in advocacy, create networks, and celebrate our community. We recognize and embrace those who have been marginalized within Latinx communities such as Indigenous people, black people, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI2S+, and people with precarious status. We invite community allies who have a desire to learn from and work with CALTAC to engage with us.
As members of the Latinx diaspora, we stand in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island and recognize these nations recorded and unrecorded as the original caretakers of the lands on which we live and work.
*Our use of the word ‘Canadian’ indicates those living and working in Canada, regardless of citizenship, status, or national identity.
**We are aware that “Latin America” is a problematic, colonial term; when we say Latinx, we include those who identify as Afro-Latinx and who reject the term Latin America but identify as indigenous from the region that is referred to as “Latin America”.
One of our first CALTAC meetings.
Carmen is a core artist of Vancouver's Electric Company Theatre. She has written and co-written over twenty-five plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Trigger, The Refugee Hotel, and Blue Box. Currently she is writing Anywhere But Herefor Electric Company Theatre, an adaptation of Euripides' Medea for Vancouver's Rumble Theatre, and an adaptation of Moliere's The Learned Ladiesfor Toronto's Factory Theatre. Her one-woman show Broken Tailbone(in which she teaches the audience how to dance salsa), developed with and produced byToronto's Nightswimming Theatre, will tour Canada in the upcoming year. Carmen is the author of the #1 national bestseller Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter(winner of CBC Canada Reads in 2012), and its bestselling sequel, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution. She has won multiple awards for her work, has over eighty stage, film and television acting credits, and is a graduate of Studio 58. carmenaguirre.ca
Sindy Angel was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, where she began her professional theatre training. She co-founded an independent theatre company performing shows and workshops with and for communities facing complex barriers and systemic discrimination in South America. Since moving to Vancouver, in 2006, she has worked as an actor and collaborator with companies like New World Theatre, Urban Ink, and Universal Limited. She has facilitated Theatre of the Oppressed workshops for youth, women, immigrants/refugees, and inmates. Her lived experience and her community work continues to inspire her creative journey to use theatre to address issues of racism and discrimination. Sindy completed a Residency Program at the Centre of Theatre of the Oppressed in Río de Janeiro, Brazil.
Pedro is a first-generation Latinx-Canadian theatre artist who was born and raised in Northern British Columbia, Canada. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. He then went on to form rice & beans theatre with Derek Chan. Pedro is a performer, director, playwright and theatre jack-of-all-trades. Selected Credits: Selfie (Rumble Theatre), Broken
Tailbone (Nightswimming), Mis Papás (rice & beans), Are We There Yet? (Neworld Theatre), BullI (Rumble Theatre) and The Show Must Go On (Push Festival).
Pedro was the Artistic Resident at Neworld Theatre in 2014, the guest curator of the 2018 rEvolver Festival and currently through rice & beans theatre, Pedro is working on a company collaboration with Playwrights Theatre Centre where they are developing two new pieces that will be in residency at the Annex Theatre in the 2018/19
and 2019/20 seasons.
Pedro has also worked behind the scenes with local Vancouver theatre companies such as: Full Circle First Nations Performance, Leaky Heaven, Boca del Lupo, Neworld Theatre.
Alen is a Latinx theatre artist who trained as an actor at the University of British Columbia. He has since expanded his work into producing and directing with several companies across Metro Vancouver.
He is an Artistic Associate at Royal City Musical Theatre, where he has been assistant director for Cabaret, Anything Goes and Fiddler on the Roof.
As an actor he's performed with the Arts Club, United Players, Ruby Slippers, Western Gold, Neworld, PuSh Festival, The Chop, November Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Belfry, and Chemainus Theatre Festival. Up next: Sweat at Arts Club and Citadel theatres.
He also runs his consulting business for non-for-profits.
Alexandra is a Guatemalan born and raised actor, playwright, and producer. She moved to Canada in 2010 and is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts and Studio 58 where she was awarded the Sydney J. Risk Foundation and Studio 58 Acting award. In 2017 she was awarded the Jessie Richardson Award for best actress in a lead role for her work in Green Lake and was nominated for an Ovation Award for her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story (TUTS). After working consistently in Vancouver for two years as an actor, Alexandra moved to Ontario in 2018 for her debut at The Stratford Festival. As a playwright, she is developing her new play Luz, and as a producer, she is the co-founder and a co-producer of Killjoy Theatre, which develops and produces new work by female identified and non-binary playwrights.
Christine is an actor, playwright, and co-Artistic Producer of Delinquent Theatre based on unceded Coast Salish Territory. Prizes and residencies include: 2017 Siminovitch Protégé Prize for Playwriting from Marcus Youssef; 2017/2018 Urjo Kareda Emerging Artist Resident at Tarragon; 2018 Playwright in Residence at Tarragon Theatre; winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding TYA Play, and the Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Script by an Emerging Playwright for Selfie. Upcoming, Christine will appear in the East Van Panto with Theatre Replacement, The Yoga Play at the Gateway Theatre, Marine Life with Ruby Slippers; and will write and perform in Never The Last, an original interdisciplinary theatre piece co-written with Molly MacKinnon. Christine holds a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia, and is currently Interim Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre.