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Pregones Theater

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Providing a unique creative force for social awareness and advancement in the South Bronx

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Borough : Bronx
Neighborhood : Mott Haven
Industrial, Arts and Entertainment, Caribbean/ American, Performance

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Written by Julianne Geary and Sofia Mojica

Pregones Theater was founded in 1979 by Rosalba Rolón, David Crommet, and Luis Melendez, a group of actors who set out to create a theater modeled after those in the Caribbean and Latin American that worked in the form of a “colectivo,” or performing ensembles. When Pregones began, it could not afford to set up a permanent home. The troupe decided to tour, performing plays in Spanish and bringing them to marginalized communities throughout New York City and the Tri-state area. By performing for many decades, Pregones accumulated an audience and received enough donations to open a theatre in the South Bronx. Over the years, the Bronx-based company has featured 80 premieres in English and Spanish, 350 visiting artist presentations, and it has accrued more than 500 touring credits. Pregones Theater is also a leader and innovator in urban contemporary performing arts. Drawing tactics...

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Julianne Geary and Sofia Mojica

Nominated through Dr. Marta Gutman’s Race, Space and Architecture course, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College, New York, Fall 2017

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