The Guadalupe Theater
The Guadalupe Theater : San Antonio’s Home for Latino, Chicano and Native American Performing Arts and Entertainment.
The Historic Guadalupe Theater opened its doors in 1942 when Guadalupe St. first developed into a commercial corridor. Its history encompasses 75 years of film screenings, theatre arts, music concerts, dance performances, variety shows, and special events showcasing regional, national and international Latin American arts and culture. With its Mission Revival and art-deco architectural design, the historic 400 seat Guadalupe Theater continues to shine as the jewel of San Antonio’s Westside.
Each year the theater presents and produces a season of multi-disciplinary offerings in theatre, music, dance and film with a focus on the Latino, Chicano/a, and Native American experience while providing opportunities for both emerging and established actors, musicians, dancers, playwrights, directors, filmmakers and designers to develop their craft and showcase new work.
Since 1984, The Guadalupe Theater has been an epicenter for the creation and presentation of contemporary Teatro Chicano and Latino Theatre. Numerous world premieres, festivals, and local, regional, and national productions have been staged in the historic theater. We are proud to carry on the work of the talented and dedicated artists who laid the path for us to follow. The Guadalupe is committed to developing a world class Theatre program that gives voice to the Latino, Chicano, and Native American experience while providing a platform for new generations of artists to practice and develop their craft.
Each year the Guadalupe Theater produces a full-length mainstage production of a new or contemporary play, hosts the annual theatre festival Nuevo Teatro: A Festival of New Works and presents Teatro Salon, a showcase of short plays and excerpts written by San Antonio playwrights. Recent productions include La Reina del Acordion: Eva Ybarra’s Life on Stage, Enfrascada written by critically acclaimed playwright Tanya Saracho, Conjunto Blues written and performed by Nicolas Valdez, and That’s Not Fair: Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice.
The Guadalupe presents a series of live music concerts focusing on traditional Mexican music, contemporary Latin American styles. Highlights include the Holiday Saxophones concert which spotlights the unique horn driven jazz fusion sound indigenous to San Antonio’s Westside, Noche de Romance an evening of Mariachi music by Mariachi Azteca de America, and the annual Texan Conjunto Festival Hall of Fame concert and awards ceremony. Past concerts have included the critically acclaimed Cuban born Pedrito Martinez, the Native American rock band Scatter Their Own, and traditional Colombian ensemble Wache.
The Guadalupe Theater is home to the Guadalupe Dance Company, a professional dance ensemble who has been performing traditional Mexican Folklorico and Spanish Flamenco dance for over 25 years. Founded in 1991, the unparalleled skill, choreography and costuming of its corps of dancers make for exceptional artistry that is both culturally enlightening and technically stunning in its execution. With the artistic guidance of visiting artists, the Dance Company produces both contemporary and traditional dance productions throughout the year.
The Guadalupe Theater is home to CineFestival, the nation’s longest running Latino film festival and San Antonio’s original independent film festival. The annual week-long event features screenings, appearances by celebrity guests, panel discussions, receptions, community events and has hosted the Latino Screenwriting Lab co-presented with the Sundance Institute. Over its nearly four decade history CineFestival has hosted many of the industry’s important U.S. Latino and Mexican films, actors, and directors. Highlights from past years include celebrity appearances by Gina Rodriguez, Luis Valdez Edward James Olmos, and Benjamin Bratt,
Grupo Animo the resident youth theatre company of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Under the guidance and mentorship of a professional teaching artist and director, company members will learn about the history of Latino & multi-cultural American Theatre, develop skills in all disciplines of stage performance as well as playwriting and technical theatre, and produce a final theatrical production in the Guadalupe Theater. This program provides participants with a platform to create new and original work that resonates with their lives, their families and their community.