Teen Arts Puentes Project
The Guadalupe Cultural Art Center’s Teen Arts Puente Project (TAPP) is a performance ensemble
for San Antonio youth between the ages of 13 -18. Members take workshops in
theatre/performance, theatre design, performance poetry, and film/video. Through exploration and
by utilizing their original ideas, TAPP ensemble members develop ways of staging theatrical pieces
with and without written material. The process is rooted in community engagement and includes
site-specific performances in community spaces.
Students interested in participating in TAPP must fill out an application and attend an interview.
Interview appointments can be made by emailing Marisela Barreralaurbanchicana@gmail.com.
Scholarships are provided to all teens accepted into the program. All participants must have a
current GCAC membership.
TAPP is open to all San Antonio teens, ages 13 – 17
Instructors: Julie Marin, Monessa Esquivel
About the Instructor:
Marisela Barrera grew up in Alamo, Texas and has a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist
University Meadows School of the Arts. She is a stage director and performance artist with a strong
interest in uncovering Tex-Mex stories that resonate cross-culturally. She is a migrant cultural
worker with the Guadalupe, Teatro Farolito, VSA Texas, the San Antonio Area Foundation, Artpace
and has trained and performed with La Pocha Nostra in San Fransisco. She is a company member
with Jump-Start Performance Co., Co-Founder of the San Antonio Latino Theatre Alliance, Board
Member of the San Antonio Theatre Coalition, and a National Association of Latino Arts & Culture
Advocacy Leadership Fellow (2013). Her original play, “La Chili Queen y El Serrano” is currently in
rep at the Witte Museum.