Who We Are
Gente de Teatro (GdT) a non-profit organization founded in 1995, is a highly motivated and vibrant Houston-based theater company. It is run by seven talented artists, performing in many capacities, who devote their energy to bringing the passion and emotion of Latin American & Spanish theatre to Houston audiences. Gente de Teatro is committed to promoting Latin American and Spanish culture through the work of renowned playwrights from Latin America & Spain. All performances are in Spanish, most with English surtitles.
GdT was founded after several members performed in Mario Benedetti’s “Primavera con una esquina rota” directed by Ricardo Yamal at Rice University. Its founding members, Esteban Gago, Marcela Salas, and Claudia Soroka, recognized Houston’s need for a professional Spanish-language theatre production group to present renowned Latin American plays in the language in which they were originally written.
In 2008, GdTbegan including Spanish playwrights in their repertoire. In September 2011, Gente de Teatro first incorporated English surtitles during their performances, and they were also the first theater group to perform in Spanish at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
GdTis the only non-profit theater organization in Houston that has performed in Spanish continuously since 1995, mostly at Rice University’s Hamman Hall. The members of GdTwork tirelessly to enrich the quality of life for Houston’s community through education, cultural awareness, and entertainment. GdTboasts a loyal, mostly bilingual, audience that grows in size year after year.
In 2017 & 2018 GdTwas nominated for ”Most Improved Theater Company” (Houston Region Awards) by BroadwayWorld, one of North America’s leading publications about theatre. Since 2017, GdT has been a proud member of the Task Force Committee of Sin Muros: A Latinx Theater Festival celebrating the range of Latinx voices and stories reflecting the diversity of local Texas communities (Stages Repertory).
Current members of GdThave different functions: Claudia Soroka (Actress and Executive Director), Marcela Walter Salas, Ph.D. (Artistic Director), Sergio Amsel (Actor, Literary Consultant), Carmen Falla Aramayo (Assistant Director), Ana Ilvento Scuseria (Actress and Director of Public Relations), Esteban Gago (Actor and Technical Director) & Jorge Zambra (Actor and Legal Advisor).