Who We Are
Gente de Teatro (GdT) a non-profit organization founded in 1995, is a highly motivated and vibrant Houston-based theater company. GdT is committed to promoting Latin American and Spanish culture through the work of renowned playwrights as well as other acclaimed international authors. 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, GdT began 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.
GdT is 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 GdT work tirelessly to enrich the quality of life for Houston’s community through education, cultural awareness, and entertainment. GdT boasts a loyal, mostly bilingual, audience that grows in size year after year.
GdT was nominated for “Most Improved Theater Company” (Broadway World Houston Region Awards) in 2017, 2018 & 2019. Since 2017, GdT has been a proud member of Sin Muros Latinx Theater Festival Advisory Committee (Stages), celebrating the range of Latinx voices and stories reflecting the diversity of local Texas Communities. In 2018, GdT received the inaugural Premio Puente (The Bridge Award) (Sin Muros Latinx Theater Festival, at Stages). The award was given in recognition of GdT’s body of work, its commitment to Latinx playwrights and its impact in “building bridges” across cultures and communities. In 2019, Madenusa, by Claudia Soroka was nominated for Best New Play (Broadway World 2019 Houston Region Awards).
Gente de Teatro members: Claudia Soroka (Actress and Executive Director), Marcela Walter Salas, Ph.D. (Artistic Director), Sergio Amsel (Actor, Graphic Designer), Carmen Falla Aramayo (Assistant Director), Carolina Lander Cutrera (Actress),Ana Ilvento Scuseria (Actress and Public Relations Director), Esteban Gago (Actor and Technical Director) & Jorge Zambra (Actor).