Teatro Circulo's Grand Opening
José Cheo Oliveras, Wanda Arriaga, Adriana Sananes and Mariana Buoninconti
Ginny Louloudes, Executive Director of A.R.T. -New York
Margarita López, Rosie Méndez, María del Carmen Arroyo, Eric Lugo, Maritere Arce, José Cheo Oliveras and Wanda Arriaga
After a multi-million dollar capital campaign and years of tireless work Teatro Círculo finally opened its new building in the heart of the East Village in Manhattan. The new facilities includes two new state-of-the-art black box theaters, rehearsal studios and administrative offices.
Teatro Círculo celebrated this occasion with a Benefit Performance of Carmen Loisaida, a play by founding member Eva Cristina Vásquez, based on the novella by Prosper Merimee. Before the performance the current board of directors offered a reception to honor the past five board chairs (Eric Lugo, Maritere Arce, Wanda Arriaga, José Cheo Oliveras and Hecsa Costa) and the three public elected officials who contributed to the capital efforts (Commissioner Margarita López, Councilwoman Rosie Méndez and Councilwoman María del Carmen Arroyo). For years, these individuals lend their support and talents to make Teatro Círculo an important forum for Latino arts in NYC. Many leaders from the non-for-profit sector and the funding community attended the sold out event. Ginny Louloudes, from A.R.T. New York and José Dávila from the Hispanic Federation spoke to the attendees about the impact of Teatro Círculo in the cultural environment of the city and the importance of this milestone achievement.
For the last five years Teatro Círculo has been working tirelessly to raise $5.1 million dollars to renovate their building at 64 East 4th Street in Manhattan. This purchase was made in conjunction with Teatro IATI and Choices Theatre Company, the sister companies who will be housed in the new facilities. In the years to come the new building will incubate the work of thousand of theatre artists. “The renovation of this building will anchor us in this historical theatre block. We are proud to have the opportunity to serve the cultural needs of the Latino community of NYC and to be part of the revitalization of this “de facto” theatre district.”-said José Cheo Oliveras, Founding Artistic Director of Teatro Círculo and one of the honorees.
Teatro Círculo’s Grand Opening Event was sponsored by Bank of America and Macy’s.