The 51st International Theatre Festival of Puerto Rico is dedicated to SEA’s CEO, Dr. Manuel A. Morán

The 51st International Theatre Festival of Puerto Rico is dedicated to SEA’s CEO, Dr. Manuel A. Morán

The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) recently announced that the 51st International Theatre Festival of Puerto Rico is dedicated to Dr. Manuel A. Morán, the Artistic Director and Founder of Teatro SEA (Society of the Educational Arts Inc.). In honor of Teatro SEA’s 30th Anniversary and especially to Dr. Morán, this dedication highlights and pays tribute to the outstanding achievements through his exemplary body of work and contributions to Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.

As part of the festival, Teatro SEA will perform three shows of “Sueño,” a Latino take on Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The event will take place on the grounds of Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan (Puerto Rico’s Most Important Historical Site) and performances will be completely FREE for everyone. This show was recently awarded in New York with the HOLA 2105 Award for “Best Musical Production of the Year”. Sueño features 30 artists on stage, and 60 puppets, stilts walkers and masks including “Vejigantes and Cabezudos”. These performances will be offered as a gift to Puerto Rican families from both the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) and the National Parks, who are celebrating 60 years and 100 years respectively.

The International Theatre Festival will present six plays, representing some of the best international drama works. These performances will be held from October 2, 2015 to February 7, 2016. The Executive Director of the ICP, Mr. Jorge Irizarry Vizcarrondo said: “The plays presented in the 51st ICP International Festival are different in their themes and plots, the diversity of expression necessary for a successful festival. The audience will be exposed to innovative programming of the highest quality. Furthermore, we are very honored to dedicate the festival to Manuel Moran, who with his career, from the Diaspora, has taken Puerto Rican culture to multiple audiences in and outside Puerto Rico. ”

Meanwhile, Ms. Aixa Ruiz, Program Director of Musical Scenic Arts from ICP said, “We dedicate the International Festival Manuel Morán who is known for his intense cultural work as an actor, singer, writer, composer, puppeteer, director and producer. Moran, with his work, has opened the doors to Latino Theater in the United States. Children and young audiences of Puerto Rican Diaspora have had an ally in the Society of the Educational Arts. ”

The official opening of the Festival and Dedication Ceremony, will be held on October 15, at 8:00 pm, at the Francisco Arriví Theatre in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will recognize the significant contribution of Dr. Manuel Moran to Puerto Rican theater in and outside Puerto Rico.

Founded in 1985 in Puerto Rico, operating in New York since 1993, from the start, Society of the Educational Arts, Inc (SEA), has been committed to the progress of the Latino community and its culture. Our aim in doing so is to provide newly migrated and American born Latinos, especially the community’s young people, with culturally relevant theater arts programming that instills cultural pride, builds self-esteem and identity, and brings the experience of live musical theater to this large and important segment of the U.S. population.

Currently, SEA annually produces more than 250 performances, hosts arts education residencies in many local public schools and numerous community centers, holds numerous theater and multidisciplinary arts workshops at our home base theatre Teatro SEA – NY’s Only Latino Children’s Theatre; and introduces more than 75,000 Latino, bilingual and English speaking young people and their families each year to the joys of live theater.

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