As director of Community Theatre Arts, I taught many bilingual theatre workshops and worked closely in San Francisco with Humberto Martinez of Argentina, who had developed interesting popular theatre techniques. I produced a KQED-TV Open Studio video version of La Cantata de Santa Maria de Iquique (Quilapayun) performed by over 20 immigrant cannery workers from San Jose California with handmade English titles by artist Irving Fromer. Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, I performed as a storyteller at fairs and schools. I created a CD version of The Chicken Made of Rags, incorporating leading Bay area musicians with Holly Near singing the leading role. From 1993 to 1999, I directed the Stagebridge Storytellers in the Schools Program in the Bay Area, performing in schools and senior centers. I wrote my Master’s thesis in 2002 at Naropa University on the “Storytelling Movement and the Need for New Myths.”
In 2011, I conducted acting workshops with theater students at the National School of Art (ENA) in Cuba to create scenes from the script which Roque Dalton and I wrote in 1968. I was in Cuba to participate in Tina Leisch’s award-winning film about Roque Dalton. In June 2012, I produced Mary Rudge’s “Occupy!!! A Reader’s Theatre of Perspectives” for KPFA-FM with a cast of 25. Most recently, in October 2018 I produced Charlotte Marchant’s dramatic presentation, “One Hundred Letters From My Father” for KPFA-fm. It is expected to also broadcast from WBAI-fm in New York City.
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About Nina Serrano: Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.com or contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.
About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit estuarypress.com for more details.
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