Teatro del Pueblo is a small, non-profit Latino theater located in St. Paul, MN. Fostered by the Latino community on the West Side, it has grown since its inception in 1992 to serve St. Paul, Minneapolis, the metro area and greater Minnesota. Based in the West Side’s Latino community, Teatro del Pueblo promotes Latino culture through the creation and presentation of performing arts. Teatro develops and supports Latino artists, provides educational opportunities for all to experience Latino culture and promotes cross-cultural dialogue.
Teatro del Pueblo was founded in 1992 by a group of Latino artists and community members on the West Side of St. Paul in the heart of the city’s Latino population. One incident called upon Teatro to create a theatrical presentation addressing a local school shooting. Several in the community were leery about our plan, but after the presentation, many of those people became our most ardent supporters. This event sealed Teatro’s fate as a forum for the community’s marginalized voices and an advocate for social change.
We remain housed in the West Side of St. Paul, and because of our initial foundation in this largely underserved community, we are committed to providing affordable ticket prices for all of our shows. We serve primarily Latino work and artists, as well as Latino and non-Latino patrons. Over the past fifteen years, Teatro del Pueblo has staged over 50 plays, developed collaborative relationships with a variety of organizations, and toured to over 50 schools throughout Minnesota.
In the years since our inception, the demographics of our audiences have changed to include not only Latinos, but also a mix of cultures such as European-Americans, Somali, and Hmong. In addition, our services now embrace immigrants, students, families, seniors, and residents of greater Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. We are currently the only professional Latino theatre company providing artistic and educational programming in the state of Minnesota, and to some degree the states of Iowa and North and South Dakota. We wish to continue in this tradition to promote diversity and education about Latino culture in ways that add to the strength of our communities.