Teatro Nahual

Teatro Nahual

Teatro Nahual

Teatro Nahual is a non-profit organization founded in Santa Clara County in 2003. The mission is to provide education and entertainment through plays that represent Latin American culture and customs in California and the United States. The productions of this community theater group have the purpose of creating a social conscience and establishing a dialogue that allows informing about cultural, social, and political situations, at the same time that the audience spends a pleasant moment to enjoy theatrical works entirely in Spanish. Nahual Theater is made up of actors, musicians, educators, designers, and people from the community interested in joining efforts to promote the magic of theater. Acting classes are also taught in Spanish for children, youth, and adults since 2004.

www.teatronahual.org
Email: veronica@teatronahual.org

Verónica Meza-Biography-

 Verónica was born in Guaymas, Sonora, México. She earned a bachelor’s degree in literature and drama from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with additional study at The National Institute of Arts (INBA) in Mexico, and received an M.A. in Spanish Education from Bennington College. Veronica has an extensive theatre history in Mexico City, where she was an actress, assistant director and assistant producer. She participated in multiple plays, including El Cervantino and the Houston International Festival. In 2003, she created Teatro Nahual, a Spanish-language theatre in Santa Clara County, for which she has directed several Spanish-language performances in different theatres and cities throughout California. Veronica is also a playwright, whose works include Huelga sin palitos, Chismes de Machos and the adaptation of several Hispanic plays. Since 2004, Verónica also has developed her own methodology to lead beginning, intermediate and advanced Spanish acting classes. Additionally, Veronica has collaborated with a variety of other organizations, such as Fuego Nuevo Ballet in San Jose, California, National Hispanic Foundation, and the Day Worker Center in Mountain View, from whom she directed La espera, which was a play as well as a video that included workers from the Center alongside professional actors. In 2012, Verónica directed Teatro Nahual actors in Internet episodes of her story Mirela, about Alzheimer’s caregivers produced by Photozig in collaboration with Stanford University and National Institute of Aging. She also wrote and directed two Apps in English and Spanish about the Alzheimer. Verónica is the Spanish Department Chair at The Girls’ Middle School. She also is a new Spanish Adjunct Instructor in San Jose City College. She received the Friedel and Otto Eberspacher Award for Excellence in the Teaching of a Modern Western European Language 2020 from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

Verónica also is a writer of the cultural and education sections in the Hispanic newspaper, Alianza Metropolitan News and has been recognized from The National Hispanic Publications-NAHP-  with an honorific mention in 2004 with the article, “The Entrepreneurial Girls,”  a golden award in 2009 with the article, “GED Classes in Spanish,”  and a First Place for Editorial with the article, “El Alzheimer en la Comunidad Latina” in 2015, and  a bronze award, “The Danger of the Nuclear Bombs” in 2019.

 

EDUCATOR CONTACT INFO

vrncmz@aol.com

http://www.teatronahual.org

  Mountain View, CA 94041

Santa Clara

650-793-0783

"Legends, Dreams and Realities"

Program description

“Legends, Dreams and Realities” written and directed by Veronica Meza. This theatrical and musical project compiles Latino American and famous legends, such as “La Llorona,” “La Mulata de Córdoba,” and “María Angula.” Also, it includes the premiere of two original Nahuatl legends, “The “Origin of the Corn” and the “Origin of the World.” This theatrical project also gives an essential part of the scene to the contemporary reality with a social and political touch such as “Dreamers’ Story” that narrates the two young students who immigrated to the United States and needed to learn English to a new culture.
This theatrical performance will provoke laughter and reflection in the audience while imagining and dreaming with our legends and realities.

Booking / scheduling contact

Veronica Meza

   650-793-0783

 vrncmz@aol.com

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Theatre
Cultural Origin: Latino
Program type: Performance, Workshops & Classes
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11
Subject: Fine Arts
Bilingual: Yes
Available dates:

*The available dates will be aligned with the school calendar provided by Santa Clara County. When theater performances are allowed in schools again, perhaps outdoors or school indoors, theater, multipurpose room, a classroom, etc.
*It will depend on how the situation with the COVID-19 changes during the months.

Available times:

*During school hours, after school or community event on Saturday mornings.

Space / technical requirements:

*Two microphones with stands and speakers.

*A projector

Location(s):

A school patio, multipurpose room, a classroom or theater.

Qualifications

Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

Educator Qualifications

Standards are customized for every classroom visit: Yes
Instructors receive annual professional development training: Yes
Provides lesson plans: Yes
Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes