Latino Theatre Projects wants to share big news with you about our upcoming project! (Puede leer en Espanol abajo) Few theater goers dispute the universal appeal of August Wilson’s plays. Within the inherent specificity of the African American experience, Wilson presents fundamental themes—love, honor, duty, betrayal—and gives voice to our full collective humanity. This is […]
Meet the Artistic Team
& Our Board of Advisors
Latino Theatre Projects is managed and operated by Producing Artistic Director Fernando Luna and Executive Director Robert Harkins. Both have extensive backgrounds and education in professional theatre as actors, technicians, and stage directors.
Producing Artistic Director: Fernando Luna
Fernando Luna is an actor, director, cultural entrepreneur, and community advocate. Fernando’s work as a social worker and social justice advocate has focused on disadvantaged and marginalized populations that struggle for justice and human dignity in the face of persistent structures of injustice, inequality, and the abuse of power.
Fernando’s artistic vision is to produce plays from Latin America and the Caribbean that introduce diverse cultural worlds which allow audiences to more fully understand the Latinx experience in the twenty-first century and the complexities which arise from the intersections of them with non-Latinx cultures.
He is co-founder of Latino Theatre Projects, directed five of its ten productions since 2011, including its recent run of Brainpeople by Jose Rivera at Theatre Off Jackson. A graduate of Freehold’s Ensemble Training Intensive, he has appeared on local professional stages and in Mexico. He has directed music and dance programs at Benaroya Hall, Moore Theater, 12-Minutes Max, and On The Boards. He was selected for the Chicago Directors Lab in 2016. In 2018, he was invited to study with internationally renowned Teatro Linea de Sombra and holds a Masters of Public Affairs degree from The Evergreen State College.
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Managing Director: Robert Harkins
For over twenty-five years, Robert Harkins has been an organizational executive in both the non-profit and government sectors. A cofounder of Latino Theatre Projects, he has strong management skills with responsibilities for organizational development, human resources, and fiscal management of the agencies he has led. He also specializes in communications and media relations, a valuable asset in marketing and generating earned media coverage of LTP activities.
Robert is also an accomplished actor and director, having appeared at Seattle Musical Theatre, Vashon Allied Arts, Annex Theatre, and Burien Actors Theatre. He directed LTP’s reading of Stranger at Annex Theatre and an original one-act at Burien Actors Theatre. In addition, he has appeared in four films as well as television and radio advertisements.
Robert attended the Drama and Music schools of the University of Montana and was a scholarship student at the music conservatory of Indiana University where he studied vocal performance with Gianna D’Angelo, Martha Lipton, and Eileen Farrell. In his twenties, he performed professionally in musicals and operas throughout the Upper Midwest and toured with the national company of Company by Steven Sondheim in the lead role of Bobby. He was also a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostopovich and at Lincoln Center and Seattle’s McCaw Hall.
Contact Robert at: email@example.com
Our Board of Advisors
Colombian-born Constanza Romero is a theater designer, artist, and producer. She designed the costumes for many of the original August Wilson plays both at regional and Broadway theaters. For Gem of the Ocean (Ovation Award) and for Fences she received Tony Award nominations. Her costume for the character of Aunt Ester in Gem of the Ocean is currently on display at the new Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture. Other plays she designed on Broadway are The Mountaintop, Seven Guitars, and The Piano Lesson.
Romero married playwright August Wilson in 1994. After his passing in 2005, she became the Executor of the August Wilson Estate. Under her leadership, she has overseen many productions of the ten plays comprising her late husband’s body of work, The American Century Cycle. Both the productions of Jitney in 2016 and Fences in 2010, which she also produced, won Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play.
Currently, Romero is committed to bringing Wilson’s work to global audiences. She is actively collaborating with British directors on two upcoming Wilson productions in London. In June 2019, she will direct a Spanish translation of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone/ José Turner Vino y Se Fué, in association with Latino Theater Projects at the Seattle Repertory Theater.
In regional theater, she has designed costumes for many of the major LORT theaters around the country. Some of her favorite shows include Hsmlet at Indiana Rep, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Clybourne Park at Seattle Rep.
During the promotional tour of the feature film Fences in 2017, Romero participated, along with Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, in the post-preview discussions about the play’s journey from stage to screen. In collaboration with the estate, Washington has also announced his aim to produce and film the plays for HBO.
Romero has taught theater design at University of Washington and University of California–Santa Cruz. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama, and a BA from UC Santa Cruz. In Seattle she shares her home with her supportive daughter, Azula Carmen Wilson. She is proud to be on the board of Latino Theatre Projects to expand the presence of Latino stories in the Seattle theater landscape.
Teresa Jones has over 30 years of experience working in television with a focus on the Latino/Hispanic Market. Her areas of expertise include producing, writing, consulting, marketing & advertising, production, including video editing.
Teresa was hired as a trainee at KUAT-TV, the PBS affiliate in Tucson, Arizona and she worked her way up the ladder to writer/reporter and eventually became the Producer/ Host of her own bilingual newsmagazine show. Teresa moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and accepted a position on the News Team at KCBS-TV as editor and supervisor of editors. In 2004, she moved to Seattle where she took a sales position at Radio Sol 1360 AM, Seattle’s first 24/7 Spanish language radio station. In late 2006, Teresa became part of the startup sales team at KUNS-TV, the local Univision affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, where her current title is Multi-Media Sales Executive. Over the course of her career, Teresa has produced and co-hosted several Spanish Language TV & radio shows. She does voice-overs on promotional videos, TV/radio commercials and documentaries, as well as emceeing for several local community events. She also does translation and interpretation of documents, scripts, commercials, and other important materials in a culturally sensitive manner.
Teresa is very involved in the Seattle Latino Community. Over the last 10 years, she has sat on several Boards, including Casa Latina, the Pierce County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Crear Poder. She also served as an advisor to the Board of Directors of the Washington Hispanic Media Association or WAHMA. She is pleased to join Latino Theatre Projects in its beautiful work highlighting Latino culture and arts.
Sarah holds a Ph.D. in English with specialities in multiculturalism and postmodern theory. She has taught classes in Modern Literature and also administered a college writing program at the University of Washington in collaboration with the UW Educational Opportunity Program.
She has also led real estate and development projects, including the renovation of the historic Paramount Theater and the12th Avenue Arts project in Seattle.
She oversees a private investment trust with emphases in real estate, community investment, micro-finance, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility. Her current creative passions are dramaturgy and graphic design, particularly poster art. She lives on Capitol Hill in Seattle with her wife, two teenagers, and Oscar the Sidecar Dog.