Latino Theatre Projects has been awarded a Seattle Times 2017 Footlight Award in today’s paper! Check out this article from today’s Seattle Times awarding the 2017 Footlight Awards. The article is divided between theatre critics Misha Berson, Dusty Somers, and Brendan Kiley. Under each of them, they feature trends and recognize excellence in various categories. […]
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 these cultures with non-Latinx cultures.
Fernando is a graduate of The Evergreen State College Masters of Public Policy Program. He also studied at the Freehold Theatre Lab & Studio’s Ensemble Training Intensive (ETI). Where he was under the artistic tutelage Donald Byrd, John Jacobsen, Amy Thone, Christine Marie Brown, and Paul Budraitis, among other notable Seattle theatre experts.
Fernando co-founded Latino Theatre Projects five years ago. He is extremely proud and honored to have directed its production of Mariela in the Desert in the spring of 2016. During the summer of 2016, he was selected to be in the international cohort of directors to attend the prestigious developmental program of Lincoln Center, The Chicago Directors Lab.
In the fall of 2016, he worked with prize-winning tenor José Iñiguez for his Encanto concert at the Moore Theater and José’s sold out Unplugged concert at Seattle’s West of Lenin theatre. Fernando continues to collaborate by providing coaching and stage direction for José’s presentations.
In his role as Producing Artistic Director, Fernando presented the highly successful LTP production of 26 Miles at West of Lenin. As an actor he has appeared in Anna in the Tropics, Death and the Maiden, and Beauty of the Father and also directed our production of Mujeres de Arena/Women of Sand. He has also acted with Burien Actors Theatre and Vashon Allied Arts. He appeared in the feature film Nothing Against Life and the internationally acclaimed short film Pearl.
Contact Fernando at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive 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
Constanza Romero is a Colombian-born designer, writer, theater consultant, and producer. She designed the costumes for the original regional and Broadway productions of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, receiving an Ovation Award and a Tony nomination. Her original costume for Aunt Ester is currently on display at the new Smithsonian’s Museum of African-American Culture and History. Additionally, she has designed the costumes for the Broadway productions of Seven Guitars and The Piano Lesson, as well as the art work for Two Trains Running and Seven Guitars.
Mrs. Romero married playwright August Wilson in 1994, and after her husband’s passing in 2005, Mrs. Romero was named the Executor of the August Wilson Estate. Under her stewardship, she has overseen many productions of the ten plays in his American Century Cycle. She is currently producing on Broadway the production of Jitney. In 2010, she produced and designed costumes for Fences, which received the Tony award for best revival and got her another Tony nomination for costume design. Other Broadway works have included Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (2009) and Radio Golf in 2006.
Off Broadway, she served as creative associate to The Piano Lesson. She collaborated in the development of the solo show How I Learned What I Learned. During the Signature Theatre’s 2006-07 “August Wilson Season,” she was an advisor for Seven Guitars, Two Trains Running, and King Headly II. London credits include the National Theater’s 2016 production Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (which won an Olivier award) and the West End Fences in 2013.
She is currently working with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on an original piece influenced by the poetry of Wilson entitled UniSon. She is preparing to co-produce with Denzel Washington the upcoming HBO production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, as well as future Wilson adaptations with the network.
She has taught theater design at University of Washington and University of California–Santa Cruz. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama and resides in Seattle and is the proud mother of Azula Carmen Wilson.
Constanza is proud to work with Latino Theatre Projects to expand the presence of Latino stories on Seattle’s stages.
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.
Linda Lowry is a partner and Director of Marketing/Business Development at Tiger Mountain IT. She has a spirit for entrepreneurship and a mind for creative strategic marketing which is evident in the many ventures she has currently been involved with including Cin’atra Vodka, Re-Sleeves, and Zodiap. She is very passionate about the artistic community as she believes it fosters talent in the tech and science community. She is Chair and Founder of the Columbia Tower Club Art Committee, on the Board of Governors at the Columbia Tower Club, Board Member on the Women-in-Tech Seattle (WiT), Board Member for Encanto, and a published lifestyle writer and photographer.
Angie Kamel is an Egyptian-American immigrant and arts administrator who has lived in the US since the early 90s. She has devoted herself to a career in the performing arts because the medium helps us examine humanity and celebrate it. She believes in a community’s right to tell it’s own story and while she has been limited in her ability to share her own heritage up to now, she has helped shepherd the stories of other communities.
She has worked with various arts and educational organizations in California including, Cornerstone Theatre Company in Los Angeles; Moxie Theatre, Mo’olelo, San Diego Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla Music Society, and the University of California in San Diego. Here in Seattle she has had the pleasure of working with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Seattle Opera. Her current position as Artistic Engagement Manager at ACT –A Contemporary Theatre allows her to engage audiences in conversations about today’s most pressing questions.
She holds a BFA in theatre from the University of Arizona in Tucson and an MFA in theatre from the University of California, San Diego. She is thrilled to be a new member of the Board of Advisors with Latino Theatre Projects.