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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.

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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.

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