Teatro Prometeo seeks to preserve the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture through theater.
About Teatro prometeo
Miami Dade College’s Teatro Prometeo is the only Spanish-language theater Conservatory and Repertory program functioning under an academic institution. After more than 40 years of offering the community its theatrical performances and productions, Teatro Prometeo continues to celebrate, promote and educate theater artists, the community at large, children and families within our rich and diverse Hispanic culture. Under the executive leadership of Joan María Yarrow, Teatro Prometeo serves more than 500 performing arts students and runs an average of 12-16 productions and projects each year, revolutionizing Miami’s Spanish-language theater scene.
Teatro Prometeo currently offers more than 20 different courses and professional workshops taught and directed by respected artists from the performing arts field, giving participants the opportunity to gain knowledge directly from internationally renowned professionals.
The educational component for children, Los Prometeítos, which has been around for 20 years, is a performing arts program offered on Saturdays to serve children throughout the school year. Our summer Spanish-language theater camp was created as an extension to Los Prometeítos’ Saturday courses, and provides children with a fun way to develop creative skills through the study of theater, in addition to being the perfect vehicle to improve their Spanish as a second language.
Our Professional Actor Training Program is the only one of its kind in the nation. As a Conservatory, it provides the opportunity for intensive training in advanced acting, voice and diction, movement and body language techniques, as well as history. Additionally, students who participate in this professional program will have the opportunity to take courses with experts in the areas of stage combat, Commedia dell’arte, contact improvisation, acrobatics, stilt performance and more. Furthermore, Prometeo offers vocational courses for adults, which are short in duration, as opposed to the professional program. In these courses, students learn acting, diction, movement, singing, drama and on-camera acting techniques.
Since its inception in 1973, its founder, Teresa María Rojas, always guided by the vision and support of Dr. Eduardo Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, made it her mission to preserve the Hispanic culture through theater, and worked hard to motivate the development of actors, scenographers and writers who went on to become internationally renowned artists.
In the fall of 2006, Prometeo entered a new phase, becoming part of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College, under the artistic direction of Joann María Yarrow, and the leadership of its executive director, Alina Interián. The Conservatory for Performing Arts was created that year, and has since built a repertoire of productions that have been staged in Dominican Republic, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, New York and Los Angeles. Teatro Prometeo has also participated in the Miami Book Fair with countless outdoor theatrical productions and dramatized readings. It has also served as co-presenter and educational advisor for the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, with its Educational Component. In 2014, Teatro Prometeo received a grant from the Knight Foundation for the creation of the Play Time International Children’s Theatre Festival. Thanks to the foundation, the entire Miami community had the opportunity to enjoy the children’s festival free of charge, featuring children’s plays staged by international companies at different theaters throughout the city.
In 2015, Teatro Prometeo, under the leadership of Joann María Yarrow, became an independent branch of Miami Dade College’s Department of Arts and Culture. That same year, Prometeo created the successful Miami Hispanic Showcase, which offers Hispanic actors the opportunity to audition for the most highly acclaimed talent agencies from Miami, New York, Boston and California, in addition to screenwriters and directors from the TV and film industry in the United States. With many upcoming plans and projects, Prometeo is honored to partner with organizations like the Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab West, the Latino Theatre Commons, Howl Round, Puppet Network, MDC Live Arts, Centro Cultural Español, the Lau Lapides Company of Boston, UC Riverside, Union College and MDC’s Koubek Center in Little Havana, which will offer theater courses for children and young adults during after-school hours as an educational component of the program, for the benefit of that community and its surrounding areas.