Founding Director: Max Ferrá (1966 - 2004)
Artistic Director: Lou Moreno (2010-present)
Artistic Director: Eduardo Machado (2004-2010)
An organization committed to the development of "theater arts without borders," it is the oldest Latino theatre company in the USA producing in English. Originally, the company's mission was to produce work by Latin American, Spanish and Hispanic (sic) playwrights in English. It's current mission is here.
INTAR was founded in 1966 as Adal by Max Ferrá. In 1971, he joined forces with Magaly Alabau and Manuel Martín Jr. of DUO Theater and Adal was renamed INTAR (International Arts Relations). In the early years, it produced plays in Spanish by important European and North American playwrights. Their productions switched to English in 1977, when INTAR joined the Off-Broadway 42nd Street Theatre Row Complex. Over the past four decades, INTAR has produced classics, Latino adaptations of classics, cabarets, and over 70 world premiers of plays written by Latino-Americans. The company's Hispanic Playwrights in Residence Laboratory (HPRL), created and run by María Irene Fornés from 1981 until 1992, fostered and trained many of the most prominent Latino playwrights in the American theatre, including Migdalia Cruz, Eduardo Machado, Carmelita Tropicana, and Nilo Cruz (2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama). For an economic analysis of HPRL see Marcela Arcos Holzinger, "An Economic Analysis of INTAR's Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Lab." To date, the theater has commissioned, developed, and produced works by more than 175 Latino writers, composers, and choreographers. It has assisted hundreds of Latino playwrights, directors, and actors in obtaining their first professional theater credits, union memberships, and reviews in English-language media. "There's scarcely a Latino artist in America who hasn't been supported or trained or produced by INTAR" (Oscar Eustis, quoted in Liesl Schillinger, "The Playwright Rewriting Latino Theater." The New York Times, Dec 12, 2004).
INTAR Multi-Cultural Gallery, founded and directed by Inverna Lockpez in 1979, exhibited artists whose work was a "a catalyst for new thinking, new dialogue." Their exhibits included important artists from Latin America and the US. Between 1985 and 1991, Art in America included it as one of the 15 most influential alternative art galleries in the US.
(Information taken from INTAR's web site, Ollantay's Theater Magazine X1.21 (2003), a special issue on Manuel Martín Jr. and José Corrales, and International Arts Relations Inc. A Retrospective.)
Author: Lillian Manzor ()