Mission and History

About our past and what is to come

WaterPeople Theater

Water People Theater is a bilingual, non-profit organization that began in New York City in 2001 and is dedicated to the development of performing arts and theater. Our primary objectives relate to extending the boundaries of Latin-theater and to promote anti-violence themes and messages. Water People Theater mission is to produce high quality bi-lingual theater; attract new talent and audiences; promote important humanistic themes and encourage audiences to embrace a set of values consistent with social harmony and a better world.

Water People

About our past and what is to come

Water People Theater comes from the Venezuelan ethnic Yekuana and means People on River Who Open Roads In The Water.

YE Wood, KU Water, ANA People

We believe in art’s capacity to promote strong values and encourage self-reflection. We believe in the power of theater to bring people together to inspire action, encourage understanding and facilitate harmony among diverse communities. Water People Theater has developed theatrical activities of all genres; from renowned authors like Bernard Shaw, Shakespeare, and Federico Garcia Lorca, to highly recognized Latin American playwrights such as Emilio Carballido, Rodolfo Santana, and Néstor Caballero.

We believe in the transformative power of Art

Creemos en la fuerza transformadora del Arte

Water People Theater has twice been nominated for, and awarded The ACE Award in New York City - The Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York City, and has been the recipient several times of The National Artist and Theater Award in Venezuela. We have also been invited to participate at International Theater Festivals such as The Caracas International Theater Festival and The International New York Theater Festival, FRINGE NYC. The most recent work “The Worst of All”, about Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, opened the 1st International Latino Theater Festival in Chicago, organized by The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance in association with The National Museum of Mexican Art.

We relocated to Chicago in 2011 and formalized its structure in Chicago as a non-profit organization. Over the past seven years our productions have been shown at The Green House Theater, The National Museum of Mexican Art, The Cervantes Institute and Stage 773 Theater. We also offer workshops with recognized professionals in acting, directing, dramaturgy, and script writing.

Water People has produced over 19 plays, five short films, two non-violence campaigns and has been recognized as an outstanding theatre and art organization by numerous publications.