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Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Announces Collaboration with SAY Sí

Special Collaboration

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s youth theater company, Grupo Animo, will collaborate this summer with Teatro ALAS, the youth theater company of SAY Sí. Both youth groups will form to participate in an intense four-week theatrical workshop that will lead to an original play written by the students. This unique collaboration is offered to students between the ages of 13 and 18 at no cost.

Due to the pending renovations of the historic Guadalupe Theater, classes will take place at SAY Sí, 1310 S. Brazos, San Antonio, TX 78207, June 3 to 28, 2024, Monday through Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m. with a final performance on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. SAY Sí is located down the block from the theater.

“These two westside youth theater troupes have an amazing opportunity to share their methods and creative voices as well as celebrate solidarity in this collaboration,” said Amalia Ortiz, Teatro ALAS Studio Director.

Empowering Youth

“In light of recent events across the world, it’s imperative that we empower students to harness their innate abilities, fostering creative expression and collaborative engagement to articulate their perspectives and emotions regarding the world around them,” said Jorge Piña, Guadalupe Theater Arts Director. “Grupo Animo is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive environment where all members feel welcome, regardless of race, gender, economic background, or sexual orientation. We recognize the transformative power of Chicano, Latino, and Native American arts and culture in reshaping our perceptions of the world.”

Grupo Animo Class of 2023. Photo courtesy Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

About Grupo Animo

Grupo Animo is the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s resident youth theater company, founded in 1993 and consisting of youth (ages 13 to 18) from all backgrounds and areas of San Antonio, and Bexar County. Under the mentorship of professional teaching artists and directors, Grupo Animo company members are guided through a four-week summer theater experience, allowing youth a platform to make their voice heard through thought-provoking, engaging and culturally relevant, performance-based Teatro/Theatre.

Grupo Animo’s mission is to use Teatro/Theatre to instill an understanding of the value of culture, creativity, and community.

SAY Sí is a national award-winning year-round, long-term, nonprofit arts-based youth development program for San Antonio area students in grades six through 12 that provides opportunities for these students to develop artistic and social skills in preparation for higher educational advancement and professional careers. SAY Sí programs serve over 200 students from all of San Antonio’s school districts and has an active public schedule of art events.

SAY Sí accepts diverse students from all areas of San Antonio, but first priority is given to students from low economic households. SAY Sí’s unique approach to education has placed the organization on the national stage, with recognition as one of the top out-of-school-time organizations in the country by The Wallace Foundation (2103) and a Creative Catalyst Award (2016).

About Teatro ALAS

Teatro ALAS (Activating Leadership, Art & Service) operates as a collaborative ensemble known as the ALAS Youth Theatre Company. Committed to the creation of new and original performance work by, for and about San Antonio youth, ALAS challenges students to draw from their own experiences, observations, and insights to produce theatre of relevance to their lives and their communities. Emphasizing leadership skills and civic engagement, ALAS creates work that addresses community needs and concerns, challenges prejudices and social injustice, and celebrates diversity and difference.

Grupo Animo and Teatro ALAS’ goal at the end of the program is to teach students basic history and practice of Teatro/Theatre, acting, teamwork, poetry, creative writing, movement and performance. The summer program will culminate with a student showcase created and performed by the student members.

Grupo Animo instructors include Clint Taylor and Sarah Tijerina. Teatro ALAS instructors include Lilith Tijerina and Solstiz Ibarra-Campos.

DATES: June 3rd to 28th, 2024
TIME: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SAY Sí, 1310 S. Brazos
PHONE: SAY Sí – (210) 201-4950; GCAC – (210) 271-3151

To register for this summer’s production, please visit: The deadline to RSVP is June 1, 2024.