Shortly after announcing its 2018-19 season, Teatro Dallas has also named its new artistic director. Sorany Gutiérrez will fill the role formerly held by co-founder Cora Cardona, who has retired but will remain involved with company. Cardona will also continue to liaise with the international theater community, especially those in Mexico City and in Spain.
Gutiérrez is a familiar face at Teatro Dallas, having appeared in several mainstage plays and is on deck to direct most of next season's productions. She holds a M.A. in theater from the Unviersidad Del Valle in Colombia, and for the past 10 years has worked as an actress, producer, and director on audiovisual projects in Colombia, as well as developing and directing touring productions for Teatro Dallas.
Recently, she directed and helped produce Little Mexico, a play which was based on research about the local Mexican-American neighborhood in Dallas. Her prior training in highly evocative, physical theater in both Latin America and the United States has been a fit with the historical aesthetic of Teatro Dallas, which produces vanguard productions that focus on expanding awareness of Latin American and global theater forms, and furthering the cultural empowerment of the Latinx community in the U.S.
Gutiérrez will continue to develop new works, select the 2019-2020 season, and create a new artistic vision for the 34-year-old theater company. Funds from the Meadows Foundation and the Moody Fund for the Arts helped create the permanent, full-time artistic director position.