Teatro Avante :: The Company
Founded in 1979, Teatro Avante is a non-profit, tax-exempt cultural organization whose main goal is the preservation of Hispanic cultural heritage. The group has represented the United States at international theatre festivals in Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, France, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Portugal, Venezuela, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Slovenia and Peru. In the U.S., Teatro Avante has performed in New York, Buffalo, Winston-Salem, El Paso, Albuquerque, Los Angeles and in several cities of South Florida. The company has staged works by Albee, Alomá, Ariza, Assad, Cabrujas, Camus, Cocteau, Ferrer, García Lorca, Manet, Matas, Pinto, Piñera, Reguera Saumell, Santana, Triana, Valle-Inclán, Williams and Shakespeare, among others. In 1994, the Atlanta Olympic Committee's Cultural Olympiads honored Teatro Avante with the Regional Arts Award. Also in 1994, the company received the Ollantay Award in Madrid; in 1995, the prestigious Federico Garcia Lorca Award in Fuente Vaqueros, Spain; in 2004, the Kusillo Award in La Paz, Bolivia; and in 2012, the UCSUR in Lima, Peru, for its "enormous contribution to the development of Hispanic theatre in the Americas."
Teatro Avante organizes and produces the annual award-winning International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami. Thanks to the generous support of the International Cultural Exchange Program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Teatro Avante has had the privilege of staging many of its acclaimed productions abroad, most recently, Aire frío (Cold Air), free version by Raquel Carrió from the play by Virgilio Piñera, directed by Mario Ernesto Sánchez, in Miami, Costa Rica, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Peru and Spain.