Actos- On Stage

Written by Dora Schoenbrun-Fernandez
22 Nov 2013


“ACTOS” presents vignettes of the challenges of power struggles in contemporary U.S. and Latin American society.

Four one act plays touch on the following topics:

a US-Mexico border crossing, where supernatural help is summoned to cross the line in safety.;

a revolutionary debate that takes place in the stars between poet and freedom-fighter;

the wake-up call of the Chicana’s fight into the workplace in a silly comedy of the 70’s,

and be transported into a the new genre of a“Narco Novela,” the life of the drug world of Bogota, Colombia.


Sueños y Realidad-On Stage

Written by Dora Schoenbrun-Fernandez
01 Dec 2012

Estreno de OTELE- Obras de Teatro en Español /ELE

 Sueños y Realidad- La guerra civil salvadoreña, la infidelidad, los choques culturales y el triunfo de tragedia son..


¡No entiendo! An experience in empathy

Written by Dora Schoenbrun-Fernandez
06 Oct 2012

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.
Gail Godwin

Hay un gran deseo de ver la presencia humana representada. Mientras este deseo siga existiendo, la gente encontrará algún modo de hacer teatro.
Zelda Fichandler

I've always thought of acting as more of an exercise in empathy, which is not to be confused with sympathy. You're trying to get inside a certain emotional reality or motivational reality and try to figure out what that's about so you can represent it. -Edward Norton


I’m mumbling, fumbling, and confused. What does it feel like not to understand? In a foreign language class we often feel overwhelmed with feelings of confusion and are challenged to find comfort in the unknown.

Today, I’m going to see a play I’ve anticipated seeing for months. It’s by the playwright, Tanya Saracho, “the Chicana Chekhov”. Kita y Fernanda is a story that brings us into the world of two cultures, through the lives and experiences of two girls that explores issues of immigration, language and class in two languages, Spanish and English.

In today's play the English only speaking audience might just feel that, confusion and be I in the world of the unknown. Why, you ask, would a playwright write a play with so much Spanish language, alienating the English speaking audience?


Be a part of the team

Written by Dora Schoenbrun-Fernandez
18 Sep 2012

Theatre at Mesa CollegeDramatic Arts (267 or 268) Be a part of a theater production and design team. Enhance your creative talents with focus on set, costumes, props, light, sound, music, projections, and/or theatrical management. This theater production and design course gives students broad exposure to all aspects of theatrical production, as well as the opportunity to concentrate on a specific area of theatrical design.


Why theater? Making learning Spanish a dynamic process

Written by Dora Schoenbrun-Fernandez
14 Sep 2012

Theatre PracticeTheatrical techniques are frequently used in the Spanish  Language (ELE) classes due to their interactive and communicative nature. Drama games create a dynamic and fun environment for optimal learning opportunities.

These activities provide students with some of the most important tools for becoming proficient in the language.


Theater is dialogue. Learning a language is dialoguing with others through a dynamic process of exchanges. Theatrical language is a creative form for practicing language forms and voice rhythms combined with physical movement.

Theatre pieces have all the grammatical elements a student needs to practice, just like they do in a real life conversation.

Theater is a representation of life it’s self. It covers a wide variety of areas/topics to practice.


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