Duo Theatre [theater group]

Resident company

Spanish-English Ensemble Theatre, Teatro Dúo
"Duo Theater/Teatro Duo (or the Spanish-English Ensemble Theatre) was founded in 1969 by Magaly Alabau and Manuel Martín, Jr. in... what is now called the Lower East Side. Its mission was to produce experimental plays in both English and Spanish by young Hispanic playwrights and directors as well as by more well-known Hispanic artists. Manuel Martín Jr. was the Artistic Director from 1969 to 1989, and he produced 83 plays during these years. In 1971, Ellen Stewart, founder and director of the off-off Broadway experimental theater club La MaMa, invited Duo to become one of its resident theater companies. Since then, it has been producing in local theaters in the Lower East Side. In 1989, Alasá became its artistic director and shifted its focus from Hispanic theater in general to musicals written by Hispanic-American playwrights. Duo Theater was a pioneer in a number of things: it was the first theater company to produce plays from Cuba, and was also the first to produce Hispanic musicals."

Duo Theatre [Performance venue]