TENAZ is the acronym for Teatros Nacionales
de Aztlan (National Theater of Aztlan).
Beginning as a support
group for regional Chicano / Latino theater groups it evoloved into an
international festival of Chicano / Latino theater: first yearly, then
as a binnial. It has been a major supporter of major talents within the
communitry as well as promoting new artists, dancers, actors, writers
CARA (Chicano Art: Resistance and
Affirmation)was a travelling exhibition of Chicano art as curated by the
Wight Gallery at UCLA. It was a showcase of 140 works of art produced
between 1964 - 1985 by 90 artists.
This collection consists of
the dramatist and dramaturge Paulina Sahagun's personal collection of
Latin American and Chicano theater papers, specifically the papers of
TENAZ and CARA: periodicals and related papers; theater publications and
magazines from Mexico and Colombia.
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Paulina Sahagun has performed on both sides of the Mexico / U.S.
Border. She began her theatrical career as a member of the Mexican
Theater Company: Los Mascarones and was a founding member of Grupo
Cultural Zero. With these companies she toured extensively throughout
Mexico and the U.S. performing original theatrical works. Her credits
with El Teatro Campesino and Luis Valdez include the play "La Pastorela"
and the PBS Special "El Popol Vuh." Sahagun has worked with TENAZ
(Teatro Nacional de Aztlan), The Inner City Cultural Center, Plaza de La
Raza, UCLA Mexican Art Series, the 1990 Los Angeles Theater Festival and
the travelling exhibit CARA (Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation)
originating at UCLA's the Wight Art Gallery. She co-directed the Young
Conservatory, a training program for young actors and was a Drama
Instructor at Inner City Arts.
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Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and/or the
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publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research
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