Puente Theatre's mandate is to use theatrical experience as a bridge between cultures, which means providing opportunity and resources to culturally-diverse artists, and in so doing, bringing art from a wide array of perspectives to the broader Canadian public. As members of our community, we advocate for inclusion; we facilitate connections; we bring people together.
Puente's dreams will have come true when:
the Canadian theatre community is as culturally diverse as the Canadian public,
that diversity is authentic and deeply rooted, not token or superficial,
that diversity drives both process and product, without necessarily conforming to mainstream modes and creative traditions,
every member of the Canadian public feels welcome as audience members,
every member of the Canadian public feels like they can see themselves on our stages,
attending theatre is affordable to all strata of society,
our creative processes are open, curious, compassionate, and cosmopolitan, drawing from a wild and beautiful variety of sources, unencumbered by prejudice or elitism or the blindness of privilege,
..and as a consequence, we make the most wondrous theatre that anyone has ever seen.
"El Jinete, A Mariachi Opera"
Aex Alegría as "El Jinete"
Photo credit: Itai Erdal
"Patriot in Search of a Country"
Grace Chan as "The Patriot"
"Fado, The Saddest Music in the World"
Chris Perrins as "Tristão"
Photo credit: Derek Ford
Alexandra Lainfiesta as "Katy" & Indio Saravanja as "Juan"
Photo credit: Ilijc Albanese
Raji Basi as herself