Luis Valdez directing a staged reading of "Valley of the Heart." Photo by Robert Eliason.

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Gavilan College offers class on the dramatic works of Luis Valdez

Students will get an in-depth look at the plays and films of the founder of El Teatro Campesino.

The Third Apparition as presented in "La Virgen de Tepeyac." Photo by Robert Eliason.

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The evolution of El Teatro Campesino’s ‘La Virgen de Tepeyac’

From a liturgical manuscript to full production in the Mission to a pandemic-inspired radio play.

Luis Valdez Performing (Courtesy ETC).

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Luis Valdez: Cesar Chavez and theater for the people

Playwright speaks on getting involved in the farmworker movement, his early plays and the birth of El Teatro Campesino.

Luis Valdez, playwright and founder of El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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Luis Valdez: Papier-mache and the theater of change

In the first of two articles, the El Teatro Campesino founder speaks of his childhood and early beginnings.

La Pastorela at the Mission. This year's performance is being held at the El Teatro Campesino playhouse in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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Luis Valdez and the ‘Pastorela’ journey

El Teatro founder speaks on the Christmas show’s history and its return to San Juan playhouse.

Luis Valdez (center right) with the cast of the world premiere of "Zoot Suit" at the Mark Taper Forum in 1978. Photo by Jay Thompson.

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Nearly 40 Years After Its Debut, ‘Zoot Suit’ Returns Home

"Zoot Suit," a play written and directed by El Teatro Campesino founder, Luis Valdez, has returned to the Mark Taper Forum, the stage where it debuted in 1978. The 2017 rendition includes elements of the past and present.

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Luis Valdez receives medal from president

San Juan Bautista resident and El Teatro Campesino founder, Luis Valdez, was honored on Thursday morning by President Obama in a White House ceremony recognizing recipients of the 2015 National Medal of Arts.

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El Teatro Campesino founder, Luis Valdez, To Be Honored at The White House

On Thursday, Sept. 22, Luis Valdez will be honored by President Barack Obama in a ceremony recognizing recipients of the 2015 National Medal of Arts

Cesar Flores takes a break with reporter Leslie David at Vertigo in San Juan Bautista.  Leslie David photo

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Flores: A Life in the Arts

San Benito County benefits from Cesar Flores' dedication to his craft and the youth that are drawn to it

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The legendary bandit, Tiburcio Vásquez, rides again

On Sept. 10, The Western Stage in Salinas will debut its rendition of Luis Valdez's play, "Bandido!: The American Melodrama of Tiburcio Vásquez, Notorious California Bandit.” The production runs through Oct. 1

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Luis Valdez Joins The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2016

San Juan Bautista resident and El Teatro Campesino founder, Luis Valdez, was recently named a member of the Academy.

El Teatro Campesino performs during the 1975 "El Voto" campaign. Photo courtesy of Mimi Plumb.

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¡Viva La Causa!: El Teatro Campesino’s New Production Opens Friday, June 24

Melding the past, present, and future, “!Viva La Causa!” pays tribute to El Teatro Campesino's founder, Luis Valdez, while chronicling the theater company's storied history and honoring its mission

A farmworkers' polling place set-up in a field (Sept. 1975). Photos courtesy of Mimi Plumb.

Democracy In The Fields: A Project Honoring California’s Farmworkers and the Newfound Freedoms They Reaped in 1975

In September1975, free elections altered California's agricultural landscape. On Sunday, April 3, the National Steinbeck Center will host the unveiling of "Democracy in the Fields," a project dedicated to this momentous event and the lives it transformed

Luis Valdez looking over the leaflet that announced the formation of El Teatro Campesino. Photo courtesy of Donna Silva (DLynn Photography).

El Teatro Campesino: Fifty Years and Counting

El Teatro Campesino was established in 1965 during the Delano Grape Strike. Fifty years later, its founder, Luis Valdez, continues creating thought-provoking productions and nurturing talent from the theater company's playhouse in San Juan Bautista