Luis Munoz’s Bilingual Theater Collection

Descriptive Summary:

Creator:Luis Munoz
Title:Luis Munoz’s Bilingual Theater Collection
Inclusive Dates:1972-1977
Abstract:With the hiring in 1972 of Texas A&I University at Kingsville's first bilingual teacher in theater, Joseph Rosenberg (formerly with Goddard College in Vermont), the theater department got its first taste of bilingual dramatic art. Rosenberg, whose family was bicultural and bilingual, decided he wanted to combine his Mexican and American cultures and initiated the Bilingual Theater Program. La Fiaca was the first production that opened in Kingsville in 1973 and was acted in both Spanish and English. Later that summer, La Fiaca, was toured in Mexico.Other productions followed and the bicultural theater exchange program of Texas A&I University-Kingsville was begun and flourished through the year 1977 under the leadership of Dr. Rosenberg.
Extent:.5 linear feet
Container:STADBoxes 1270, 1271; STAD Photo File A2011-036
Repository:South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Historical Notes:

Dr. Joseph Rosenberg, a Jewish-American married to a Mexican woman, was the founder and production director of the Tearto Bilingue of Texas A&I University-Kingsville. His goal was to embrace both cultures and languages on the theater stage. Rosenberg taught his students in traditional theatrical training. Most of his students were Chicanos, and they addressed their productions to both Mexican Americans and non-Hispanics. They would alternate between Spanish and English for their productions. The troupe produced and translated many Latin-American plays and toured the United States, Spain and Mexico. Graduates of Rosenberg's program became actors, directors, and designers. Taken from Elizabeth C. Ramirez, Footlights Across the Border: A History of Spanish-Language Professional Theatre on the Texas Stage (New York: Lang, 1990)

Scope and Content:

The Bilingual Theater Collection includes playbills, art posters, photographs, reviews, newspaper clippings, journal articles and convention booklets. Advertisements for the following productions: La Fiaca; Un Sombrero Lleno De Lluvia; Por Un Girasol; Una Noche De Osvaldo Dragun; Traylesnik; Milagro En El Mercado Viejo; The Fantasticks; Historias para Ser Contadas; and A Hatful of Rain are included.


Arranged in Series: Series I: Playbills Series II: Reviews Series III: Journal articles Series IV: Newspaper clippings Series V: Promotional Items Series VI: Photographs


Access:Open for research
Rights Statment:Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A& M University-Kingsville. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

Index Terms:


  • Rosenberg, Joseph


  • Alpha Psi Omega -- National Theater Honor Society
  • Teatro Bilingue (Organization)
  • Texas A&I University-Kingsville

Geographical Names

  • Kingsville (Tex.)


  • Mexican Americans -- Texas, South -- Social life and customs
  • Mexican Americans -- Texas, South -- Ethnic identity
  • Mexican Americans -- Texas, South -- Intellectual life
  • Mexican American theater -- Texas, South -- History
  • Mexican American drama (Spanish)
  • Mexican-Americans -- Ethnic identity
  • Theater -- Production and direction
  • Theater -- Study and teaching -- Texas, South

Administrative Information:

Preferred Citation

Luis Munoz’s Bilingual Theater Collection, A2011.XXXX, South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville


A2011-036 – Gift of Luiz Munoz

Proccessing Information

A2011-036 was processed by Lori Atkins who also wrote the Finding Aid in 2015. Matthew Tallant coded it as a EAD document in 2016

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James C. Jernigan Library, South Texas Archives,
MSC 197, 700 University Blvd, Kingsville, TX 78336-8202