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Susana Tubert

Susana Tubert is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Latino International Theater Festival of New York, Inc. (LITF/NY), a non-profit organization that actively supports New York Latino theater year-round, and serves as a portal to Ibero-American theater companies from around the world.  As Executive Producer of TeatroStageFest, LITF/NY’s main annual event, Ms. Tubert has established in three short years an impactful artistic, educational, and cultural celebration in New York that spotlights center-stage groundbreaking theater for all audiences from New York, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain.

Under Ms. Tubert's leadership, the past three festivals (2007-2009) have succeeded in bringing together over 348 local and international artists, a total of 56 events and 112 performances in over 32 venues citywide. TeatroStageFest has been recognized with over 10 HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) and ACE Awards (Association of Spanish language Critics), and special recognitions by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and by members of the City Council of New York.  Ms. Tubert also spearheads LITF/NY’s ongoing educational programs which empower the local artistic community through a series of free professional training workshops, internships, playwriting classes for high school students, and marketing support.

Prior to producing, Ms. Tubert’s directing career over the course of 18 years focused on developing and premiering new American plays and musicals at major regional as well as commercial and non-profit New York theaters, including: Viva la Vida! starring Tony Award-winner Mercedes Ruehl at Bay Street Theater, the hit musical Four Guys Named Jose . . . and una Mujer Named Maria! produced Off-Broadway by Enrique Iglesias and Dasha Epstein, Real Women Have Curves by Josefina Lopez, and Bad Girls by award winning author Joyce Carol Oates at The Directors Company.  Her productions have been featured at The Joseph Papp Public Theater, Lincoln Center Institute, The Women’s Project, South Coast Repertory Theater, Victory Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, and Denver Center Theater, among others.  In addition, she is writer/director/producer of Gypsy Girl, a short film that premiered at the New York International Latino Film Festival, and has directed on the daytime drama Guiding Light.  She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC) and the Directors’ Guild of America (DGA).

Ms. Tubert has twice been a Resident Artist in Toni Morrison’s Atelier at Princeton University, a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College, New York University and the Stella Adler Conservatory.  She has been honored with the prestigious Theatre Communications Group/National Endowment for the Arts Director Fellowship and the New York State Puerto Rican and Hispanic Legislative Task Force’s Entre Nosotras AwardEl Diario/La Prensa recognized Ms. Tubert as one of the 50 Most Influential Latinas, and in 2008 Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. presented her with the Heritage and Culture Celebration Award.  Her proudest contribution to the field is TeatroStageFest. The fourth edition is scheduled for the Spring of 2010.

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ms. Tubert settled in New York in 1980. She resides in Manhattan with her husband Omar Mendez.

Photo by Michael J. Palma

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