About Us

Founded in 1996, Cara Mía Theatre Co. is a non-profit theatre company that presents live accessible theatre by producing critically acclaimed published plays and creating new and experimental works while developing innovative and educational youth arts programming reflective of the Latino experience in the U.S.

In 1996, Cara Mía Theatre Co. filled a void in the Dallas arts community by becoming the first Dallas theater to focus on the Mexican-American experience. Cara Mía assured Mexican-American audiences that their bilingual and bicultural experiences were represented regularly on Dallas stages. Co-Founder, Eliberto Gonzalez cites the San Antonio book fair as a catalyst for founding Cara Mía Theatre Co. Feeling that Latino literature and its writers ought to be more accessible to the public, he began a theatre company. Along with Adelina Anthony, Eliberto founded the company as a vehicle to bring the Chicano/ Latino US experience expressed in literature to the public. Since that time, the cultural breadth of CMTC’s plays expanded over the years, the company’s artistic approach has matured, especially since the arrival of current Executive Artistic Director David Lozano in 2002. To expand the company’s reach to non-theatre going Latinos, Lozano chose to focus on creating new bilingual plays that were both topical and theatrically unique. Trained in physical theatre, Lozano formed a resident artistic ensemble that began to devise new works inspired by international forms of physical theatre such as clown and mask performance, poetic movement and collectively created plays that simultaneously speak to the experiences of the local Latino community in Dallas. Today, CMTC boasts of a 16-member resident artistic ensemble that creates new works and also produces classic plays by the most acclaimed Latino playwrights in the nation. Cara Mía Theatre Co. celebrates its 20th anniversary during the 2015-2016 season. Cara Mía has become a cultural resource in Dallas and North Texas, producing world premieres of major Mexican-American writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and Cherrie Morraga. Cara Mía has also produced original plays written collectively by the artistic ensemble and by local Dallas writers that have received critical acclaim from Dallas-Fort Worth media.

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Board of Directors

Eliberto Gonzalez
Chairman Emeritus / Co Founder

Linda Cantu

Rosaura Cruz

Daniel Casillas
Gustavo Gonzales
David Lozano
Jesse Tafalla
Gina Weber


Executive Artistic Director
David Lozano                         david@caramiatheatre.org

Managing Director
Ariana Cook                           ariana@caramiatheatre.org

Educational Coordinator
Chris Ramirez

Curator for Community Action
Ernest McMillan                      ernest@caramiatheatre.org

Head of Best Teaching Practices
Frida Espinosa-Müller


Artist Ensemble

Vanessa Mercado Taylor
Jessie Zarazaga
S-Ankh Rasa
Karen Bower Robinson
Ivan Jasso
Mark Pearson
Rodney Garza
Frida Espinosa- Müller
David Lozano
Jeffrey Colangelo
Linda Blase
Ariana Cook
Jonah Gutierrez
Armando Monsivais                                          

Employment & Volunteering

Seeking Actors for Cara Mía Theatre Co.'s 22nd Season

Male, Female, and gender non-confirming actors of all ages to play multiple roles.
Actors will be asked to sign up for a specific slot. Slots are every 10 minutes. We ask actors to prepare one contemporary monologue for the audition not to exceed 2 minutes.

Audition Dates:
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
El Centro Community College
ECC Studio Theatre
801 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
C Bldg. Basement

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
El Centro Community College
ECC Studio Theatre
801 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
C Bldg. Basement

Call Backs
Saturday, August 19, 2017
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
El Centro Community College
ECC Studio Theatre
801 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
C Bldg. Basement

Equity and Non- Equity Contracts available. All performers are paid.
If auditioning, please arrive prior to your audition to fill out the proper form. Please bring a headshot and resume with you to the audition.
To sign up as an actor please email Ariana Cook at Ariana@caramiatheatre.org or call 214.516.0706.
Please include your name, phone number, and email in the message along with your preferred date and time. We will email you to confirm.

Productions Seeking Actors:

Where Earth Meets The Sky
By Edyka Chilomé, Ariana Cook, and Vanessa Mercado Taylor
Directed by Vanessa Mercado Taylor
April 13 - 29, 2018
World Premiere
Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204
Seeking up to 15 roles for Where Earth Meets the Sky.

Deferred Action- TOUR
By David Lozano and Lee Trull
Directed by David Lozano
North Texas: Sept. 14 – Sept. 17, 2017
Houston Texas: Oct. 5 - Oct. 7, 2017
Los Angeles, CA: Oct. 29 – Nov. 19, 2017
Seeking the following role for Deferred Action:
Jerry - White male political strategist, age 30's to 40's, who simultaneously placates his loose-canon and undisciplined Tea Party presidential candidate while strategically building his candidate's campaign for success. 

For full descriptions of plays - CLICK HERE

Cara Mía accepts headshots and resumes throughout the year. If you would like to be considered for our season and readings, please send your headshot and resume to ariana@caramiatheatre.org


Cara Mía offers plenty of volunteer opportunities. Get involved with Cara Mía. We can’t wait to work with you!
If you are interested in volunteering and would like to know more about volunteer positions and opportunities. Please email Ariana Cook at ariana@caramiatheatre.org