About Us

Founded in 1996, Cara Mía Theatre inspires and engages people to uplift their communities through transformative Latinx theatre, multicultural youth arts experiences and community action.

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 22nd anniversary during the 2017-2018 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

Daniel Casillas - Villamizar

Rosaura Cruz

Gustavo Gonzales
David Lozano
Manuel Luis Martinez, PhD
Jesse Tafalla
Gina Weber


Executive Artistic Director
David Lozano                         david@caramiatheatre.org

Managing Director
Ariana Cook                           ariana@caramiatheatre.org

Marketing & Development Coordinator
Kyle Eric Bradford

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


Cara Mía Theatre Co. accepts headshots and resumes throughout the year. Please send your materials to Ariana Cook at 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