Luis Rodríguez in a batá class.
(Photo by Derrenck Miles)
Jorge Luis Rodríguez
BIO OF A COMMUNICATOR
I have lived in the
monster and I know its
insides ; and my sling
is the sling of David
". José Martí, 1895
Jorge Luis Rodríguez, has been producing director of State Of The Arts,
Inc. since founded in 1983.
Producing director for the Board of the UNITY Arts Center Consortium,
in public/private partnership with the City
of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and
instructor of Creative Writing and Photography
at the William Reagh Los Angeles Photography
Rodriguez has published over a thousand articles on culture and arts for
periodical publications, including specialized
journals on the subjects of culture, folklore
He has written ( Full time/editorial) for La Opinion Newspaper
(October 1986 to 1989), News World Communications(Columnist
and full time/editorial Oct.1984 to 1986), columnist
for Mundo Artistico (1984) and the Daily
News weekly edition of Vecinos (October
1989 to 1994). He also created a new publication
for the Scripps Howard Company in 1985.
Literary Consultant for the National Council of Culture in Cuba from 1976
Founding member of the Folklore Research Group of Matanzas, Cuba, 1977.
Lecturer hosted by the Ministry of Culture of Spain in the auditorium of
the "Centre Culturel Espagnol" of
Paris, France, in 1988.
Advisor to the Foreign Languages Department and the Department of Theatre
of California State University, Los Angeles,
from 1984 to 1989 ("Teatro en Español").
His production of Hijos at the Teatro Studio Jorge Negrete on Whittier
Blvd. (1983-1989) received in 1983 the
Pick of the Week from the L.A. Weekly, as well
as the Dramalogue Award for Best Acting and
Best Play. Rodriguez worked as producer for
the Teatro Studio from 1983 to 1989, managing
year round performing arts workshops (adults
and children, music, art history and scenery).
Rodriguez directed En la Red, presented by Amnesty International
in 1983; in 1988 directed the premiere
of Cinco Horas con Mario in Paris, France,
and La Madre Pasota in Spain in 1989.
He has also starred in leading roles from The
Lesson (Nov., 1982) to acting in the premiere
of Invierno en Hollywood at the Gallery
Theater (September 16, 1989) while directing
the West coast premiere of the play Hay que
deshacer la casa.
In April of 1998 Rodriguez produced, directed and co-wrote The Gathering,
a multidisciplinary play where Africa and India
meet. Promoter for the First Spanish Rock Festival
of L.A. at the Sports Arena in 1990. Production
of Invierno... for Los Angeles' entry
to the VI International Theatre Festival, Coral
Gable, Florida, 1991 and to "Teatre del
Raval", Castelló, Valencia, Spain, Feb.
Rodriguez is author of several fictional works, from the children's environmental
play Little Juan and the Toys (premiered
in Westlake in December 1982) to the multidisciplinary
work Dark Year of the Penguin in 1993.
Community representative to the Westlake Project Area Committe of the Community
Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles(1995-1998).
California Arts Council/Coro Southern California Leadership Fellow, 1996.
B.A. (EMCC 1969-1973), Journalism M.A. (1977).
Academic lectures presented in 1999:
MUNANSO UNGUNDO (House of the Ceiba): Afro-Cuban syncretism.
American Association of Behavioral & Social Sciences. Second Annual
Meeting; February 2-4, 1999.
THE DEATH OF THE LITTLE GIRL, CECILIA:The Palo Monte -Regla Bruja- struggle
against racism and poverty., CRI- Florida International
University. Miami, Florida 33199. March 18-20,