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PO Box 1240, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

(831) 623-2444

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Founder and artistic director Luis Valdez is the visionary force behind the esteemed El Teatro Campesino (“The Farmworker’s Theater”), formed in 1965.

El Teatro Campesino began as an artistic expression of the Chicano movement in alliance with Cesar Chavez’s United Farmworkers Union. The company moved from Delano, California, to San Juan Bautista in 1971 and has continued to produce award-winning theatrical art in both Spanish and English. The repertory includes yearly Christmas pageants, alternating annually between La Virgen del Tepeyac and La Pastorela, along with revivals of Valdez’s iconic Zoot Suit. The company hosts showcases and workshops, and also mounts productions at other venues, including San Jose Stage Company and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

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