Phil Esparza

Sunday, August 28th, 1:45 pm - 2:40 pm - The Downtown Dance & Movement Center

Phil Esparza

Phil Esparza has over 47 years experience in the performing arts as an actor, technical director, administrator and producer.  Mr. Esparza is a 40 year member of El Teatro Campesino and has worked closely with director/ playwright/ filmmaker, Luis Valdez on numerous productions including Zoot Suit (play & movie), La Bamba (the film), La Pastorela (play & film), La Virgen del Tepeyac and The Cisco Kid (TNT Film). He has produced work at the Japan American Theater in Los Angles, the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, The Winter Garden Theater in New York and the Old Globe Theater in San Diego among others.  He is a founding staff member of CSU Monterey Bay, (TAT Department, World Theater and Black Box Cabaret).

Mr. Esparza has extensive experience in tour production, technical design and tour coordination having coordinated and managed worldwide, national and regional tours of live, video and film productions including Zoot Suit (play & movie), La Bamba (the film), La Pastorela (play & film) and The Cisco Kid (TNT Film).  He has produced work at the Japan American Theater in Los Angles, the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, The Winter Garden Theater in New York and the Old Globe Theater in San Diego among others.  Mr. Esparza has extensive and experience in the development and implementation of successful Latino audience development strategies and has served as an audience development consultant to a number of theater organizations.

Mr. Esparza is currently serving as the Operations Manager of California State University Monterey Bay World Theater .  He was instrumental in creating  and developing the university’s Teledramatic Arts and Technology Institute.  He serves on the Board of Directors of El Teatro Campesino and has served as a board member of the Western Alliance of Arts Administrators, the California Association of Local Arts Agencies, the California Theater Council and the Pacific Peoples Theater Festival.  Mr. Esparza has served on various grant-making panels for local, state, national and international theater and film grant-making agencies and foundations.

Mr. Esparza resides in Marina, California.