Educational Center for Arts & Sciences

New England's largest Spanish-Language Theater

aka Teatro ECAS   |   PROVIDENCE, RI   |  www.teatroecas.org

Mission

The mission of Teatro ECAS is to promote theater as a viable form of self-discovery, expression and communication within an urban multicultural community, with particular emphasis on children and young adults. Through direct involvement in the creation and execution of presentations, workshops and discussions, participants will discover hidden talents, build self-confidence and learn to explore alternative means of expression while solidifying their cultural and individual identity.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive and Artistic Director

Ms. Francis Parra

Main address

P.O. Box 27124

PROVIDENCE, RI 02907 USA

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EIN

05-0503197

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For several years, Educational Center for Arts and Sciences (Teatro ECAS) has heard from English speakers that yearned for performances to be performed in English as well as Spanish, or have immediate translations, as many of our peer Latino organizations around the country have, such as Repertorio Español and Teatro Circulo in New York City. Earphone translations are ineffectual as they generally only have two people speaking and there may be many people on the stage, and can therefore be confusing. After two months of research, Teatro ECAS has decided to explore projection simulcast in English, fulfilling this community demand.

During the next 18 months, May 2018 through November 2019 to test and launch English Translations Supertitles Simulcast to solve this problem.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Season 2021-2022

The largest professional theater in New England area
25 year history
8-10 plays in repertory, performed in Spanish
with English translation simulcast supertitles

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Multiracial people
Social and economic status

Teatro ECAS invites young children and teenage Spanish speaking students from the Southside neighborhood to experience professional theater training just down the street from home. Programming is provided at no cost to the district.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, 85% of Providence’s students were eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 2021-22 school year, indicating high degrees of household poverty. Involvement in the arts can significantly, positively affect student achievement, specifically for students coming from underserved circumstances.

ILAP is conducted throughout the school year in Spanish to increase native language skills. Additionally, participants will create theater productions, working in English as well to decrease reticence and increase both Spanish and English literacy and expression. After-school programs are open to all students but target teacher-identified students (those most in need of literacy-learning support).

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People of Latin American descent
Undocumented immigrants

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures 2019

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As the largest independent professional Spanish-speaking theater in New England, with a twenty year history, we aim to elevate and enrich our Southside Providence community through the power of the arts and culture. Our vision is to become a vital, sustainable arts institution with a reach and impact throughout Southeastern New England theater-goers.

Financials

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Educational Center for Arts & Sciences

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gonzalo Cuervo

Secretary of State of Rhode Island, Chief of Staff

Term: 2016 - 2019