Victoria Pérez is an accomplished theatre artist and teacher. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Raíces Theatre Company, the only theatre company in WNY dedicated to develop, nourish and produce modern and original works dealing with the Latino experience in order to preserve our roots. She serves as secretary on the board of the Arts Foundation of the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and is a Committee member and theatrical expressions teacher for the Miss Borinquen Latina Leadership Development Program.  Victoria has worked with many WNY theatres including Road Less Traveled, Ujima, ArtPark, Musicalfare, O’Connell and Company, Kavinoky Theatre and Subversive. She has been nominated 3 times for the Buffalo Artie Awards and won for best actress in a musical for her work in FOUR GUYS NAMED JOSE AND UNA MUJER NAMED MARIA. She was also the program coordinator for MUSE (Musicians United for Superior Education) and for Antecesores, both arts organizations for which she was also a teaching artist specializing in theatre, music, and Puerto Rican folkloric dance and storytelling. She has been involved in the Buffalo’s young Latino community by doing theatre/music ad dance residencies at the West Side Community Services, The Belle Center and with Friends of Hispanic Arts at Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy. She was part of the creative team that was commissioned by the Arts in Education Institute of WNY to create a musical based on the history of Puerto Rico Mosaico Borincano. Victoria also received the Arts Award from Hispanics United of Buffalo and the Community Arts award from Senator Antoine Thompson. Victoria is a vocalist for the Buffalo Tango Orchestra.

Art Forms:
Dance,Ensemble,Literary,Music,Theater

Programs

What's Your Story: A Monologue Journey

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Everyone has a story, and everyone’s story should be told. In this program the teaching artist will get to know the students through various activities like peer interviews, creating life timelines and sharing of biographies. Using all of the information gathered the student will then create a monologue of one story in their lives. That monologue will then be given to another student to perform. The student will then learn how to tell story in a way in which it captures the mind and soul of the audience member making it a shared experience for all. Using the power of story for personal growth.
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

A Brainstormed Play: You Guys Wrote That?!

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Using a THEME chosen by the students we will write a 10-20 minute play collaboratively using brainstorming, word association and improv. Focusing on all of the aspects of storytelling like the who, what, when, where and why…oh, don’t forget the how! Every students will have a character, there will be a beginning, middle and end which includes a problem or conflict. Students will then move from playwrights to actors, memorizing the script and ultimately performing it!
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

What's Your Superpower?

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Everyone has a special ability. Using theatre and character development students will create a character from scratch that has a very special ability. Together all characters will write a play in which they all come together solve a world problem of epic proportions. We will use the tools of improv, brainstorming, character analysis and creation, playwrighting and performance.
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Headlines: Musical Newspaper

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The Puerto Rican Folkloric music of Plena was first used as a way to tell the news in the island. In this program students will use music as a mode of communication. They will explore their own heritages and cultural background and use a foreign language to tell their news from their lives or neighborhoods.

Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

What Do My Feelings Sound Like?

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Students will know the ways in which music is used to communicate. Students will create dialogue between musical instruments. Students will create their own instruments and explore playing them. Intro to the different styles of Puerto Rican Folkloric music, instruments, culture, traditions. TA will share many percussive instruments with the class exploring what kinds of sounds the instruments make. Through discussion we will begin to put sound to our feelings and eventually create a percussive symphony of sounds.
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Music of the Coqui: A Retelling

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El Coqui is Puerto Rico's coolest animal! It sings a song like this…coqui….coqui…coqui! Using the story of El Coqui students will experiment with the different rhythms and patterns of Puerto Rico’s folkloric music BOMBA and PLENA and will retell story in their own words through music. Students will utilize repetitive text and will explore the creative process.
Grade Level:
PreK-1
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00