Collection CHC5131 - Alberto Sarraín Records

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Alberto Sarraín Records


  • 1971-2010 (Creation)


8 Boxes

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Biographical history

Alberto Sarraín is a Cuban theater director, playwright, actor, and educator. He was born in Cuba in 1949. He graduated with a degree in psychology from La Universidad de La Habana in 1976. In 1979 he immigrated to the United States where he has worked and lived. He founded the Cuban Cultural Group, also known as La Má Teodora in 1996. He has taught theater, directed Cuban works, and been involved in festivals in the United States, Cuba, Spain, and other Latin American countries. He was the co-recipient of the 2001 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award, for leading a legal battle to allow the performances of Cuban plays in Florida.

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This collection contains documents, clippings, photographs and ephemera of the activities of Alberto Sarraín and his theater production group, La Má Teodora. The collection documents his financial, administrative, theatrical and personal activities. There is also a group of personal papers that make up a portion of the collection, including materials related to Sarraín's work with the Community Relations Service at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base and the Guantánamo Refugee Education and Training Program.

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The collection is arranged into two series that contain Sarraín's work-related records and personal papers.

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This collection is open for research.

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Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please, contact for more information.

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  • English
  • Spanish

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Formerly known as the La Má Teodora Records.

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Scope and content note updated by Amanda Moreno, November 2018.

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