Collection CHC5141 - Herberto Dumé Papers

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Herberto Dumé Papers


  • 1953-2000 (Creation)


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Herberto Dumé was born in Matanzas, Cuba in 1929 and graduated from the National Academy of the Performing Arts in 1950. He began his career as a theater director in 1955 and in 1959 became the director of the Teatro Nacional de Cuba where he founded the Grupo Guernica theater company. Dumé left Cuba for exile in Spain in 1965 and soon after settled in New York.

In 1969, with the support and sponsorship of the New York State Council on the Arts, Dumé, José Corrales and Edy Sánchez founded Dumé Spanish Theater in a small basement in the Greenwich Village area of New York City. The Dumé Spanish Theater staged plays in Spanish as well as poetry recitals, art exhibitions, lectures and other cultural activities. When Dumé moved to Miami in 1978, Silvia Brito took over the Dumé Spanish Theater and renamed it Thalia Spanish Theatre.

Dumé is best known for his theater direction and his one-man poetry recitals. He staged plays by writers from Bernard Shaw and Henrik Ibsen to Cuban playwrights Abelardo Estorino, José Triana, and Virgilio Piñera. For a list of his theatrical credits, please refer to Appendix A and B. Dumé died on April 8, 2003 in Miami.

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The Herberto Dumé Papers document the work of theater director Herberto Dumé (1929-2003) primarily during his years in exile from Cuba. The collection primarily includes the scripts of plays that Dumé directed along with photographs, clippings, programs, and reviews and records related to the Dumé Spanish Theater.

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The Herberto Dumé Papers are organized into two series.

Please see the Finding Aid/Inventory section of this guide for more detailed information.

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This collection is open for research.

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Herberto Dumé Papers Finding Aid

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  • Spanish

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Gift of Arminta Rodríguez, 2004.

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Selected materials from this collection have been digitized.

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The Herberto Dumé Papers included typescripts of plays which Dumé did not direct or produce or otherwise carry out any work. These scripts were transferred to the Cuban and Cuban-American Theater Collection. A list of separated scripts is on file in the Cuban Heritage Collection.

Director Information for Herberto Dumé. Cuban/Latino Theater Digital Archive. University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

José Corrales Papers (CHC5149), Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Theater Scripts Collection (CHC5259), Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Manuel Pereiras García Papers (CHC5215), Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

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Sponsor Note: This collection processed with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

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