Collection CHC5151 - María Julia Casanova Papers

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María Julia Casanova Papers


  • 1943-2003 (Creation)


10 Boxes

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María Julia Casanova was born in Havana, Cuba in 1916 and is recognized for her long career as a script writer for radio and television and as a theater designer and director. She worked for children’s theater in Mexico and wrote for the radio serial “La Impostora” broadcast on Cuba’s CMQ station. With Margot de Blanck she founded the Sala Teatro Hubert de Blanck in Havana, in which she occasionally presented her own plays such as Hechizadas and Mujeres.

Exiled in Miami, Florida in 1960, Casanova worked in radio and later with Sociedad Pro-Arte Grateli. With Armando Navarro and Roberto Miñagorri, she founded the Sala Teatro La Danza, which debuted with the play Corona de Amor by Alejandro Casona and adapted by Casanova. Casanova also worked for the magazine publisher Editorial de Armas.

In the 1980s, she served as artistic director for the Teatro Bellas Artes in Miami, where she presented original works such as Lucy and La Reina Enamorada, and designed theater sets for Teatro Avante. In the 1990s, she realized her dream of owning a theater and opened the Teatro Casanova on Miami’s Calle Ocho. Ediciones Universal published her autobiography, Mi vida en el teatro, in 2000. Four years later, María Julia Casanova died in Miami.

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The María Julia Casanova Papers primarily document the work of radio and television writer and theater designer and director María Julia Casanova (1916-2004) in Cuba and Miami. The Papers include her scripts, photographs, clippings, theater programs, set and costume designs, posters, audiovisual materials, memorabilia, and honors and awards.

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The María Julia Casanova 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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María Julia Casanova Papers Finding Aid

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  • Spanish

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Gift of Diana Martínez de Castro, 2004.

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Selected materials from this collection have been digitized.

Related archival materials

Religious cards. (Cuba Vertical Files, Cuban Heritage Collection)

Luisa María Güell. Poster, 1998 (Cuban Poster Collection, Cuban Heritage Collection)

Cuban Flag (1x 0.5) (Cuba Vertical Files: Memorabilia, Cuban Heritage Collection)

Cuban/Latino Theater Digital Archive, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Cuban and Cuban-American Theater Collection (CHC5169), Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Teatro Avante Collection (CHC0465), Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

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