Collection CHC5216 - Teresa María Rojas Papers

Identity elements

Reference code

CHC5216

Name and location of repository

Level of description

Collection

Title

Teresa María Rojas Papers

Date(s)

  • 1953-2008 (Creation)

Extent

12 Boxes

Name of creator

Biographical history

Teresa María Rojas was born in Havana, Cuba and graduated from the University of Havana in 1957. She studied acting at Sala Prometeo, a small theater located in Havana. After leaving Cuba in 1960, she went to Venezuela and then to Miami in 1963. Rojas began working as a professor of theater and acting at Miami-Dade College (MDC, also formerly known as Miami-Dade Community College) in 1972. In 1985, Rojas founded the Prometeo Theater, a bilingual theater group at MDC and assumed position of its artisitc director. More than 400 students worked in the Prometeo Theater each year. During her teaching career, Rojas has performed, produced and directed more than 90 plays. In recognition of her teaching, she has been endowed with three Teaching Chairs. Further, one of her former students, Nilo Cruz, wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning play in the drama category, "Anna in the Tropics." Rojas performed in the play, when in returend to Miami after its Broadway debut. Rojas has over 35 years of theater acting and teaching experience.

Content and structure elements

Scope and content

This collection documents the activities of Teresa María Rojas in her capacity as a theater actress, theater professor at Miami-Dade College (MDC, also formerly known as Miami-Dade Community College) for more than 30 years and the founder of the Prometeo Student Theater Group.

The majority of the materials document Rojas' role as artistic director of the Prometeo Theater and the success of the students who performed in it.  Portfolios and reviews contain information regarding her teaching at MDC, in the capacity of the director of the Prometeo Theater and an instructor.  The papers contain scrapbooks chronicling her work as the director of the Prometeo Theater from 1985.  The collection also documents her professsional work as an actress in Miami, Cuba and other Latin American countries. Her performances in various acclaimed productions are documented by clippings and photographs.  Rojas measured her own success as a professor and artistic director of Prometeo by the success of her students.  She played the engaging and lighthearted role of Ofelia in "Ana in the Tropics".  As Ofelia, Rojas took on a similar matronly role as the one she had among her students at MDC.

Selected photographs, playbills, programs, letters, and clippings from the collection are available on the University of Miami Digital Collections portal under the CHC Theater Collections tab.

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use elements

Conditions governing access

This collection is open for research.

Physical access

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

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

Languages of the material

  • English
  • Spanish

Scripts of the material

Language and script notes

Finding aids

Generated finding aid

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

Gift of Teresa María Rojas, 2009.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Accruals

Related materials elements

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized.

https://merrick.library.miami.edu/cubanHeritage/theater/

Related archival materials

Related descriptions

Notes element

General note

Other Information:

Rights Statement:

The text of this webpage is available for modification and reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts).

Specialized notes

Alternative identifier(s)

Description control element

Rules or conventions

Sources used

Access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Accession area