Collection CHC5216 - Teresa María Rojas Papers

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Teresa María Rojas Papers


  • 1953-2008 (Creation)


12 Boxes

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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.

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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.

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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.

Preferred citation: Teresa María Rojas Papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

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  • English
  • Spanish

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Gift of Teresa María Rojas, 2009.

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