Repertorio Español Announces New York Community Trust Van Lier Scholarships 2022-2023

Three emerging, talented and ambitious directors will have their artistic vision showcased at Repertorio Español’s Gramercy Arts Theater, enjoying the opportunity to utilize Repertorio’s artistic and technical resources while working alongside Repertorio’s staff and company. The first production will air on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Through New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowships, the funded Repertorio provides professional development opportunities, cultivates and mentors emerging Latinx/Latin filmmakers living in New York City (ages 18-30), and gives filmmakers the opportunity to edit a professional production at Repertorio.



Repertorio Español Announces New York Community Trust Van Lier Scholarships 2022-2023
James Bruenger-Arreguin: Born in Los Cabos, Mexico, raised in Denver, CO, James is a New York-based Latinx/Latin director and producer who currently works in the creative development office at Disney Theatrical Group. He has worked and collaborated with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Theater Aspen, The 24 Hour Plays, Southern Colorado Repertory Theater (Associate Artistic Director). Recent credits: Colorado Spring Fine Arts Center: Guadalupe in the Guest Room and To Slay the Dragon. SCRT: The Last Five Years (director), Evita (director/choreographer) Fly by Night (choreographer), University of the Arts: Pop The Musical Exhibition (director) and Momentos (director). BFA in Directing, Playwriting + Producing from the University of the Arts.

“The Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español is a one-of-a-kind gift for the next generation of Latinx artists. The Fellowship invites us to join an artistic home and community in which we are asked to investigate our creative voice and our aesthetic over two summers. My belief is that theater directing is about participation and creating an empowered space where artists can create freely. I am honored to be in this cohort and thrilled at the opportunity to build in an institution whose mission is to celebrate Latinx culture and the Spanish language through live performance.”


Repertorio Español Announces New York Community Trust Van Lier Scholarships 2022-2023
Kathleen Capdesuner [she/her] is a Florida-grown, immigrant-raised, Cuban-American director, producer and generative artist working in theater and film. Kathleen is a fiercely generous collaborator who leads democratized modes of creation to decolonize the current artistic canon. Kathleen is an alumnus of: The Roundabout Directing Fellowship, The Civilians R&D Group, MTC John Alper Directing Fellowship, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and McCarter Theater Center Directing Apprenticeship. She has also developed and produced works with: Roundabout, Atlantic Theater Company, Yale, EST, Noor Theatre, Columbia, Teatro LATEA, Moxie Arts New York, McCarter Theatre, NYU, and internationally in the Fringe Festival circuit.

“It’s an honor to join Repertorio Español as a Van Lier Fellow. I’m thrilled to delve into two distinct and vital pieces of the Latinx canon and bring it to life through a modern feminist lens.”


Repertorio Español Announces New York Community Trust Van Lier Scholarships 2022-2023
(Ella/Her) is a Puerto Rican actor, director and critic. She earned her BFA at UCF with a minor in Humanities, also training at: Atlantic Co, BADA at Oxford University and SBIFF. She is an SDC Directing Fellow, an alumnus of the Kennedy Center Directing Initiative, and a participant in Jose Solís’ BIPOC Critic Lab. She is currently a member of “Did they like it?” Cohort and an associate of the Latin Musical Theater Lab. Growing up as Boricua in South Dakota – with her media diet ranging from Rebelde to The Lizzie McGuire Movie – sparked her need to create stories that explore the diasporic experience of POC in our world.

“Being a Van Lier Scholar gives me a platform to explore the diasporic life of latinidad in contemporary and classic Spanish works. Hoy día, you can be Latin but grow up in South Dakota – just like me – but that doesn’t “didn’t grow up eating mofongo or listening to Olga Tañón. This scholarship not only provides space, but support to explore the growing intersections of our culture. Me toca el alma que vieron mi mente “gringa” y dijeron que eso todavía es ser Latina.”


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Repertorio Español was founded in 1968 by artistic director René Buch and producer Gilberto Zaldívar and has become one of the most successful Off-Broadway theaters. The company was founded with the mission of producing the best Spanish language theater in Latin America and Spain as well as plays written by Latin artists. The Company presents a rotating repertoire of plays, musicals and dance concerts each year. His productions are seen by more than 34,000 people each year at his home, the historic Gramercy Arts Theater, and on tour. Each year, approximately 18,000 students are introduced to the heritage of Spanish-language theater through its educational program, ¡DIGNIDAD!

Corina C. Butler