Building The Wall
Popul Vu: Seven Macaw
Pima Community College
By Kinan and Lakin Valdez of El Teatro Campesino, Popul Vu: Seven Macaw tells the creation myth of the Mayan people. Filled with music, giant puppetry and spectacle, get ready to be blown away Tucson.
May 2017 - April 2018
Excited to get back on stage with this solo show I'm creating based on interviews with war veterans from South Tucson. More details to come!
Arizona Daily Star
East Bay Express
American Theatre Magazine
I make theatre as healing ritual...
creating liminal spaces, playing with form and physicality to manifest moments of beauty and affect. Through a poetry of movement and rhythm, a theatricality of imagery and ritual, my work often investigates the infusion of 'the sacred' in performance. My site specific and community based work strives to rewrite the narrative of people and places as a step to co-creating a better reality.
I'm also an educator, actor and musician
with an MFA in directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University and nine years of university teaching experience.
Some theaters I've had the pleasure to work at include Steppenwolf (Chicago), Campo Santo (San Francisco), The Magic (SF), Arizona Theater (Tucson), Borderlands Theater (Tucson), and American Theatre Co (Chicago).
Arizona Daily Star
I'm helping start a Son Jarocho group/taller in Tucson! Son Jaracho has got to be one of the most beautiful musical genres in the world. From the state of Veracruz, Mexico, it's roots are a mix of European, African, and Mezoamerican. Excited to start having Fandangos and visits by meastros from Mexico.
I began teaching theatre classes at Pima Community College last semester. They have wonderful facilities and a very diverse population of students. I will be directing Seven Macaw based on the mayan creation myth, the Popul Vu, at Pima this fall. Very excited to work wtih faculty and students on this epic work.
I've started the initial research for the next installment of the Barrio Stories Project which will focus on Tucson's Barrio Anita. Much thanks to the Arizona Humanities, Network of Ensemble Theaters and the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture for funding this important project. The goal of the project is to tell the story of this neighborhood which began as a settlement of the Manzo Apaches, before being populated by Mexican American families in the early 20th century.
Marc David Pinate