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Pedro Santaliz Nuevo Teatro Pobre de America Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2006-014

Content Description

Founded in 1963 by Pedro Santaliz, "El Nuevo Teatro Pobre de America" is a popular theater troupe that performs on the street in marginalized communities in Puerto Rico and in New York City. Until the 1980s "El Nuevo Teatro Pobre de America" traveled frequently between New York City and Puerto Rico performing plays focusing on the social and political issues of the lower and middle classes in Puerto Rico and New York. El Nuevo Teatro Pobre's focus in the 1980s was the problem of domestic violence presented through such plays as "El Castillo Interior de Medea Camuñas, 1992", based on the Greek tragedy and myth of Medea. Santaliz's interest was to express a radical position with respect to the subordinate and persecuted condition of women in Society. The collection measures 0.5 cubic feet includes flyers, correspondence, scripts, clippings, notes, programs and photographs that document the activities of the theater company. It spans the early 1970s until the mid-1980s.

Acquisition Type



The collection was donated by Shirley Chesney.

Language of Description


Script of Description


Restrictions Apply


Use Restrictions

Copyrights held by Pedro Santaliz and Nuevo Teatro Pobre de America.


  • Creation: 1960s - 1990s
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970s - mid 1980s



0.50 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

About the Collections

Our collections consist of personal papers from prominent Puerto Rican artists, elected officials, social activists, writers, as well as the records of community-based organizations. Our largest collection, the Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS) Records, measures approximately 2,900 cubic feet and contains an extraordinary amount of information regarding Puerto Rican migrants and the government institutions established to assist them. The collections date from the 1890s to the present, and document Puerto Rican communities in the Northeast, Midwest, Florida, California and Hawaii.