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Sandra Rodríguez Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 137

Scope and Contents

The collection contains flyers, programs, postcards, videos, CDs, scripts, writings, and audiocassettes that document not only Rodríguez’s career, but also the Puerto Rican/Latino theater scene in New York City. Materials date from 1953 to 2005, with the bulk concentrating on the period from the 1980s to 2005.

A highlight of the materials is an original letter from Julia de Burgos. Also, the collection contains promotional materials, notes from Rodríguez, correspondence, and personal photographs related to Rodríguez's play, "Evelina's Heart," a work inspired by the life of Evelina Antonetty.

Dates

  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980s-2005
  • Creation: 1953-2005

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to researchers without restrictions with the exception of the audiovisual materials, which is restricted due to format.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Sandra Rodríguez.

Biographical / Historical

Sandra Rodríguez is a Puerto Rican actress, singer, playwright, director, storyteller, and educator with an extensive history of performance, writing, and theatrical production that has spanned over twenty years.

As an actor, Rodríguez has performed with such important Latino theater companies in New York City such as Pregones Theater, INTAR, Thalia, Teatro Circulo, and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (PRTT). With these companies, Rodríguez performed on national and international stages including venues in Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Caribbean. In addition to her theater work, Rodríguez has acted in film and television including major roles in films such as “Shall Not Want,” “The Two Worlds of Angelita,” and “Morir por Amor (Dying for Love)”. Away from the stage, Rodríguez created, produced, and co-hosted a monthly radio program that ran for many years on WBAI called “Mujer: Canto, Amor y Lucha.”

Outside of her acting, Rodríguez is well known for her vocal talents, performing for many years as one of the lead singers of the legendary Mario Bauza’s Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. After parting ways with the group, Rodríguez continued her involvement with the Latin music scene acting as lead singer for the New School Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra and joining Retumba! an all-female Afro-Caribbean ensemble.

As a writer and director, Rodríguez has penned numerous plays, scripts, and poems and has been involved with the production of various theatrical pieces throughout her career. One notable work by Rodríguez is that of “Evelina’s Heart”, a multimedia piece inspired by the life and actions of the Puerto Rican leader and activist, Dr. Evelina Antonetty. In addition to plays such as “Evelina’s Heart”, Rodríguez has written original works for a youth theatrical company, Grupo Bridges, a group she helped to found in 1988 whe she ran for over ten years.

In 1998, Sandra was honored by the El Diario La Prensa and named one of the 50 outstanding Latinas in New York City in their edition celebrating the International Women’s Month.

Source(s): Manhattan Plaza News, "Agent of Change" by Amber Michelle, February 1996

Extent

2.0 Cubic Feet (1 Document Box, 2 Hollingers, 1 Flat File drawer) : Folders in drawer 63, books moved to library

Language of Materials

English

Spanish; Castilian

Metadata Rights Declarations

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

Abstract

Sandra Rodríguez is an actress, singer and one of the original members of Pregones Theater. Her collection contains flyers, programs, postcards, videos, CDs, audiocassettes, and publications that document not only Rodríguez’s career, but also the Puerto Rican/Latino theater scene in New York City. A highlight of the materials is an original letter from Julia de Burgos. Materials date from 1953 to 2005, with the bulk concentrating on the period from the 1980s to 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sandra Rodríguez.

Related Materials

Related collections in Centro Archives include: Míriam Colón Valle Papers, Pregones: The Red Rose/La Rosa Roja Collection and Puerto Rican Travelling Theater/ Allen Davis Records.

Separated Materials

Books and other publications donated with collection were moved to the Centro Library.

Title
Sandra Rodríguez Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Brendan Enright
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora Repository

Contact:
Silberman Building, Hunter College
2180 Third Ave. Rm. 122
New York New York 10065




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.