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Luis Santeiro Papers

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¿Qué Pasa, USA? Records

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Luis Santeiro Papers, 1973-2003 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By Duvy Argandoña with the assistance of Antonio Mestre, 2007. Edited by María R. Estorino, 2008.

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Collection Overview

Title: Luis Santeiro Papers, 1973-2003Add to your cart.

ID: CHC5125

Creator: Santeiro, Luis (1948)

Extent: 7.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The Luis Santeiro Papers are organized into three series. Please see the Finding Aid/Inventory section of this guide for more detailed information.

Formats/Genres: Television scripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection documents the work of the television writer and playwright, Luis Santeiro. It includes television scripts for the bilingual sitcom "¿Qué Pasa, USA?" and other files related to the show such as contracts and reviews. The papers also consist of scripts and other documents related to his plays (such as programs and production files) and documents regarding "Carrascolendas".

Biographical Note

Luis Santeiro was born in 1948 in Havana, Cuba, leaving the island with his family at the age of 12 for Miami, Florida. Santeiro obtained a degree in sociology from Villanova University and is recognized for his work as a writer, playwright, and cinematographer.

Santeiro first worked as a television writer for "Carrascolendas", a bilingual children's television show that debuted in 1970 on Austin, Texas' KLRN public television station. In 1976, he became head writer of the bilingual sitcom "¿Qué Pasa, USA?", produced by Miami's public television station WPBT. "¿Qué Pasa, USA?" was a half-hour bilingual sitcom set in Miami's Cuban exile community that traced the lives of three generations of Cubans trying to make it in their new homeland. Running for five years, the show received six regional Emmys and nine special awards from the Association of Critics and Commentators on the Arts, for its producers, directors, writers and cast.

Santeiro wrote a total of 33 scripts for the show, including the pilot episode. In 1979 he joined the writing team of the children's television program "Sesame Street". Santeiro also contributed scripts and song lyrics to other children's programs such as, "3-2-1 Contact", "Carrascolendas", "Big Bag", "Oye, Willie", and "Little Bill". For his writing for children's television programs, Santeiro has been nominated for 20 Daytime Emmy Awards and won 14, 12 of these during his 29-year career with "Sesame Street."

Luis Santeiro is also recognized for his work as a playwright. Among his most notable plays are Our Lady of the Tortilla (1987), The Lady from Havana (1990), and The Rooster and the Egg (1994). For his musical Barrio Babies, Santeiro received the Edward Kleban and Richard Rodgers Award, and in 1995 was honored with the National Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences Award for his play A Royal Affair. Santiero has also been recognized for his contributions to Latino arts and culture with honors such as the Hispanic Achievement Award in 1991 and the Hispanic Heritage Award in 1993.

Subject/Index Terms

Cuban American authors
Dramatists, American
Dramatists, Cuban
Santeiro, Luis
Television programs - United States

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please, contact chc@miami.edu for more information.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Luis Santeiro, June 2003.

Related Materials:

Writer Information for Luis Santeiro. Cuban/Latino Theater Digital Archive. University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Cuban and Cuban American Theatre Collection (CHC5169), Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

INTAR Theatre Records (CHC5159), Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Related Publications:

Santeiro, Luis. "Caracol de Cayo Hueso", Hatuey" and "Paco". CHC Pamphlets No. 14: Children's and Juvenile Literature, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Santeiro, Luis. The Lady from Havana: A Play in Two Acts. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1991.

-----. Our Lady of the Tortilla. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1991.

-----. A Royal Affair. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1995.

Preferred Citation: Luis Santeiro Papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid revised and published online by María R. Estorino, November 2008. Container list added from legacy PDF container list, February 2014.

Other Note:

Sponsor Note:

This collection processed with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Rights Statement:

The text of this webpage is available for modification and reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts).


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[Series 1: ¿Qué Pasa, USA? Records, undated, 1976-1980],
[Series 2: Theater and Other Works, undated, 1973-2001],
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Series 1: ¿Qué Pasa, USA? Records, undated, 1976-1980Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Scripts, undated, 1976-1979Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Episode #1: Fiesta de Quince (Sweet fifteen), 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Episode #2: Ay, abuela (Un pie del otro lado), 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Episode #3: Los Novios, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Episode #6: Growing pains (El Hombrecito), 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Episode #7: Super Chaperone, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Episode #8: Gato Encerrado, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Episode #10: Malas compañias (Undesireable friend), 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Episode #11: TV Interview, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Episode #12: Juana Gets Smart, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Episode #13: Joe goes to the hospital (La Emergencia), 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Episode #14: Nirvana (The Peñas in search of Nirvana), 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Episode #15: Citizenship (Salad bowl), 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Episode #17: Dream (The Dream), 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Episode #18: Se necesita ser bilingue (Chichi Boutique), 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Episode #19: Here comes the bride, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Episode #20: Bodas de Porcelana (Porcelain Anniversary), 1978Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Episode #21: Limpieza general (Spring cleaning), 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Episode #22: Joe goes to heaven, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Episode #23: One Saturday afternoon (The thief), 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Episode #24: The Farewell party, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Episode #25: The Encounter, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Episode #26: The garage sale, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Episode #27: Patria and company, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Episode #29: Carmen's night out, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Episode #30: The confession, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Episode #31: The nephew from Jersey, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Episode #32: Vacations Peña style, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Episode #34: Carmen runs away (Carmen sevap'alcarrajo), 1979Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Episodes not produced: The baby brother (The child they never had), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Episodes not produced: Father thinks he knows best (Papá cree que se las sabe todas), 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Episodes not produced: La Anunciación (Virginity), 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Episodes not produced: The Saguera story (The wicked stage), 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Episodes not produced: Road to little Havana (Driving show), 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Treatments and outlines undated, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Treatments and outlines: The saint of Flagler street, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Treatments and outlines: The boat ride, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Treatments and outlines: A very important guest, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Treatments and outlines: Exit Joe, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Treatments and outlines: Sonny boy flies the coop, 1979Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Administrative Files, undated, 1976-1980Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Agreements and contracts, 1976-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1978-1980, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Editor's progress report, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Motion picture project, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Reviews undated, 1977-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Writers' package, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Series 2: Theater and Other Works, undated, 1973-2001Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Barrio Babies (musical play): Scripts and lyrics, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Musical scores, 2000Add to your cart.
Note: Music by Fernando Rivas
Folder 3: Production files, 1999-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The boy who couldn't remember (short children's story), 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Carrascolendas (children's television show): Administrative files undated, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Comments and treatments, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Script ideas and synopsis, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Productions files undated, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Teacher's guide, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: El huevo del gallo (play): Scripts, 1994Add to your cart.
See also The Rooster and the Egg; Note: Translated by Lily Hurts and Luis Santeiro
Folder 2: El huevo del gallo (play): Scripts, 1994Add to your cart.
See also The Rooster and the Egg; Note: Translated by Lily Hurts and Luis Santeiro
Folder 3: The Rooster and the Egg (play): Scripts undated, 1994Add to your cart.
See also El huevo del gallo
Folder 4: The Rooster and the Egg (play): Scripts undated, 1994Add to your cart.
See also El huevo del gallo
Folder 5: Production files, 1994Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miami Mambo, 1990Add to your cart.
Note: Un-produced screenplay commissioned by New Films
Folder 2: Mixed Blessings (play): Scripts, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Production files, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Nuestra Señora de la Tortilla (play): Scripts, undatedAdd to your cart.
See also Our Lady of the Tortilla
Folder 5: Our Lady of the Tortilla (play): Productions files, 1987-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Rezando con el enemigo (play): Scripts, 1998Add to your cart.
See also Praying with the Enemy; Note: Translated by Eugenia Cross
Folder 7: Praying with the Enemy (play) Scripts, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Praying with the Enemy (play) Scripts, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Production files, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 10: A Royal Affair (play): Production files, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 11: La Señora de la Havana (play): Scripts, 1992Add to your cart.
See also The Lady from Havana
Folder 12: The Lady from Havana (play): Production files, 1990-1991Add to your cart.
Series 3: Personal Papers, undated, 1990-2003Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Awards, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Clippings undated, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Resume, 2003Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: ¿Qué Pasa, USA? Records, undated, 1976-1980],
[Series 2: Theater and Other Works, undated, 1973-2001],
[Series 3: Personal Papers, undated, 1990-2003],
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