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Name: Rojas, Teresa María


Historical Note: Teresa María Rojas was born in Havana, Cuba and graduated from the University of Havana in 1957.  She studied acting at Sala Prometeo, a small theater located in Havana.  After leaving Cuba in 1960, she went to Venezuela and then to Miami in 1963.  Rojas began working as a professor of theater and acting at Miami-Dade College (MDC, also formerly known as Miami-Dade Community College) in 1972.  In 1985, Rojas founded the Prometeo Theater, a bilingual theater group at MDC and assumed position of its artisitc director.  More than 400 students worked in the Prometeo Theater each year.  During her teaching career, Rojas has performed, produced and directed more than 90 plays.  In recognition of her teaching, she has been endowed with three Teaching Chairs.  Further, one of her former students, Nilo Cruz, wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning play in the drama category, "Anna in the Tropics." Rojas performed in the play, when in returend to Miami after its Broadway debut.  Rojas has over 35 years of theater acting and teaching experience.
Sources:

Rojas, Teresa María. "Curriculum Vitae."

Rojas, Teresa María. "Biographical Piece."

"Tapping Cuban Roots for American Drama." The New York Times. The Arts. April 9, 2003.

"Nilo Cruz reminds us anew of the power of Anna in the Tropics." SouthFlorida.com October 5, 2004.







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