Cuban Theatre Duo Coming in February as Global Leaders in Residence

| January 6, 2015
Carrio and Lauten, the celebrated Cuban theatre duo, will be in residence at Webster throughout February 2015.

Playwright Raquel Carrio and director Flora Lauten, the celebrated Cuban theatre duo, will be in residence at Webster throughout February 2015.

This February, Webster University will welcome Cuba’s most celebrated theater duo – director Flora Lauten and playwright Raquel Carrio – as the College of Arts & Sciences 2015 Global Leaders in Residence.

The co-founders of Cuban theater company Teatro Buendia will spend five weeks at Webster’s home campus, sharing their expertise in literary adaptation, translation and production with the community through a four-week course, a series of workshops and public events.

“The Global Leaders in Residence make direct connections for Webster students and the community with distinguished professionals from around the world,” said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, president of Webster University. “Through these interactions, expertise is shared, talent is developed, and relationships are formed.  At a time when this country’s relationship with Cuba is evolving, we are fortunate to welcome Flora Lauten and Raquel Carrio who will advance the goals of the Global Leaders in Residence initiative and enhance our growing interest in partnerships with Cuban leaders.”

“This year’s guests would not have been possible if it was not for the hard work and connections that our faculty and staff have established with academics in Cuba during the last few years.” said Julian Schuster, Webster’s provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “As a result of that groundwork, our students and the community now have a unique opportunity to meet two of Cuba’s most respected performance artists.”

“We’re pleased to provide this kind of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to our students — particularly those in our creative writing program,” said David Carl Wilson, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “Flora and Raquel are gifted artists and innovators whose work transcends boundaries and shapes the theater scene worldwide.”

Keynote Feb. 5 – ‘La Tempestad: Theatre as a Game’

Lauten and Carrio will open their residency with a keynote presentation, La Tempestad: Theatre as a Game,” in Winifred Moore Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5. Admission is free and open to the public. Through discussion and multimedia, the keynote will give participants insight into Teatro Buendia’s distinctive approach to writing, staging, and producing Otra Tempestad (“Another Tempest”) – Lauten and Carrio’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Their version combines Shakespeare’s familiar characters with the characters of Afro-Caribbean mythology, bringing elements of music and dance to the stage alongside Shakespeare-in-translation.

The theater duo will also lead a four-week workshop(ILC 2150) that focuses on two adaptations of The Tempest (including their own) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12-1 p.m.

“Having Flora and Raquel here for a month will allow as many students at Webster as possible, as well as members of the larger St. Louis community, to gain access to award-winning artists whose work and expertise are typically an ocean away,” Wilson said.

Read more about Lauten and Carrio’s work and their planned activities at Webster in this profile at Global Thinking and in this news story at

About GLIR

The Global Leaders in Residence program extends Webster University’s long-standing commitment to partnerships around the world. The program enables Webster to host distinguished individuals who are considered thought leaders in their fields from across a wide spectrum of disciplines. While in residence, Global Leaders interact with students to assist in real world learning by connecting theory to practice. Leaders share their unique perspectives based upon their experiences in forums that are free and open to all students, faculty and the general public.

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