Teatro Palo Alto

Teatro Palo Alto is the producing arm of the Palo Alto College drama program. There are four shows per season, with two shows during the fall semester and two in the spring. The department operates out of two theatre spaces: a 400-seat auditorium and a 100-seat black box theatre.

Teatro Palo Alto strives to create high quality theatre experience for the bilingual, multicultural community in South San Antonio. Diversity, including gender, is also a cornerstone to our vision, with at least half of the productions each season being written by women. It is crucial for the health of the community to see itself represented in popular culture and the arts. Teatro Palo Alto seeks to bridge the representation chasm that exists in the arts.


Spring 2019

Los Mecánicos Groseros

From William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Freely adapted by Nicolás E. Castañon

This original show pulls from William Shakespeare's exhilarating tale of midsummer madness! A comedy filled with mistaken identity, a close-knit group of friends, and a mischief making sprite, this performance includes the joyful celebration of friendship, the slapstick comedy of Bottom, and the glory of the duke's court.

Thursday, March 7 – 10 a.m.
Friday, March 8 – 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 9 – 6 p.m.
Friday, March 22 – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 – 6 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Auditorium

General admission: $8
Students: $5
Children 13 and under: Free
Daytime performances on March 7, 8, and 22: Free



Next to Normal

Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Diana has lived with bipolar depressive disorder and delusional episodes for the past seventeen years. The illness has affected everyone in her life, and has nearly torn her family apart on several occasions. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting the family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

Thursday, May 2 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 5 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 9 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 12 – 2 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Auditorium

General admission: $15
Students: $8
Seniors and Military: $12
Children 13 and under: Free

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Fall 2018

El Muerto Vagabundo

By Georgina H. Escobar

In this bilingual performance, it is Day of the Dead in the City of Bridges when The Kid, a near homeless orphan looked after by his older sister, makes an ofrenda to summon his parents. What he encounters instead is a vagabundo; a tramp who mistakenly takes the kid’s offering for himself. As the kid chases after him, he ends up under a bridge, in a place called The Underworld where the forgotten, lost, and dispossessed (los olvidados) lay down for a night’s rest. Offering his innocent insight to each of his new, lonely friends, The Kid insists in building an altar, and lighting a candle to honor their dead. The Kid learns about stories, as they all reconnect, of those people or lives that hide under bridges—whether real or fake. In a highly theatrical and metaphorical way, we encounter traditions, through ritual, song, and good old-fashioned story-telling in this darkly-whimsical play.

Friday, Oct. 12 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 14 – 2 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 15 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 – 2 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater (PERF 171)


Flor to Somewhere

By Christina Quintana

There’s a new superhero in town, and her name is Flor. Hailing from Mexico City, and equipped with one invisible rocket ship, Flor is faced with the challenge all great superheroes have to face at one time or another, how to find home. With the help of the friendly spirit of a Greek restaurant owner, Flor travels through time to discover what it takes to turn “nowhere" into somewhere.

Thursday, Nov. 8 – 10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 12 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15 – 10 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 16 – 10 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 16 – 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17 – 6 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Auditorium

General admission: $8
Students: $5
Children 10 and under: Free

Tickets will be sold at the box office. Cash only.



Past seasons

Teatro Palo Alto launched its inaugural season of stage performances in 2016. 

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Box Office 

Child, senior, and student discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased online when available. For tickets and more information, please call the Box Office at 210-670-6670. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.