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.


Fall 2021


Coming SoonThe Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Hector Garza

Four beautiful, fearless women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold.

Wednesday, Oct. 20 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 21 – 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24 – 2 p.m.

General Public $10
Alamo Colleges Students, Faculty, and Staff $5

Tickets can be purchase day of show at the ticket booth.



Señora TortugaSeñora Tortuga

By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
Directed by April January-Cox

Señora Tortuga is a celebration of the confluence of cultures and languages. This English/Spanish bilingual play uses the wisdom tales of Latin American cultures to give hope to a family faced with too much reality. Young Pedro and his family make their home in a barn on the Mexican border. Pedro complains of having nothing and brings his mother many headaches. On one occasion, she invites a hungry woman to share the family dinner. But this Señora returns time and again to eat and tell fantastical stories of the enchanted serpent and Cucuy of Latin American legend, filling Pedro’s nights with heroic, yet frightening dreams. Surprisingly, Pedro is learning from these wisdom tales, but his mother is suspicious of the Señora until it is revealed that Señora Tortuga holds the thread that ties their past dreams to their future. 

School Performances
Tuesday, Nov. 16 – 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17 – 11 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 18 – 11 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 19 – 11 a.m.

Public Performance
Saturday, Nov. 20 – 7 p.m.

General Public $10
Alamo Colleges Students, Faculty, and Staff $5

Tickets can be purchase day of show at the ticket booth.



Spring 2022


Coming SoonPAC Latino Play Festival

More information coming soon!

Thursday, Feb. 17 – 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 18 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 20 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24 – 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 25 – 7 p.m.
Saturday,  Feb. 26 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27 – 2 p.m.



Coming SoonBe More Chill

Music and Lyrics by Joe Iconis
Book by Joe Tracz
Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini
Directed by Nicolas E. Castanon

More information coming soon!

Thursday, Apr. 21 – 7 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 22 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 23 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 24 – 2 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 28 – 7 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 29 – 7 p.m.
Saturday,  Apr. 30 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 – 2 p.m.



Past seasons

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Box Office 

Please e-mail ncastanon3@alamo.edu for any questions. Box Office Staff will open the Box Office one hour prior to curtain.


10 minutes after curtain, tickets will no longer be sold.
Tickets are only valid on the printed date.

Ticket Prices
Adults $12.00
PAC Faculty & Staff, Military, Groups (10+), PAC Alumni, Non-PAC Student $10.00
PAC Students, Children (ages 4-12) $6.00
**All opening night performances for Teatro Palo Alto are $6.00 (all tickets)

COVID Protocol
The health and wellness of students and staff of Alamo Colleges District is our highest priority. Out of an abundance of caution, the Alamo Colleges District has made changes to the way we provide instruction and operate in light of the growing concerns related to the coronavirus.
For further information on PAC’s Return to Campus Plan, please click here.
• Face coverings are strongly encouraged but not required for everyone on campus.
• Seating will be limited to 100 patrons per performance.
• Social distancing will be followed.
• Health screening, including temperature checks are required upon arrival to any Alamo Colleges District Location.

Patrons arriving late will be seated at the House Manager’s discretion.
There is not late seating in the Black Box Theatre.
All seats are general admission.

Additional Policies
Programs will only be given upon entrance to the theater.
Food and beverages are not allowed inside the theater.
Video and photography are not allowed inside the theater.