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 2020

Blood Wedding

By Frederico García Lorca

In a small rural village in Spain, a son has decided to marry a young woman from a neighboring village. However, the bride is secretly still in love another man. The wedding goes on and the guests start arriving, all while the bride is struggling with inner turmoil: can she be content in her choice of groom or will she be magnetically pulled to her other love, the enemy’s son? Secrets are revealed and choices are made that create chaos and havoc on the wedding day. Will the bride and groom end up together? Will the enemy prevail? How much blood will be spilled, and is it fate or is it chance? Blood Wedding is a beautiful balance of traditional romantic tropes and unconventional circumstances mixed with a little magic.

Thursday, Feb. 27 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 – 2 p.m.
Monday, March 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 5 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 – 2 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Auditorium



Decolonizing Dance: Celebrating Bodies of Color

The Palo Alto College dance program and Teatro Palo Alto invite the international community of dancers and scholars to its first annual dance festival, bringing together artists who live and work on the margins of dance and movement. We welcome dance professionals who are Black, Indigenous, or of color to submit work that will contribute to a dynamic conversation on decolonization and dance. Submit performance proposals to pac-danza@alamo.edu.

Thursday, April 30-Saturday, May 2 

"We learn and transmit knowledge through embodied action, through cultural agency, and by making choices. Performance, for me, functions as an episteme, a way of knowing, not simply an object of analysis... If performance did not transmit knowledge, only the literate and powerful could claim social memory and identity." – Diana Taylor, The Archive and The Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas



Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Music and lyrics by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY: This groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt, an East German rock 'n' roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just "an angry inch." This outrageous and unexpectedly funny and touching story is told in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine, ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile.

Thursday, May 14 – 6 p.m. 
Friday, May 15 – 6 p.m. 
Saturday, May 16 – 6 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Black Box Theatre


Fall 2019

Under the Mango Tree

By Carmen Rivera

This coming-of-age play follows Lena, a 12-year-old tomboy sent to live with her strict, superstitious grandmother in the mountains of Puerto Rico after her parents’ divorce. She spends her days playing basketball with the local kids and unraveling the mystery of the poisoned mango tree on her grandmother’s property. As Lena uncovers clues to the decades-old local myth, she comes to realize the truth cuts deeper than she could ever know. Under The Mango Tree employs magical realism to expertly explore family, history, and adolescence.

Thursday, Oct. 10 – 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 – 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 14 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 17 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20 – 2 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Black Box Theatre (PERF 171)


Mariachi Girl

By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

Ten-year-old Carmencita dreams of being in her father’s Mariachi band, but he insists that mariachi groups can only include men. When Carmencita reads a book about a famous female mariachi, it expands her world and her notion of what is possible. As an uplifting bilingual family performance full of vibrant original mariachi music, Mariachi Girl explores how one girl can challenge her identity in a modern society while embracing her rich heritage. 

Thursday, Nov. 14 – 10 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 15 – 10 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 – 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21 – 10 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 22 – 10 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23 – 6 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Auditorium


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.