Luis Alfaro introduced his resignation as affiliate inventive director at Center Theatre Group on Fb Nov. 2.
In his social media announcement, Alfaro shared the letter he despatched to CTG employees a number of weeks prior. Within the letter, he referred to as on the theater establishment to push ahead with change.
For the document:
6:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 2022Luis Alfaro turned affiliate inventive director of CTG in July 2021, not late 2021.
“We have a long way to go in our pandemic recovery AND in our commitment to equity and diversity,” he wrote in his publish. “A training does not make change, change makes change. Making art is making tension, so keep pushing against all that we know needs shifting.”
Alfaro has been CTG’s affiliate inventive director since July 2021, arriving just a few months earlier than inventive director Michael Ritchie’s retirement on the finish of that 12 months. Alfaro’s final day with the establishment was Nov. 1.
Alfaro wrote that if he didn’t go away now, he would have remained with CTG for 10 years. “I don’t always know where I am going next, as is the case here, but I do know when to move on,” he wrote.
“Luis is one of the busiest artists in the business and we were so fortunate to have him as one of our artistic leaders for the past year and a half as we’ve navigated this particularly challenging time reimagining our theatre and artist programs after the pandemic,” Meghan Pressman, managing director and chief government of CTG, stated in an announcement to The Occasions. “He’s been a member of the Center Theatre Group family for years, and it is my belief that this isn’t our last crossroads. While I’m sad for Center Theatre Group, I’m inspired by Luis’ decision to focus his energies more fully on his writing and teaching for his next chapter — what we all really need right now are great artists and mentors to help lead the way forward.”
Within the letter, Alfaro stated he believes there’s a higher place to make the most of his items. He additionally reminisced concerning the firm’s accomplishments throughout his temporary time within the place.
“There is lots to be proud of, including midwifing ten new plays by women playwrights from Los Angeles, into the American theatre through our Writers Workshop,” he wrote. “To be with these playwrights every other Saturday for over a year, (we are still meeting!) digging into idea and poetry, is something I always want to do.”
Alfaro first labored as an usher at CTG, then as a performer. He ran the Latino Theatre Initiative with Diane Rodriguez for 10 years and in addition led New Play Improvement.
When his function as affiliate inventive director was first introduced in 2021, Alfaro advised The Occasions that he dreamt about CTG representing the range of his native metropolis. His resignation letter factors to some productions he considers successes on this regard: opening the Kirk Douglas following a two-year pandemic shutdown with “Alma,” a play written by Whittier-raised Benjamin Benne, and a season of works by all ladies and nonbinary artists.
Alfaro expressed considerations about inclusivity when he took on the function, saying, “The architecture [of the company] itself, has to be shifted in order to reflect the city.”
Whereas his resignation comes abruptly in the midst of CTG’s 2022-23 season, Alfaro has stated previously that change is native to theater.
“I’ve always said with any job I’ve ever had that it could end tomorrow or in a year or it could end whenever it ends,” he advised The Occasions in 2021. “I’m OK with all of it. I think it’s important to think about the theater with that kind of fluidity because if you’re going to have a life in the theater, you have to be willing to accept how things move and change.”
Alfaro didn’t reply to a request from the Occasions for remark.