One of the strengths of the Cuban Heritage Collection is its holdings of the papers of theater artists in Cuba and the diaspora, principally the papers of playwrights, designers, performers, directors, and theater companies. Included here are items digitized from these collections, primarily photographs, playbills, and costume and set designs.
Materials have been digitized in partnership with the Cuban Theater Digital Archive and with the generous support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, The Goizueta Foundation, and the Knight Foundation. Visit our Grants History page for more information.
You may also visit the individual collections that make up the CHC Theater Collections:
María Julia Casanova Papers
Selected playbills, scripts, costume and set drawings, and posters documenting Casanova's theatrical career as director, writer, and designer.
Randy Barceló Collection
Cuban-born Randy Barceló (1946-1994) was the first Hispanic nominated for a Tony Award for costume design for 1972's Jesus Christ Superstar. Selected design drawings, theater production photographs, and posters have been digitized and are available online.
Herberto Dumé Papers
Selected photographs and theater programs from the papers of the Cuban theater director Herberto Dumé (1929-2003).
Carlos Felipe and Rosa Felipe Papers
A selection of programs, photographs, correspondence, and clippings from the papers of Cuban playwright Carlos Felipe (1911-1975) and his sister, actress Rosa Felipe (1917-2009).
Manuel Martín, Jr. Papers
Production photographs of plays written by Cuban-born playwright and theater director Manuel Martín, Jr. (1934-2000), who founded Teatro Duo/ Duo Theater with Magaly Abalú in New York in 1969.
Teresa María Rojas Papers
Selected photographs, playbills, programs, letters, and clippings from the collection of Cuban-born actress and theater director Teresa María Rojas.
Leandro Soto Papers
Designs and playbills of the exhibitions and performances by Leandro Soto, Cuban-born set and costume designer, and a visual and performance artist.
Caridad Svich Papers
Selected photographs of theatrical productions of the works of the US Latina playwright, translator, songwriter, and editor Caridad Svich.
Patronato del Teatro Ephemera
The Patronato del Teatro Ephemera Collection contains programs and playbills from performances at the Patronato del Teatro theater in Havana, Cuba. The theater presented modern theater works by Hispanic authors as well as English-language plays translated into Spanish and was active from the late 1940s until the late 1950s.
Theater Ephemera Collection
Selected playbills, programs, and handbills of Cuban theater productions on the island and in the U.S., primarily Miami, Florida.
Theater Poster Collections
Selected posters of theater productions in the U.S., primarily in Miami, Florida, and in Cuba.