Director and Artistic Producer David Mendizábal (Tell Hector I Miss Him) has been named the associate artistic director of The Sol Project, the New York-based collective of artists whose mission is to amplify and produce the work of Latinx artists. Mendizábal is one of the Sol Project's founding members; he is also a designer and one of the producing artistic leaders of The Movement Theatre Company (What to Send Up When It Goes Down).
In addition, director, choreographer, and deviser Rebecca Martinez and Julian Ramirez, a talent manager at Lasher Group, will also join The Sol Project as members of the artistic collective.
“This expansion of our leadership team marks a wonderful and important chapter in the life of The Sol Project," says Jacob G. Padrón, founder and artistic director of The Sol Project (and who was recently named the new artistic director of Long Wharf Theatre). "These artists represent the very best of what our initiative stands for as we continue the work of seeding systemic change, creating meaningful partnerships, and helping to build a more inclusive American theater.”
Padrón will continue to lead The Sol Project as he begins his artistic directorship in New Haven in 2019.
“The Latinx theatre community is abundant with new voices and visions for an inclusive American Theatre, but too often these voices have been silenced or ignored," says Mendizábal. "I am thrilled to continue working with The Sol Project to create space for the development of Latinx artists and to aid in connecting them with artistic homes in New York City and across the country. As an artist and leader the core values of joy, rigor and generosity, which steer The Sol Project’s mission, resonant deeply with my own personal values and I can't wait to see the initiative grow."
The Sol Project's founding memebers are Claudia Acosta, Adriana Gaviria, Mendizábal, Padrón, Laurie Woolery, Elena Araoz, and Kyoung Park. Araoz and Park have moved into advisory roles.
For more information visit SolProject.com.