PRTT - The Playwrights Unit at the Puerto Rican Travelling Theatre.

Miriam Colón

Artistic Director and Founder

As Founder, President, and Artistic Director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Ms. Colón is a pioneer of the Hispanic theatre. She is the leading creative force behind the PRTT's 40 years of activity. Under her guidance, the PRTT has staged 104 plays and reached tens of thousands of persons, many of them from Latino and other minority backgrounds. Her film credits include ONE EYED JACKS starring Marlon Brando, the Gabriel Garcia Márquez's film EDIPO ALCADE directed by Jorge Alí Triana, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES directed by Billy Bob Thornton, and SCARFACE starring Al Pacino. For the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, she interpreted the role of Bernarda in Federico Garcia Lorca's THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA.

Ms. Colón has been an arts panelist at the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and has lectured about her experiences as a minority woman in the performing arts. She has received over eight doctoral degrees, such as Doctor of Humane Letters, St. Peter's College (1979), Doctor of Fine Arts, InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico (1988), Doctor of Humane Letters, City College of City University of New York (1990), and many others. In 2004, Ms. Colón was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts & Culture), based in San Antonio, Texas.