Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras


Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras

Receives 2016 NPN Forth Fund

José Torres-Tama & ArteFuturo Productions

Returns for Residency in Tulsa @ LIVING ARTS



The Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Frontera and José Torres-Tama & ArteFuturo Productions, his producing entity, and Living Arts of Tulsa have received a 2016 National Performance Network Forth Fund to return to work with the Latina/no immigrant community. They will work with participants to engage them to perform their own stories on the Immigration Crisis.

All three awards support the Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras and its goal to transform a food vehicle into a mobile stage to reach non-traditional theater audiences—traversing economical, geographical, and racial borders to address the anti-immigrant hysteria gripping the United States post-9/11.

Living Arts of Tulsa is the lead commissioning arts organization for the Taco Truck Theater, and is also a recipient of the MAP Fund Award & the NPN Fort Fund, serving as the arts supporter for the project.

The performance is inspired by “documenting the stores of undocumented” people, and honoring their epic challenges in a time of immigrant persecution in the USA.


Tulsa, OK: Living Arts of Tulsa & Liggett Studio

Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras

Four-day Performance Workshop Series May 18-21

Supported by NPN Forth Fund Residency

May 21 Performance


José Torres-Tama and national collaborator Rose Simons will return to Tulsa to work with Latina/no immigrant community members, and cultivate their stories into a performance that will explore the lingering trauma of Oklahoma’s 2007 anti-immigrant law.

Both the NPN Fort Fund and the MAP Fund awards will help to support this residency. The aim in Tulsa is to have members of the Latina/no immigrant community perform their own stories alongside the ArteFuturo Ensemble, and the one-week residency will culminate in a work-in-process performance as part of Living Arts’ ArtCar Festival on Saturday, May 21.

The Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras is also a National Performance Network Creation Fund project, and it's being co-commissioned by Living Arts of Tulsa in Oklahoma and Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis.

In each city, the key collaborating artists will engage a local ensemble to explore a particular aspect of the Immigration Crisis in the respective cities of Tulsa,

Minneapolis, and New Orleans.

The Taco Truck Theateris the 2nd creative endeavor of an Immigration Trilogy performance artist José Torres-Tama is developing to explore this dark era of anti-immigrant hysteria gripping the country post9/11.


Artist Bio:


Ecuadorian-born José Torres-Tama is a 2015 MAP Fund award recipient for his radical theater on wheels called the Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras. This project also received a Partners in Action Award from Alternate ROOTS for the artist to collaborate with Puentes New Orleans in developing a series of events highlighting the contributions of Latina/no artists and immigrants to the post-Katrina reconstruction and 10th anniversary of the storm.

Also, he is an NEA Regional Artists Project award winner for his genre-bending performance installations and a Louisiana Theater Fellow.  As a writer/poet, performance and visual artist, the effects of media on race relations, the underbelly of the North “American Dream” mythology, and the anti-immigrant hysteria currently gripping the USA.

Since 1995, he has toured his genre-bending solos nationally and internationally. Across the Atlantic, he has performed at Roehampton University and Live Art Development in London; the Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool; the Centre for Performance Research in Aberystwyth, Wales; the Castle of the Imagination Performance Festival in Poland; and the Performance Festival in Maribor, Slovenia. In the academy, Duke, Vanderbilt, Cornell, Tulane, LSU, OSU, and many others have presented his performances and lectures on art as a tool for social change.  Theaters like Performance Space 122 and Theater for the New City in New York, GALA Hispanic Theatre in DC, and the Los Angeles Theater Center have also presented his shows.

In 2013, he received a 2nd National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Award to develop the Taco Truck Theater, and in 2009, the NPN awarded him his first Creation Fund for ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS & OTHER EVILDOERS, which exposes the hypocrisy a system that dehumanizes immigrants while readily exploiting their labor.

In the visual arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York awarded him and the Ogden Museum of Southern Arts publication funds for his art book titled New Orleans Free People of Color & Their Legacy, a visual history project of pastel portraits on paper documenting 18th and 19th century Creoles of color in the Crescent City.

Diálogos Books New Orleans recently published Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares, a debut collection of twenty-five years of poems. From 2006 to 2011, he contributed commentaries to NPR’s Latino USA news journal—exploring the many challenges of life in New Orleans post-storm.  He is working with University of Lafayette Press on Hard Living in the Big Easy: Latinos & Immigration Crisis in New Orleans, documenting the struggle of Latino immigrant workers in the epic recovery of the port city post-Katrina.

His battle cry is NO GUACAMOLE for immigrant haters!  www.torrestama.com


Recent Press Links on Torres-Tama’s Projects:

•WWNO/89.9 FM NPR Station: Inside the Arts



New Orleans Advocate:



•NOLA Defender:






•The Advocate New Orleans:



•Nuestro Pueblo Blog/NOLA.com/Times-Picayune:



•NOLA.com/Times Picayune ALIENS Solo Review: