Jorge Luis Cacheiro, Chairman of the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences Performing Arts Department, has been a leading university theater innovator for almost two decades.
As a director, Cacheiro has a long history of working on new plays. He has directed world, U.S. and west coast premieres of plays by such prominent playwrights as Harry Kondoleon, David Lindsay-Abaire, Eduardo Machado and Luis Santeiro, in theaters ranging from New York Theater Workshop, Circle Repertory, INTAR in New York, Echo Theater in Los Angeles and the Magic Theater in San Francisco.
For the past ten years, Cacheiro has also focused on creating cultural bridges between the United States and his native Cuba. The work includes pursuing academic agreements between Cuba’s Institute of Superior Arts and American universities, bringing Cuban theater artists to the U.S., and most recently directing in Havana, Cuba. In 2010, with the Latin American premiere of Jorge Cortinas’ Canto del Pozo Ciego, Cacheiro became the first American director invited to lead a Cuban company. TCG and the Andrew Mellon Foundation generously supported this production. He returns to direct again in Havana in 2013.
On November 29 in New York City, he will be celebrated at the 10th Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards and scholarship gala for his leadership in the Hispanic community along with 17 other notable Latino achievers. Click here to learn more about Cachiero’s fellow honorees.
A personal profile, also appearing on LatinTRENDS “Meet the Trendsetters” website, is below.
Q & A
Where were you born & raised?
I was born in Havana, left at 4, and grew up in Queens NY.
Share some memories of your childhood.
There are many memories but two very strong memories as a
young boy are leaving Cuba and a lot of family I never saw again,
and then entering the American school system as a young boy not
speaking a word of English. Shock, shock, shock. You develop
tough skin quick.
What is some of your favorite music?
Favorite music – is electric blues. I love it’s soul and it’s wail!
Favorite artists — so, so many— including Beny More (can’t do the
accent on this keyboard), Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Derek and the
Dominoes, Beatles, Stones, Sinatra.
What does being Latino mean to you?
Latino – it’s a belief and pride in both our culture and in our case,
our unique American experience. We have all had to climb our
own mountains to get here, but we can never forget who came
before us or who will come after. Much of my work in Cuba is about this, it supersedes politics which
are always temporary compared to the human spirit – people who are forever.
As an honoree, what do you hope to accomplish?
Being a trendsetter winner is an honor and most importantly
an affirmation of my path, of opening dialogue among our
community and not being afraid to think BIG.
What advice would you give a young Latino looking to enter your field?
Follow your heart and protect your dream. There will always be
obstacles but they are just there to make you stronger.