José Torres-Tama

Jose Torres TamaAbout the Artist:
José Torres-Tama explores the underbelly of the North American Dream mythology, the Latino immigrant experience, and the lingering legacy of white supremacist power structures in the United States. His interdisciplinary creative practices include spoken word poetry, critical essays, visual arts/installations, short films, and performance art. An NEA award recipient and Louisiana Theater Fellow, he received a 2010 Creation Fund from the National Performance Network for the commissioning of ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS & OTHER EVILDOERS, a sci-fi Latino noir and multimedia solo exploring the rise in hate crimes against immigrants in the U.S. His critically acclaimed post-Katrina performance The Cone of Uncertainty chronicles his dramatic escape from the flooded city on a stolen school bus three days after the levees breached.

Torres-Tama’s multidisciplinary performances, lectures, and interactive workshops have been presented at Vanderbilt University, Cornell, Duke, Rutgers, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, University of Maryland, Roehampton University in London, the Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool, and the Centre for Performance Research in Aberystwyth, Wales.

Current Projects:
José’s performances thrive on an inventive fusion of bilingual texts, exaggerated characters, conceptual rituals, and film projections, creating spectacles that are visually dynamic and politically charged. His solos have been presented at Performance Space 122 in New York; Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles; GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, DC, the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque; and the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. In the academy, Cornell, Duke, Vanderbilt, the University of Michigan, and the University of Maryland are some of the many institutions that have staged his work and academic lectures on performance art and social change. A recent international tour included performance projects at Roehampton University in London, The Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool, and the Center for Performance Research in Aberystwyth, Wales.

Contact Info:
Tour Contact: José Torres-Tama
2426 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA  70119

Fee Structure: *

  • Single lecture, reading, or workshop: $1,000.00
  • Single performance: $3,500.00
  • Residency that includes one performance and one or two activities, lecture and workshop: $4,000.00
  • Residency that includes two performances, and two residency activities: $5,000.00
  • Residency that includes up to three performances and three activities, a lecture and two workshops: $6,000.00

All stage productions are followed by a thirty-minute question and answer session with the artist, unless otherwise requested by the presenter.

*These prices do not include a $40.00 per diem and all travel and lodging expenses, which are the responsibility of the presenting organization.

Artistic Discipline:

  • theater
  • spoken word
  • multidisciplinary

Special programs available for:

  • Colleges and universities
  • K-12
  • Immigrant populations
  • Prisons

Jose Torres Tama

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.