José Pedro Undurraga, Rector of Universidad de Las Américas, with Andrés Chadwick, the Minister Secretary General of the Chilean Government, and Mauro Lombardi, the Dean of UDLA’s Faculty of Arts and Communications, inaugurated the El Zócalo Theater. The new theater will have a total capacity of 200 people and will be open to UDLA students, artists and the local community to support and promote culture.
“We hope this new space becomes a place for the development of different artistic expressions. It will also be a platform for academic work and professional practice”, said Mauro Lombardi.
During the opening ceremony, students from UDLA’s School of Dance delivered a performance that evoked traditional Chilean characters, including white dressed pastry sellers. Music was played by students from the university. Even the cocktails were prepared and served by UDLA students in the Culinary Arts program with their director, Joel Solorza.
After the opening, the guests watched the Chilean play “Amores de Cantina”, performed by a distinguished cast and directed by Mariana Muñoz, a professor from the School of Acting.
The Rector explained that starting in October the theater will be available for rental to third parties. Also, at the end of this year, the doors will be open to all those who want to watch the final projects of the School of Arts.
Different personalities related to the communications and arts were present in the event, among them: Italo Passalaqua, entertainment journalist; Rafael Cavada, TV journalist; and Patricio González, director of National Television. They shared the moment with UDLA authorities, including Board Member Jesús Villate; Academic Vice Rector, Pilar Armanet; Vice Rector of Operations, Francisco Ríos; Vice Rector of Marketing, Manfred Jürgensen, and the Director of the School of Arts, Flavia Radrigán.