The School of Performing Arts (EAD in Spanish) was founded in 1968 within the Arts Faculty at the University of Costa Rica, thanks to the initiative of stage director and playwright Daniel Gallegos. However, in 1970 was when it achieved its consolidation. This initiative was supported by the General Secretary of the University of Costa Rica, Dr. Otto Jiménez Quirós and the Rector Carlos Monge Alfaro.
Throughout its history the EAD has been guided by different curricula, which has reflected the ideological, historical, technical and aesthetic concerns of the faculty, students needs, the labor market demands, and the evolution of theater in Costa Rica.
The founding of the University Theater (UT) in 1950 is one of the most important initial events of the national scene activity of the second half of the twentieth century. It was organized under the supervision of Spanish actors from the Lope de Vega Company. Soon after, Lucio Ranucci assumes direction and organizes a realitvely stable and young group. After a brief period of inactivity, the Costa Rican Jose Tassies is responsible for the direction, so that later, in 1963, it passes into the hands of the Costa Rican playwright and director Daniel Gallegos.
Since 1970, thanks to the founding of the School of Performing Arts, the University Theater mounts its plays with casts, mostly comprising students. It was reorganized in 1988 under the responsibility of the Dramatic Arts School, where currently you can enroll in the levels of Bachelor, degree and Masters in Performing Arts.
Some of the foreign teachers, actors and directors who have worked at the UT are: Donald Wadley and William Oliver of United States; Atahualpa del Cioppo, Júver Salcedo, Juan Jones, Lilian Olhagaray and Mario Aguerre from Uruguay; Stoyan Vladich from Peru; and Mohsen Yasseen from Iraq. They brought their expertise into the professionalization of the University Theater.
UT defines itself as a center of theater production, creation and experimentation, and an as active element that participates in the historical evolution of it’s society. It’s a professional theater in the sense that it assumes its artistic duty with the responsibility and ethics of those who practice it as a way of life and as a job. It is an experimental theater because it stimulates searching for new forms of theatrical expression and the transformation and renewal of language stage, taking risks, in the ideological, aesthetic and technical aspects, always looking to raise questions about the cultural identity of the Costa Rican people.
In addition, it aims to bring director, teachers and guests from abroad. It also has the mission to spread the art of theater among the social sectors that don’t have access to theater in the metropolitan area.
The theater has done more than 151 stage productions from Costa Ricans, Latin Americans, U.S.A. and Europeans authors. These productions have won national awards in various years: 44 for students, graduates and debutantes, and 50 for teachers from the Dramatic Arts School and theater productions, and in 1994, it received the National Award for Best Group and Best Scenic Production, in 1997 the National Award as Best Director and Best actress, in 1999 for Best Director. Their productions have made national and international tours and participated in conferences and festivals throughout America and Europe.
The Sol Theater is sponsored by the University Theater and its activities are directed by a committee composed of students and graduates of the Dramatic Arts School. The Sol Theater (Sun theater) is born in 1997 thanks to the initiative of the Board of Directors of the Students Association of Performing Arts, with the goal to offer a new alternative to theater in Costa Rica.
Its creation comes to support performers, directors, musicians, scene technicians, and later authors, seeking to become a collective generator of new values in the theater movement in Costa Rica, since it is an “Experimental Workshop” for students and graduates of the Dramatic Arts School.
Address: At the University of Costa Rica Arts School, district: San Pedro, canton: Montes de Oca, provincia: San José, Costa Rica. Código postal de la zona: 11501.
GPS Coordinates: 9.936456,-84.047961 (9°56’11.24″N, 84°02’52.66″W)