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MaArte Theatre Collective

MaArte Theatre Collective

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MaArte Theatre Collective

is a collaborative cohort of Pilipinx-American theatre-makers in San Diego, with the mission to create space for the Filipino-American experience in our diverse and dynamic culture through fearless storytelling.
YOUR BEST AMERICAN GIRL as a part of The  7th Annual San Diego International Fringe Festival In this world premiere solo show, the idea of what it means to be your best self is explored through movies, TV, music, and media. And dance. Local San Diego actor and MaArte Co-Artistic Director Ciarlene Coleman performs through her favorite stories while sharing some of her own, as YOUR BEST AMERICAN GIRL.

“YOUR BEST AMERICAN GIRL” is written and will be performed by Co-Artistic Director, Ciarlene Coleman and diirected by Co-Artistic Director Yari Cervas; Produced by MaArte Theatre Collective.

…and be sure to look out for the rest of our programming this year, too! Including:

  • MaArte Theatre Collective’s 2nd Summer New Play Festival Curated and Directed by Yari Cervas
  • Fall New Play Reading Series Curated by Yari Cervas & Michael Subido

Tickets: [will be available on the #sdfringe19 website soon!]
Learn more through our Facebook page @MaArteTheatreCollective or our website,

Our Story
In 2018, 6 young Pilipinx-American theatre artists in San Diego felt a deep lack of Asian – but especially Filipino – representation in theatre, media, music, and other storytelling mediums. After forming a bond over the desire to see more of our own stories celebrated in the wider world, we realized that you can’t wait for someone else to invite you to tell your story– you just have to start telling it. So, in February of 2018, we founded the MaArte Theatre Collective to create space for the Filipino-American experience in our diverse and dynamic culture.
The MaArte Collaborators
Co-Artistic Directors: Yari Cervas & Ciarlene Coleman
The MaArte Producers: Reanne Acasio, Baby Bagos Hood, Patrick Mayuyu, Shaun Tuazon-Martin, Claudette Santiago, and Michaela Subido.

Why “maarte”? “Maarte,” translated literally from Tagalog, means “artistic” or “creative.” However, the word has become commonly used to instead to refer to a young woman as “high-maintenance,” “picky,” or “pretentious.” In other words, “maarte” means “a diva”. We have chosen to reclaim and redefine this word. To us, it means bold. It means audacious. It means filled with the power of creativity. We are selective and we know exactly what we want – the fair and honest representation of the fullness of the Filipino-American experience – and we’re out to get it.

Fund Leader: Claudette Santiago
Fund Type: Schools, Fine Arts, & Athletics, Community Benefits

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Announcing…YOUR BEST AMERICAN GIRL at #sdfringe19

May 19th, 2019: Our summer plans are officially kicking off! Rehearsals begin TOMORROW, so we’re opening up our campaign to fund for production. Because our organizers are all volunteers, all money donated goes directly into production costs, including:

  • artist compensation (We are offering stipends to the designers, stage managers, and all hired actors for our summer productions.)

  • venue rental fees (MaArte is a vagabond theatre organization, so we reserve spaces separately for each event.)

  • production fees (We plan on putting on even bigger shows this year, and we are going to invest in sets, props, projection screens, and whatever else we need to create ambitious theatre!)

Our campaign lasts until July, and we receive checks from One Mission on a monthly basis. We appreciate your continued support!

The FLIP Side: A night of FOB-ulous Theatre

The MaArte Theatre Collective Presents

The FLIP Side: A Night of FOB-ulous Theatre

May 7 at 8pm

Ocean Beach Playhouse

4944 Newport Ave D, San Diego, CA 92107

TICKETS: $15 General Admission

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Sort-of-Brown Sisters. Always-the-Sidekick-But-Never-the-Star Actors. Fierce-But-Long-Forgotten Friends. All American. All Filipino. Join MaArte for 7 fully-staged short plays that explore exactly what it is to be a hyphenated human-being.

Featuring …

“Accents” by Ciarlene Coleman

Directed by Meg Stoll Tron

“High Stakes” by Ruth Pe Palileo

Directed by Ciarlene Coleman

“Inay’s Wedding Dress” by Conrad A. Panganiban

Directed by Christine Nathanson

“Distinguished Competition” by Marc Abrigo

Directed by Meg Stoll Tron

“That is Not Yours” by Molly Olis Krost

Directed by Christine Nathanson

A Monologue

“Bachelor Moon (Excerpt)” by Thelma De Castro

Directed by Claudette Santiago

“Colored” by Carol Cabrera

Directed by Christine Nathanson

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