Theater director and producer Jerry Ruiz has been named the new executive director of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
NYC-based director and producer Jerry Ruiz will take the helm of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center as its new executive director, the West Side Latino arts and culture organization announced today. Ruiz, a South Texas native, will take the reins of the San Antonio cultural institution beginning May 4.
The Guadalupe, which promotes Chicano, Latino and Native American culture through a number of programs, including the Museo Guadalupe and CineFestival — the nation's first Latino film festival — hopes to position itself as a leader in the national Latino arts scene under its new leadership.
Ruiz most recently served as curator and producer of the Crossing Borders Film Festival with New Jersey's Two River Theater Company. The Harvard grad and prominent off-Broadway theater director considers himself a passionate advocate for Latino artists.
"I envision The Guadalupe becoming a real force not just locally but nationally by serving as a home for top flight Latino artists from around the U.S.," Ruiz said in a statement. "It's important to stay true to the Center's mission and audience, while at the same time cultivating relationships with notable Hispanic artists from around the country."
Ruiz will take over leadership of The Guadalupe from its original executive director, Pedro Rodríguez, who returned to his prior role following the departure of Patty Ortiz last September
. The nonprofit institution embarked on a national search for new leadership following her decision to resign.
According to a press release, Ruiz gained previous administrative experiences at numerous arts organizations, including the New York City's 92nd Street Y, Second Stage Theater and La Jolla Playhouse.
The Guadalupe's next big endeavor is the upcoming 34th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival
, set for May 13-17, 2015. Look for our guide to the festivities in the May 13 issue of the San Antonio Current