GALA Hispanic Theatre

GALA (Grupo de Artistas LatinoAmericanos) Hispanic Theatre is a National Center for Latino Performing Arts in the nation's capital. Since 1976 GALA has been promoting and sharing the Latino arts and cultures with a diverse audience, creating work that speaks to communities today, and preserving the rich Hispanic heritage for generations that follow. By developing and producing works that explore the breadth of Latino performing arts, GALA provides opportunities for the Latino artist, educates youth, and engages the entire community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.


Winter Programs
Asterisk (*) indicates synchronous engagement available.

EL PERRO DEL HORTELANO (The Dog in the Manger) by Lope de Vega *
The Dog in the Manger is a hilarious comedy by the master of Spain’s Golden Age, Lope de Vega, that explores how relationships and family ties are affected in a classist society. This production continues GALA’s history of adapting classical gems with timeless themes for today’s audiences. This pre-recorded performance will mimic the experience of a GALA student matinee, presented in Spanish with English captions. Also included in your AHFES experience is a 45-minute virtual, interactive and live pre-show workshop with a GALA Hispanic Theatre teaching artist. 
Content Areas: English/Literature, World Languages/Global Studies, Arts
Discipline: Theatre
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide, Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance
Learning Standards: 

  • Common Core Standards: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and word, Perceive and analyze artistic work (describe/compare and record personal reactions to artistic choices in a drama/theatre work, apply criteria to the evaluation of artistic choices in a drama/theatre work, respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theater work to develop criteria for artistic choices, demonstrate an understanding of multiple interpretations of artistic criteria and how each might be used to influence future choices of a drama/theatre work, use historical and cultural context to structure and justify drama/theatre work.
  • OSSE Theatre Strand 3: Analyze, critique and respond to theatre and dramatic media, grades 7-12. 
  • OSEE Theatre Strand 4: Apply theatrical concepts to construct meaning and understanding in other subject areas, grades 8-12

Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult/Alternative Education
Length: 79 minutes
Additional Languages: Spanish
Accessibility Measures: Adjustable Volume, Closed Captioning, Large Font Print
This program/resource is accommodating of students with learning/developmental disabilities.

Leyendo Con GALita
Leyendo Con GALita is a new online series providing read-aloud videos to educators, free of cost. This 12-week series is designed for children ages 4 to 9, and will feature the best of Spanish children’s books read by GALA actors, teaching artists, and other special guests.
Content Areas: Arts, World Languages/Global Studies, Diversity
Discipline:Theatre
Resource type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance
Learning Standards: Spanish language immersion, strengthening Spanish phonics and phonological awareness skills, building Spanish listening skills and engagement, building Spanish vocabulary, building Spanish fluency skills, building Spanish comprehension
Grades: Early Childhood (0-5), PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

XVI Fuego Flamenco Festival
XVI Fuego Flamenco Festival, a longtime DC favorite among school groups and the general public, presents Íntimo. This show focuses on the essence of flamenco, the synergy and interdependence of music, rhythm, and movement, as well as the connection among its performers. Directed and performed by D.C. local flamenco legends, Edwin Aparicio and Omayra Amaya.
Content Areas: Arts
Discipline: Dance
Resource Type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance
Learning Standards: 

  • DC State Standards Strand 3: Analyze, critique, and respond to dance (Grades 4+)
  • Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
 Enduring Understanding: Space, time, and energy are basic elements of dance. Essential Question(s): How do dancers work with space, time and energy to communicate artistic expression?

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult/Alternative Education
Length: 50 minutes
Additional Languages: Spanish
Accessibility Measures: Adjustable Volume
This program/resource is accommodating of students with learning/developmental disabilities.


Previous Lotteries

Fall Lottery

El Perro del Hortelano - Virtual Performance + Pre and Post Show Workshop
Presented by: GALA Hispanic Theatre
The Dog in the Manger is a hilarious comedy by the Master of Spain’s Golden Age, Lope de Vega, that explores the pain of love in a classist society. This production continues GALA’s history of adapting classical gems with timeless themes for today’s audiences.
Date: October 5-November 20
Time: Flexible as it is virtual and according to how the educator would like to build it into their curriculum.
Length of Event: Pre-and post-show workshops would be 30-45 minutes, the actual virtual performance is 1.5 hours for a total of 2.5-3 hours over 3 sessions.
Location: Virtual
Content Area: English/Language Arts
Medium: Theatre
Learning Standards: Spanish language exposure and vocabulary building, Emergent bilinguals communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of language arts, Perceive and analyze artistic work

Grades: 9th - 12th, Adult/ Alternative Education
Ticket Capacity: 200, The performances can be all at once, and we can break up the pre-and post-show workshops to smaller groups for a more effective learning experience.
Supplementary Materials: Bilingual Study Guide

Winter Lottery

EXQUISTA AGONÍA  (Exquisite Agony) 
Presented by: Gala Hispanic Theatre
Millie is an opera singer whose composer husband, Lorzenzo, died in a car accident. Shortly after, his heart was transplanted into the chest of Amér, a young man from Latin America who has traveled to Miami for the procedure. Millie tracks down the surgeon who performed the transplant, Doctor Castillo, to try to arrange a meeting with Amér, hoping to discover some remnant of her deceased husband. 
Dates: February 13th
Time: 10:30AM
Program Length: 2 hours
Location: Gala Hispanic, 3333 14th St. Washington, DC 20010
Content: Social Studies/History/Geography, Arts, Diversity
Grades: 9th-12th
Ticket Capacity: 200 tickets

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