Nicolas Valdez

Nicolas Valdez performing with Los Nahuatlatos at Hechale Fest at Pearl Brewery. Photo by Rogelio Garza

Nicolas Valdez is a Texas-based interdisciplinary performance artist and cultural arts educator. He is an accomplished musician having studied traditional Conjunto music since the age of 9 from pioneers like Valerio Longoria Sr., Santiago Jimenez Jr., and others. As a founding member of the Guadalupe Cultural Art Center’s resident you theater company, Grupo Animo, he has been writing and producing original theater for over 25 years. As an actor his theater credits include the 25th Anniversary touring production of Teatro Campesino’s Zoot Suit, Su Teatro’s production of Enrique’s Journey at the Los Angeles Theater Compnay’s (LATC) 2014 Encuentro De Las Américas, and Borderlands Theater’s production of MÁS in 2015. He continues to perform in various local and regional theater productions as well as an artist-in-resident in schools, universities, theaters and cultural art centers throughout the SouthWest. His one-man show, Conjunto Blues, which documents the Mexican American experience through Conjunto music, was featured at the LATC’s 2017 Encuentro De Las Américas and was recently featured in Seeking Common Ground – Latinx and Latin American Theater and Performance published by Methuen Drama. Nicolas has also received numerous grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, NALAC, NPN, WESTAF, NEA, Tourwest, Texas Folklife Commission and is a graduate of the NALAC Leadership Institute class of 2016. He is also a member of Los Nahuatlatos, a San Antonio based Xicano-fusion b

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