Marc David Pinate

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Marc David Pinate has worked with noteworthy theaters across the country including Magic Theatre, Campo Santo, El Teatro Campesino, ShadowLight Productions, Steppenwolf, and Victory Gardens. He was the recipient of a Doris Duke three-year residency at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California where he founded the Hybrid Performance Experiment known for their site specific theatre performances. Marc was a member of the spoken word troupe, Chicano Messengers of Spoken Word for which received a National Performance Network commission in to co-author Fear of a Brown Planet. He taught acting at San Jose State University’s department of Television, Radio, Film and Theatre for eight years. In June 2013, he completed an MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. Pinate is the Producing Artistic Director of Borderlands Theater where he conceived and directed Mas, a docu-theater project about the banning of ethnic studies in Arizona incorporating indigenous ceremony; and the Barrio Stories projects – a series of large scale, site specific creative placemaking spectacles bringing professional artists in collaboration with community members and cross-sector partners to preserve the character and heritage of Tucson’s historic Mexican American neighborhoods. In 2019 he received a $50,000 NEA Our Town Grant to begin work on Barrio Stories Nogales at the US-Mexico border. From 2018-2019 was part of the Arizona Creative Communities inaugural cohort, a one year program, sponsored by Arizona State University’s Herberger Institue of Art and Design and the Arizona Commission on the Arts designed to develop placemaking and civic practice projects throughout the state of Arizona.  His innovative efforts have been featured in American Theatre magazine, HowlRound, Arizona Daily Star, and Remezcla to name a few. Pinate has taught theater at Pima Community College in Tucson and guest directed at the University of Arizona School of Theater.